TAURUS, New York, NY – 1912
This photo was taken on the top or 'hurricane' deck of the triple-decker fishing steamboat "TAURUS" while at the 'Fishing Banks' in May of 1912. The "TAURUS" was one of many New York City based fishing steamboats that sailed from the mid-1800s until the early part of the last century. Her 234-foot iron hull had a beam of 32 feet and weighed 916 tons, and her sidewheels were 31 feet in diameter.
'Fishing Banks' was a generic term of the day used to describe any of the many fishing grounds off the New York and New Jersey coasts. Notice the sidewinder 'knuckle buster' fishing reels and bamboo rods used during this era.