WHITBY 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!