1VIKING 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.)
2WHITBY 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!
3SEA 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.
4VIKING, 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.
5CAPT. 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.
6CAPT. 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.
7CHAPPIE, 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.
8FISHERMEN, 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.
9MISS 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.
10PENNSY, Brielle, NJ – 1961 The "PENNSY" from Bogan's Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1961. Higgins Industries Inc. built her in 1944 at New Orleans, LA as the World War II PT Boat "PT-457". The Bogan family converted the boat and operated her as the party boat "PENNSY". She later became Captain Al Wirth's "FALCON" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. After being stored at a Staten Island, NY boat yard for a few years, she was dismantled in 1991. Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
11RANGER II, Brooklyn, NY – 1961 Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1961. She was built in 1959 at the Scott McBurney Boat Yard, Brooklyn, NY. Replaced by a larger vessel in 1963, she was sold to Captain Billy Tuveri who renamed her "TRAVELER II" and sailed from Pier 1 at Sheepshead Bay. She last sailed as the "DELMAR IV" before being dismantled. Photo courtesy of John Cairns.
12ROYAL FLUSH, Wildwood, NJ – 1961 Captain Edward Royles' "ROYAL FLUSH" is seen here underway as she heads out for a daily deep sea fishing trip from Wildwood, New Jersey. The "ROYAL FLUSH" was built 1954 by the W. H. Sable Boatyard at Ruark, VA. She was later sold to Captain George Sinn and become one of the many vessels named "FLAMINGO" that he operated.
13SEA PIGEON III, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1961 The brand–new party boat "SEA PIGEON III" in 1961. She sailed from Perth Amboy, NJ under Captains Marty Haines Sr. and Jr. The "SEA PIGEON III" was built in 1961 at Stevenson Boat Works, Staten Island, NY and sunk at its berth during Hurricane David in September, 1979. After re-fitting, she continued to sail from Perth Amboy until 1986 when she was replaced by the "SEA PIGEON IV" (Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay, NY.) The "SEA PIGEON III" was sold to Captain Al Hilliard and became the party boat "PROWLER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
14SPRAY II, Belmar, NJ – 1961 The "SPRAY II" from Belmar, NJ and skippered by Captain Pete Saro Sr. circa 1961. She is shown passing under the Route 35 lift bridge on her way back to her slip at the Belmar Marina. She was built in 1914 and sailed as Captain John Michaels' "AMERICA" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
15STARFISH, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1961 The "STARFISH" from Sea Isle City, NJ circa 1961. Built in 1960 by Price Boatyard, Deltaville, VA, she was owned and operated by Captain Charles Schaffer. She later relocated to Fortescue, NJ where she became the "BONANZA", and than sailed as the "FORTESCUE QUEEN". She was remodeled and is currently sailing from Fortescue as the "SALT TALK".
16ZUBER'S E–Z FLEET, Brielle, NJ – 1961 Captain William Zuber's "E-Z FLEET" from Brielle, NJ circa 1961. The picture shows the party boats "E-Z", the "E-Z II" and the "E-Z III" berthed at Zuber's Seacoast Basin. All three of these vessels were built at Burgess, VA.
17ANNA M III, Captree, NY – 1962 Captain George Mahr's "ANNA M III" from Captree, NY. She was built in 1962 by Stevenson's Boat Works, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY, and is shown here "fresh from the yard". Captain Mahr's "ANNA M II" was one of the original three boats that sailed from Captree Marina when it opened in 1954. Photo Courtesy of Captain George Mahr.
18BLUE HERON, Riviera Beach, FL – 1962 The framing of the "BLUE HERON" takes shape at Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC in 1962. She was later renamed as the "SOUTHWIND" and then became the "HAPPY" and afterwards, became the "OCEAN EAGLE II". If you look carefully in the background, you can see the wheelhouse of the "CAPT. JOSEPH" that would head to Captree, Long Island upon completion. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
19BRONX QUEEN, Bronx, NY – 1962 The "BRONX QUEEN" from Bronx, NY circa 1962. She was built in 1942 by the Mantis Yacht Building Company in Camden, NJ as the US Navy Submarine Chaser "SC–635". After the war, she was sold as surplus and became the party boat "YANK" from Point Pleasant, NJ. She was sold to Captain Henry Williams in 1958 and became the "BRONX QUEEN". Captain Edwin Berlin took over the operation in the early 1970s. She sank on a gray and stormy December 20, 1989 while on her way home from a fishing trip for Whiting and Ling. Photo courtesy of Captain Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.
20CAPT. JOSEPH, Captree, NY – 1962 The "CAPT. JOSEPH" getting its finishing touches in March 1962 at Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC. This 65-footer was built for the Joseph family (Captain Bill Joseph and his sons, Captains Bobby and Stanley) and had three GM 6-71 diesel engines.
She later became Captain Bill Huntley's "JULIE C" from Point Judith, RI, and then the "MISS FRANCES" from Point Judith, RI, and then as Captain Anthony Gregory's "CAPT. GREGORY" from Captree, NY. The boat presently sails as Captain Tony Notaro II's "LUCKY LADY" from Clinton, CT. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
21CHIEF, Brooklyn, NY – 1962 The "CHIEF" from Pier 5, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1962. Captains Phil Wright and Sid Wilsey operated her and they later sold her to Captain Harold Wrege. The "CHIEF" was a converted 110–foot World War II Subchaser and had four GM 6-71 diesels (she was built as the "SC-1355" in 1942 at Stamford, CT.) She sailed daily at 10:00 AM and most of her customers arrived by subway. Interestingly, the crew gave each customer an embroidered "CHIEF" towel to use as a fish rag during the trip. The crew also laundered the dirty towels in the on-board washing machine at the end of each day. Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.
22COCK ROBIN, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1962 A brand-new "COCK ROBIN" is shown prior to making her maiden voyage in 1962. Built in 1962 by Stevenson Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY, she was owned and operated by Captain Ralph Pennel. She was later renamed the "BIG-2" and then sailed as the "RANGER II". She last sailed as the "SEA QUEEN" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and finally fell victim to a pier fire in 1994 that destroyed her.
23FLASH KING, Highlands, NJ – 1962 This advertising postcard of Captain Ed Qualey's "FLASH KING" is from 1962. The "FLASH KING" was part of Roxy's Flash Fleet that sailed from the Shrewsbury River at Highlands, NJ. The boat was built in 1949 by Peterson Boatyard at Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, NY as the "SUNBEAM III". She later sailed as the "MISS WATERLOO" from Oswego, NY as a sightseeing vessel on Lake Ontario.
24GILLIKIN BOAT YARD, Harkers Island, NC – 1962 Inside the shed at the Gillikin Boat Yard, Harkers Island, NC. Shown in various stages of completion is the bow section of the "BLUE HERON", the "MISS TAMBO" in the center and in the background, the "BEACH QUEEN". Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
25GILLIKIN BOAT YARD, Harkers Island, NC – 1962 Another view of inside the Gillikin Boat Works shed at Harkers Island, NC circa 1962. Shown in various stages of completion is the stern section of the "BEACH QUEEN", the "MISS TAMBO" in the center and in the background, the "BLUE HERON". Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
26GLORY, Brooklyn, NY – 1962 A 1962 photograph taken during a show commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Works Projects Administration's improvements to the Sheepshead Bay waterfront. The "GLORY" displays the banner "…Sheepshead Bay… Million Dollar Fleet". Today, the same million dollars will buy about one boat. Photo Courtesy of Bryant Martin.
27HAPPY, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1962 The "HAPPY" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1962. She was built in 1948 for Captain Tom Spitznagle by Peterson Boatyard, Great Kills, NY. The fare was $5.00 for a full day of fishing (bait included.)
28HOLIDAY, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1962 Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" is nearing completion at Deebold Boat Works, Atlantic City NJ circa 1962. She later became the "QUEEN MARY 2".
29HOLIDAY, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1962 The "HOLIDAY" from Spike's Fishery Dock, Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1962. She was owned and operated by Captain Jack Endean. This newspaper photo announces the addition of the "HOLIDAY" and Captain Ralph Pennel's "COCK ROBIN" to the Point Pleasant party boat fleet. You could go on an evening Bluefishing trip for $2.50.
30MISS TAMBO, Brielle, NJ – 1962 Builders are laying up planking on the "MISS TAMBO" at Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC in this 1962 photo. Captain Ed Keefe Sr. sailed her from Harbor Inn Basin, Brielle, NJ. In 1984, she was sold and became the "VAMP IV" from Bower's Beach, DE. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.