1JET, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 Captain Billy Doll’s original "JET" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1959. Built in 1930 by Ernest Fiedler's Bergen Beach Boatworks at Brooklyn, NY, she first sailed as the private yacht "ELAINE". The boat cost $13,000 to build and was the only yacht that Fiedler built.
Captain Christian Fuchs later purchased the boat and converted her to a party fishing boat, the "ELAINE" from Sheepshead Bay. He removed the full cabin and replaced it with a wheelhouse. She then sailed as Captain George Porter's "LADDY II", and later as the "TEX II" before making her way back to Sheepshead Bay as the "JET". Captain Billy finally sold the boat back to George Porter and it became his "PRIME TIME" from Captree, NY. Photo courtesy of John Cairns.
2MAROLYN, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1959 Captain George Sinn's "MAROLYN" from Wildwood Crest, NJ circa 1959. Built during World War II in 1943 at Miami, FL as the 63-foot US Navy air-sea rescue vessel "ARB-9460", she was sold as surplus after the end of the war, renamed the "MAROLYN" and converted for party fishing. The boat later became Captain Andy Kondracki's VIKING II and sailed from Shoal's Dock at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.
3MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1959 The "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1959. She was skippered by Captains Everett "Eve" and Freddie Moore. The "MISS MOORE" was a converted 63-foot World War II Air-Sea Rescue boat. She was previously named the "SUDS III" and sailed from Atlantic City. NJ. She later became Captain Ron Santee’s "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.
4MOHAWK, Wildwood, NJ – 1959 Captain Ed Craig's "MOHAWK" from Wildwood, NJ circa 1959. She was built in 1954 by Van Sant Boat Yard at Rock Hall, MD. She later relocated to Delaware where she sailed as the "CAPT. BILL" and after that as the "MISS HERRING BAY".
5PARAMOUNT II, Brielle, NJ – 1959 The "PARAMOUNT II" from Brielle, NJ circa 1959. She was operated by Captain John Bogan III. Built in 1955 by Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ as the "PARAMOUNT", she was powered by two GM 110 diesel engines and was the first party boat in New Jersey equipped with radar. She was later renamed the "PARAMOUNT II" and then remodeled and renamed the "MARINER". Afterwards, she became the "ATLANTIS" and in 1977, she was sold to Captain Fred Bird, who remodeled her again and renamed her the "FLYING CLOUD" from Montauk, NY. She still sails from there today and specializes in Fluke fishing during the summer and Porgy fishing during the off-season.
6PILOT II, SWANEE and YANKEE, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 This 1959 photo of Pier 7 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY depicts Captain Harry Phillips' "PILOT II", Captain Otto Behensky's "SWANEE" and Captain Frank Palsgraf's "YANKEE". Ernest Fiedler built the "PILOT II" in 1937, the "SWANEE" was built in 1938 at Patchogue, NY and the "YANKEE" was built in 1944 at Bristol, RI as the US Navy Air Sea Rescue Boat "C-77463". Captain Harry Phillips was also a member of the Sheepshead Bay Boat Owners Association as indicated by the "S.B.B.O.A." painted on the overhang of the "PILOT II".
The "SWANEE" was later owned by Captain Fred Ardolino and then sold to Captain Charlie Roth and sailed as the "WOODEN SHOE II" from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY.
The "YANKEE" was later relocated to Freeport, NY and sailed as the "RAIDER", and then as Captain Mike Abbaticchio's "CAPT. MIKE II" from Howard Beach, NY, before returning to Sheepshead Bay as the "RAINBOW".
A young Tom Marconi started his career as a mate on the "PILOT II" and Captain Phillips became his mentor and sold the business to him when he retired in 1974. In 1983, Captain Tom sold the "PILOT II" to the Blue Water Yacht and Fishing Club and it sailed as the "BLUE WATER" until 1995 when its documentation expired.
7REX, Brielle, NJ – 1959 The "REX" from Bogan's Brielle Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1959. The 65-foot vessel was built for the US Army in 1944 by M/M (Messieurs) Davis & Sons, Inc. at Solomons, Maryland as the "T-180". The Bogan family bought the boat and converted her for fishing in 1949 and Captains James Bogan Sr., John Bogan III, Kurt Pretshnur and George Chapman operated the boat. After her stint as the "REX", she became Captain Norman Pearce’s "CHAPPIE IV". She is still sailing today from Wanchese, NC (as a dragger) and still carries the "CHAPPIE IV" name. Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.
8TONE B, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 The "TONE B" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1959. The "TONE B" was built for Captain Anthony Blanken in 1946 by Peterson Boatyard, Great Kills, NY. Later, Captain Charlie Locurto purchased her, but she was sold again to Captain Mike Buonacquista and relocated to Highlands, NJ. In 1992, she was dismantled.
9TRAVELER, Brooklyn, NY – 1959 The "TRAVELER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1959. Captain Billy Tuveri was at the helm. Built in 1947 by the Scott McBurney Boat Yard at Brooklyn, NY, she was originally Captain Charlie Smallman's "YANKEE SKIPPER". Note the oval portholes; they are a signature characteristic of the McBurney boats built during this era. Photo courtesy of Captain Andrew Nazzaruolo.
10CAPTAIN CRAMER, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1960 The "CAPTAIN CRAMER" with Captain Don Cramer circa 1960. While the boat berthed in Sea Isle City, NJ, the path to the ocean is via Townsend Inlet.
11CHIEF II, Belmar, NJ – 1960 Captain Ralph Mertineit's "CHIEF II" from Belmar, NJ circa 1960. Price Boat Yard, Deltaville, VA built the "CHIEF II" in 1959. Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
Many Belmar, NJ party fishing boats had neon advertising signs in the 1950’s up until the late 1960’s including the "CHIEF II" (it’s on the rear cabin roof in the picture), the "BOBBY II", the "GERTRUDE H", the "LENNY", the "MISS BELMAR", the "OPTIMIST", the "SEA JET" and the "SPRAY II". The docks at Belmar must have been a remarkable sight at night back then.
12CIRCLE LINE V, New York, NY – 1960 The "CIRCLE LINE V" is shown heading up New York City's East River circa 1960. In her earlier years, she sailed as the famous Sheepshead Bay party fishing boat "SACHEM". She joined the Circle Line fleet at the conclusion of World War II as the "SIGHTSEER", and was later named the "CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEER" before becoming the "CIRCLE LINE V''. This vessel has a long and fascinating history from her construction in 1902 as a luxury yacht, serving as an experimental vessel for early radio transmissions for inventor Thomas A. Edison, serving as a Coastal Patrol Vessel in both World Wars, and finally as a sightseeing vessel and focal point for Jeremiah Timothy Driscoll's 1980 book, "Crime Circles Manhattan". (Recommended reading for the New York waterfront enthusiast.)
13FLEUR-DE-LIS II, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1960 The "FLEUR-DE-LIS II" was built 1958 at Atlantic City, NJ for Captain Budd Sinn. She sailed from Wildwood Crest, NJ. She was later sold and sailed as the "CANDIE KIDD III".
14JAMAICA, Brielle, NJ – 1960 The "JAMAICA" from Brielle, NJ circa 1960. She was operated by Captain Howard Bogan Sr. and later by Captain Dave Bogan Sr. She was built in 1957 by Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ and powered by two GM 110 diesel engines. She later sailed as the "DAUNTLESS" and then as Captain Francis Bogan's "ATLANTIS". She was remodeled and is presently sailing as the "SEA STAR II" from Cape May, NJ.
15JET and EFFORT, Brooklyn, NY – 1960 The party fishing boats "JET" and "EFFORT" sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1960. Captain Billy Doll of the "JET" always displayed 'extra' fish for sale on the cabin roof. The "EFFORT" was operated by Captain Fred Wrege.
16JOAN R, Brooklyn, NY – 1960 Captain Len Miller's party and charter fishing boat the "JOAN R." from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY circa 1960.
17OPTIMIST QUEEN, Belmar, NJ – 1960 The party fishing boat "OPTIMIST QUEEN" leaving Shark River Inlet, NJ in 1960. She sailed from Dodd's Basin in Belmar, NJ and was skippered by Captain Charlie Dodd. The "OPTIMIST QUEEN" was built in 1959 by Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ. In the background is the old Belmar Fishing Club pier. The pier was partially destroyed by a hurricane in the 1980's and eventually torn down.
18RAINBOW, TONE B and WHITESTONE, Brooklyn, NY – 1960 This is a 1960 photo of Sheepshead Bay’s Pier 3. Berthed at this location were Captain Jim Stamos' "RAINBOW", Captain Tony Blanken's "TONE B" and Captain Phillip Basco's "WHITESTONE". Photo courtesy of Captain Andrew Nazzaruolo.
19REBEL II, Brooklyn, NY – 1960 The "REBEL II" from Pier 1, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and skippered by Captain Joe Pontillo circa 1960. Built in 1940 at Forked River, NJ, she originally sailed as Capt. Joe Pettingil's "SEA FOAM III" from Atlantic City, NJ. Captain Pontillo later renamed the boat "LADY ROSE" after his deceased wife, and in 1975, Captain "Butch" Rafi purchased the boat and renamed her "ZEPHYR". She ended her party boat career as the "MISS FREEPORT".
20SKIPPER, Stone Harbor, NJ – 1960 Owned and operated by Captain William Stiles, the "SKIPPER" was built in 1941 at Stone Harbor, NJ and specialized in 'Ocean Bottom Fishing'. She was sold in 1963 and relocated to Massachusetts.
21STARDUST, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1960 Captain Chuck Eckerson's party boat "STARDUST" at the dock in Perth Amboy, NJ circa 1960. She was built for the US Coast Guard in 1938 at Jacksonville, FL as the "CG–80300".
22VIKING STAR, Montauk, NY – 1960 Captain Carl Forsberg's "VIKING STAR" from Montauk, NY circa 1960. Built in 1957 by Price Boat Yard, Deltaville, VA, she was the only 65-foot party boat Price ever built. (They specialized in smaller vessels like the current "JET" and "ELAINE-B II". The "VIKING STAR" was the first vessel in the Montauk fleet to specialize in offshore wreck fishing. She ran aground in the winter of 1963. (She was dismantled because of the extensive damage from the grounding.)
23WHITBY III, Brooklyn, NY – 1960 The party boat "WHITBY III" sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY with Captain Herbie Hammer circa 1960. Set your alarm clock… she sailed at 5:00 AM daily! The Elco Boat Works, Bayonne, NJ built the boat in 1917 as the US Navy Subchaser "SC-101". She was sold as surplus after World War I ended and converted to a party fishing boat; she first sailed as Captain Steve Wischerth’s "FIDUS" from Canarsie, Brooklyn and then as Captain Edward Baletti’s "PALACE II" before becoming the "WHITBY III".
Just as an aside... Captain Hammer also had an alter ego. He was one of the "Masked Marvels" pool players during the 1950s. These popular pool sharks wore disguises to hide their identities and big corporations such as Coca-Cola sponsored some of them. Pass me the cue chalk.
Another interesting note is that when Captain Tony 'Mo' Barbato was running night bluefishing trips on the "WHITBY III", he found the boat's logbook and it contained entries dating back to when she was the "SC-101". According to the log, the "SC-101" sailed completely around the world three times!
24SEA PIGEON II, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1960 The party boat "SEA PIGEON II" drifting for Whiting (Silver Hake) in the early winter circa 1960. She was built in 1954 by Van Sant Boat Yard, Rock Hall, MD. The "SEA PIGEON II" sailed from Perth Amboy, NJ and was skippered by Captain Marty Haines Sr. In the background is the "SPORTSMAN" from Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY and an unidentified passenger liner. She was sold in 1961 and became Captain Harry Lagrasse's "CALVIN B" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
25VIKING, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1960 The "VIKING" from Barnegat Light, NJ circa 1960. She was built in 1960 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and she has changed owners and names many times. First, she was the "VIKING" and then the "GAMBLER" from Point Pleasant, NJ. And then she became the "SEA DEVIL" (1976) followed by the "OASIS" (1979) and the "TWILIGHT". She is now sailing as the "CAPT. DAVE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. Not surprisingly, she has the nickname, the 'Used-To-Be'. Photo courtesy of Captain Jack Bogan.
26CAPT. APPLEGATE, Atlantic City, NJ – 1961 The "CAPT. APPLEGATE" sailed from the Atlantic City State Marina. Atlantic City Boat Works in Atlantic City, New Jersey built her in 1960 for Captain Andy Applegate III. She was sold in 1974 and relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ as Captain Kevin Black's "RELIABLE". She later sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as the "OCEAN EAGLE" and then as the "ELIZABETH S". Presently dropped from USCG documentation, her fate is unknown. Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.
27CAPT. WAYNE, Captree, NY – 1961 The "CAPT. WAYNE" from Captree, NY circa 1961. This 50-footer was built in 1955 at Deltaville, VA as the "CAPT. GEO. ROMAN". Later, Captain Wayne Westerlind purchased the 'Little Red Boat' and operated her until 1966. She then became the "CAPT. SWANSON" from Captree, NY and after that, was Captain Bill Butler’s "CAPT. WILLIE" from Montauk, NY. From 1985 to 1997, she sailed as Captain Mike Vegessi’s "LAZY BONES" from Montauk, NY. Today, she sails as Captain Bill Russo's "ORIENT STAR II" from Orient Point, NY. Photo courtesy of Lee Westerlind.
28CHAPPIE, Brielle, NJ – 1961 The "CHAPPIE" from Brielle, NJ circa 1961. The "CHAPPIE" was operated by Captain George Chapman Sr. and Captain John Chapman. Ernest Fiedler built the "CHAPPIE" in 1937 at Brooklyn, NY and she later became the "MISS MANASQUAN". Photo Courtesy of Hank Wurzburger.
29FISHERMEN, Highlands, NJ – 1961 Captain Ron Santee's original "FISHERMEN" from Highlands, NJ circa 1961. Built in 1926 at Point Pleasant, NJ as the "BESSIE C", she later sailed as the "LENNY" from Belmar, NJ and then sailed as Captain Charlie Coe's "FISHERBOY" from Point Pleasant, NJ. Captain Ron Santee then purchased the boat in 1960 and moved her to Highlands, NJ. Photo Courtesy of Hank Wurzburger.
30MISS REGNILLES II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1961 Captain Ed Sellinger's "MISS REGNILLES II" is shown at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey prior to her maiden voyage in 1961. The Gillikin Boat Works of Harkers Island, North Carolina built her in 1961. She later became Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY VII" from Captree, New York and later returned to New Jersey waters as the "CAPT. COLLET" from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In 2007, she was listed for sale on the Internet auction site eBay for $5,000 and was in a decrepit state. Her present fate is unknown.