JET, 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.