1RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1957 The original party boat "RANGER" circa 1957. The "RANGER" sailed from Pier 6, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and was operated by Captain Mike Scarpati. She is a converted U.S. Army Bomb Target Boat, a vessel that towed targets used for open water bombing practice. In 1959, Captain Scarpati bought a replacement boat and sold the original boat to Captain Jack Endean who moved her to Point Pleasant, NJ. Captain Scarpati told Captain Endean that since the two boats were located in different states, he could continue sailing her as the "RANGER". She later became Captain Norman Mordaunt's "SEA RANGER" and sailed from Belmar, NJ.
2REGNILLES, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1957 Captain Ed Sellinger's "REGNILLES" (Sellinger spelled backwards) from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1957. Captain Sellinger was an expert welder and personally built this steel hulled vessel in 1951 at Newark, NJ. In 1960, Captain Sellinger replaced her with the "MISS REGNILLES".
3SAINT THERESA, Atlantic City, NJ – 1957 The "SAINT THERESA" was built in 1956 at Van Sant Boat Yard, Rock Hall, MD. She was owned by Captain John Hale and operated by Captain Andrew 'Andy' Applegate Jr. After only one season, she was sold to Captain Walter Siegler and became his "MARIE S I" sailing from Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ. She later sailed as the "LAZY BONES" from Highlands, NJ and is presently sailing as Captain Clem Kacergis' "YANKEE" from Harwich Port, MA. Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.
4SEA JET, Belmar, NJ – 1957 The "SEA JET" was built in 1944 at Bristol, RI as the US Navy Air Sea Rescue Boat "C-77461". After the end of World War II, the Navy transferred her to the US Coast Guard and she was renamed the "CG-63050". In 1949, she was declared a surplus vessel and sold to Captain David Shinn. He converted the boat to party boat fishing, named her the "BOBBY II" and operated the boat from Belmar, NJ.
In April of 1955, as she was returning from a day of fishing at the 'Cholera Banks', the 7,652-ton freighter "SS PRESIDENT BUCHANAN" struck her. The collision sheared off a 13-foot section of the bow of the 63-foot "BOBBY II". Because of her military construction (which included double forward crash bulkheads), she did not sink and was even able to return to Belmar under her own power. Hundreds of people flocked to the Belmar Marine Basin to get a first-hand look at this amazing vessel.
The "BOBBY II" was repaired at Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ and Captain Shinn renamed the boat as the "SEA JET". In 1966, she became Captain Joe Galluccio's "SEA RANGER". Photo courtesy of Captain Norman Mordaunt.
5AMBERJACK II, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 Captain James Ardolino's "AMBERJACK II" sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1958.
6BIG JIM II, Cape May, NJ – 1958 Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ built the "BIG JIM II" in 1957 for Captain Albert Dulinski. She later sailed as the "MISS POINT LOOKOUT", the "WHITE EAGLE III", the "CAPT. MIKE", the "SEA HUNTER" and is currently sailing as the "TRADEWINDS III" from Bowers Beach, DE. Photo courtesy of Captain 'Jack' Bogan.
7CARRIE D II, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 Captain Sal Dragonetti's party boat "CARRIE D II" sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1958. She was built in 1920 as Captain Harry Rigby’s "BROOKLYN".
8CARRIE D II, Brooklyn, NY – 1966 The "CARRIE D II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1966. In this picture, the mast has been removed and a forward cabin and overhang on the rear of the wheelhouse have been added.
9BUCKY II, Cape May, NJ – 1958 Captain Lavallette Buck's "BUCKY II" from "Buck's Landing" in Cape May, NJ circa 1958. She was built in 1955 at Ruark, VA and originally sailed as the "CAPT. STETSER". The "BUCKY II" was later sold and relocated to New Hampshire and sailed as the "LADY ANN".
10COLUMBIA, Brielle, NJ – 1958 The "COLUMBIA" from Bogan's Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1958. She was a 45-footer built in 1940 by the Johnson Brothers Boat Works, Bay Head, NJ for the Bogan family. She was operated by Captains Jack Bogan and Fred Lamb. Photo courtesy of Brielle Bait & Tackle.
11OLD PAL, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 The "OLD PAL" from Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY and operated by Captain Kaspar Bonsignore circa 1958. Built in 1946 by the Scott McBurney Boat Yard at Brooklyn, NY, she was later operated by his son, Frank Bonsignore.
12LADY JESS, Babylon, NY – 1958 Built in 1951 at Bayshore, NY the "LADY JESS" was operated by Captain George Benson. With her varnished topsides, she is a good example of the fine woodwork found aboard many vessels of the era. Photo courtesy of Tom Whitford.
13NADA JANE, Wildwood, NJ – 1958 The new "NADA-JANE" from Cape May, NJ circa 1958. The "NADA JANE" was built in 1957 for Captain Walter Schick by the Price Boat Yard at Deltaville, VA. She later sailed as the "VIKING DIVER" and has since been dismantled. Photo courtesy of Jerry O’Flynn.
14PARAMOUNT, Brielle, NJ – 1958 The "PARAMOUNT" from Brielle, NJ circa 1958. Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ built the "PARAMOUNT" in 1958 and Captain James Bogan Sr. manned the helm. She later became the "HOLIDAY", then the "DUTCHESS" and then the "FRIENDSHIP II" from Sheepshead Bay. Photo courtesy of Dave Bogan Sr.
15PORGY II, Cape May, NJ – 1958 The "PORGY II" from Cape May Marina, Cape May, NJ circa 1958. She was operated by Captain Ed Reilly and the First Mate was Paul Thompson. The "PORGY II" specialized in bottom fishing during the spring and summer, and went Cod fishing during the off-season. The "PORGY III" replaced her in 1962. Captain Reilly then renamed the "PORGY II" as the "FIESTA" and it was the first boat from Cape May that made 4-hour fishing trips.
16RAMBLER, Belmar, NJ – 1958 The party boat "RAMBLER" from Belmar, NJ and skippered by Captain Frank Cline circa 1958. The "RAMBLER" was built in 1950 at Bordentown, NJ. She was replaced in 1963 by the Price built "RAMBLER II" and became the "LITTLE RED".
17ROCKET II, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 The party boat "ROCKET II" sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY in 1958. Captain Laddie Martin operated the "ROCKET II". He was the son of Captain Dave Martin (the operator of the "GIRALDA".) Built in 1942 as the 104-foot US Navy Air–Sea Rescue Boat "P-106", she was converted for party boat fishing after the end of World War II. She was named the "SILVER STAR" before becoming the "ROCKET II".
18SEA FOAM III, Atlantic City, NJ – 1958 The "SEA FOAM III" sailed from Starn's Pier at Atlantic City. She was built in 1952 at Bena, Virginia and was owned by Captain 'Archie' Brown and operated by Captain Joe Pettingill. She would later sail as the "SEA QUEEN" and last sailed as the commercial dragger "SONNIE W". Her present fate is unknown. Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.
19SPRAY II, Belmar, NJ – 1958 Captain Pete Saro's "SPRAY II" getting ready for another season of fishing for those "Jersey Shore Jumbo Fluke". She was built in 1914 at Brooklyn, NY as Captain John Michaels' "AMERICA" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. In 1948, Captain Pete Saro Sr. purchased her and moved her to Belmar, NJ.
20TAMBO II, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 The "TAMBO II" circa 1958 was skippered by Captain Anillo 'Neil' Perillo and sailed from Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY. Check out those single safety rails! She was built in 1922 at Brooklyn, NY and was originally owned by Captain Bill Cronan; he later sold her to Captain Perillo.
21TAMPA II, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 Captain Rocky Becker's "TAMPA II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1958. The boat was built in 1929 at Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY and originally sailed from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn and then from Sheepshead Bay as Captain Jack Weidner's "PIONEER II". In 1963, Captain Becker replaced her with the larger "TAMPA III" and she became Captain Joe Vialotti's "JOVIAL II". She lost her certificate of inspection in 1979 and her fate in unknown.
22SURVIVOR IV, Island Park, NY – 1958 Captain James 'Wes' Giffenberg's "SURVIVOR IV" from the Survivor Fishing Station located at Island Park, NY. The "SURVIVOR IV" was built in 1955 at Deltaville, VA. Photo courtesy of Captain Nick Manzari.
23YANK, Advertising Sign, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1958 Advertising Sign for the "YANK", Point Pleasant, New Jersey circa 1958. Built in 1942 by the Mantis Yacht Co. at Camden, NJ as the World War II US Navy Submarine Chaser "SC-635", she was sold as surplus after the war ended and became Captain Harry Tonk's "YANK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
She was sold in 1959 to Captain Henry Williams who sailed her as the "BRONX QUEEN" from the Bronx, NY. On December 20, 1989, she encountered rough seas while Whiting fishing near the entrance to Ambrose Channel. She lost a plank in her bow causing her to sink in less than twenty minutes.
24BETTY W. II, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 Captain Ken Wright's "BETTY W II" at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY shortly after her 1959 launching at the Scott McBurney Boat Yard in Brooklyn, NY. The "BETTY W II" was THE Bluefish boat at 'the Bay' during this era, chumming with all the anglers along one side of the boat. Captain Ken had such a loyal following that on many days, if he did not know you, he sent you to fish on another boat, and saved the rail space for customers he knew. Imagine that happening today!
Captain Ken later sold the "BETTY W II" to his First Mate, the well-known Captain Al Coley, who continued to operate the vessel from Sheepshead Bay. Sold again in 1983, she became the "SUNSHINE III" from Sheepshead Bay. In 1987, she ran aground near Rockaway Inlet and was dismantled.
25CHIANTI, Brooklyn NY – 1959 Captain Hyman Vogel's "CHIANTI" from Sheepshead Bay circa 1959. The "CHIANTI" was one of several charter boats docked at Sheepshead Bay directly across the street from the famous Lundy Brothers seafood restaurant. She was built in 1949 at Brooklyn, NY and was originally owned by Captain John Ummarino. In 1970, the "CHIANTI" was sold to Captain 'Bobby' Ivone who continued to sail her from Sheepshead Bay. She was dropped from documentation and her fate is unknown.
26DOLLY N, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1959 The "DOLLY N" from Ken's Landing, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1959. She was operated by Captain Mel Noe. Formerly, she was a Boston, MA fireboat that was converted by the Bogan family and was the original "DAUNTLESS" from Brielle, NJ.
27DOROTHY B, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 Captain Frank Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1959. Built in 1912 at Brooklyn, NY, she originally sailed as Captain Anton 'Tony' Lundy's "R.C. LUNDY". She was a member of the Sheepshead Bay Boat Owners Association as indicated by the "S.B.B.O.A." painted on her overhang.
This was a family business operated by the three Bradshaw brothers and other family members... Captain Frank operated the "DOROTHY B". Captain Joe Bradshaw often worked the deck and he is leaning over the rail at the bow holding a gaff. Visible under the overhang just behind the wheelhouse is Captain Frank's wife Helen Bradshaw (dressed in a white blouse and hat.) The third brother, Walter Bradshaw, took care of the books and other business matters. Photo courtesy of John Cairns
28ELAINE B, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 Captain Izzie Bauman's "ELAINE B" along Pier 6 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1959. The "ELAINE B" was built in 1940 by Ernest Fiedler at Bergen Beach Boatworks, Brooklyn, NY. Captain Stan Zagleski Sr. later purchased the "ELAINE B" and relocated her to Highlands, New Jersey.
29HAPPY, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1959 Captain Thomas Spitznagle's "HAPPY" backing in to her slip along Pier 1 at Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey in 1959. She was built in 1948 by Peterson Boatyard at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY and later sailed as Captain Bill Black's "ANGLER".
30JAMAICA, Brielle, NJ – 1959 The "JAMAICA" was built in 1957 by Stowman Shipyards in Dorchester, NJ and was powered by two GM 110 diesel engines. She later sailed as the "DAUNTLESS" and then as Captain Francis Bogan's "ATLANTIS". Later sold and remodeled, she then sailed as the "SEA STAR II" from Cape May, NJ. Alas, she was last seen nameless and tied to a commercial fishing pier at Barnegat Light, NJ.