2016 Holiday Edition – VELOCITY, Brooklyn, New York – 1935
Captain Frank Baumann's "VELOCITY" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1935. Built 1895 at New York, NY as the yacht "RAMBLER", it was later named the "ANNETTE" before becoming the "VELOCITY" in 1907. She first operated as a party boat in 1912 sailing from Messenger's Pier at Canarsie, Brooklyn under the command of Captain Samuel Leonard. In 1914, Captain Bill Stephens purchased the "VELOCITY" and continued to sail her from Messenger's Pier until relocating to the vessel to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in 1919. In May 1927, Captain Stephens purchased the luxury yacht "AU REVIOR" as his new vessel and Captain Frank Baumann purchased the "VELOCITY".
The photograph was taken by Staten Islander Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964), who was known as the "Official Photographer for the City of New York." Beginning in 1924, he combed the five boroughs, capturing scenes of the city's people, buildings, neighborhoods and waterfronts. He created more than 30,000 photographs, and his works comprise an amazingly detailed portrait of the City from 1924 through the early 1940s.