TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1964  "TEAL" Staten Island, NY 1965The "TEAL" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1964.   Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC.   She was admired by many as one of the nicest looking party boats to sail in the New York / New Jersey fleet.   Captain Freddie Moore operated the "TEAL" and he was one of the pioneers of open boat tuna fishing on the East Coast.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  VIKING II, Great Kills, NY – 1964  The "VIKING II" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, NY circa 1964.   She was operated by Captain Andy Kondracki,   Originally a World War II 63-foot air-sea rescue boat, she was built in 1943 at Miami, FL for the US Navy as "ARB-9460".   Before becoming the "VIKING II", she sailed from Wildwood, NJ as the “MAROLYN”.   Photo Courtesy Ken Ekberg.  WILDWOOD II, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1964  Captain John 'Jack' Blake's "WILDWOOD II" from Wildwood Crest, NJ circa 1964.   Built in 1952 by Stowman Shipyards at Dorchester, NJ, she later sailed as the "CAPT. GARY II", and finally as Mike Vegessi's "LAZY BONES II" from Montauk, NY.  CAPT. BEN LITWIN, Captree, NY – 1965  The "CAPT. BEN LITWIN" from Captree, NY circa 1965.   Owned and operated by her namesake, Captain Ben Litwin, she was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   She later sailed as Captain Carl Passero's "MISS CAPTREE" and the "JAMES JOSEPH" from Captree, NY.   She is currently sailing as Captain James Hubert's "JR. EXPRESS" from Captree, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  CAPT. JOSEPH, Captree, NY – 1965  The "CAPT. JOSEPH" from Captree, NY circa 1965.   This 65-footer was built in 1962 for the Joseph family (Captain Bill Joseph and his sons, Captains Bobby and Stanley) by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and had three GM 6-71 diesel engines.   She later became Captain Bill Huntley's "JULIE C" from Pt. Judith, RI and the "MISS FRANCES" from Point Judith, RI.   She has since been remodeled and again sails from Captree as Captain Anthony Gregory's "CAPT. GREGORY".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr. 
CAPT. JOSEPH II, Captree, NY – 1965  The "CAPT. JOSEPH II" from Captree, NY and skippered by Captain Stan Joseph circa 1965.   This 72-footer was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and had four GM 6-71 diesel engines turning three propellers (two engines were connected in tandem to the center propeller shaft.)   The boat was an expanded edition of the "CAPT. JOSEPH" and the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV" and all of them had the polish of private yachts.  She had a lot of electronics which included a $15,000 German-made Elac white line recorder with an auxiliary fish scope.   This scanner had a rotating transducer mounted on the bottom of the hull that could detect fish and wrecks within a radius of 1.5 miles.   Captain Joseph stated “Our Fire Island grounds are studded with wrecks.   Now we are in a position to find them and fish them.”   In her day, she was the premier codfish party boat at Captree.   She later became Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Sadly, the boat burned to the waterline during a Flounder fishing trip in the fall of 1982.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  CAPT. ROD, Captree, NY – 1965  The original "CAPT. ROD" from Captree, NY and skippered by Captain Rod Westerlind circa 1965.   Built by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC in 1961, this 60-footer specialized in Bay Flounder fishing during her Long Island fishing career.   In 1968, she was replaced with a larger Gillikin vessel and sold.   Her new owner relocated her to Key Largo, FL and after remodeling, she sailed as the "CAPTAIN'S LADY".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  COCK ROBIN, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1965  Captain Ralph Pennel's "COCK ROBIN" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1965.   Built in 1962 by Stevenson Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY, she was Captain Pennel's second vessel to sail under the "COCK ROBIN" name.   She was replaced by a Lydia-built vessel in 1975 and sold.    Purchased by Captain Bill Sellinger, she then sailed as the "BIG-2" from Point Pleasant, NJ and later sailed as the "SEA RANGER II" from Freeport, NY.   She last sailed as Captain George Aswad's "SEA QUEEN" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and in 1994, fell victim to a pier fire that destroyed the boat.  GAMBLER, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1965  The "GAMBLER" from Point Pleasant, NJ and skippered by Captain Bob Bogan circa 1965.   She was built in 1960 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and launched as the "VIKING" from Barnegat Light, NJ.  JESS-LU IV, Freeport, NY – 1965  The "JESS-LU IV" from Freeport, NY and skippered by Captain Jay Porter circa 1965.   Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC, built her in 1964 and she later became the "CAPT. WAYNE" from Captree, NY.   She changed hands again and became Captain Ed Bunting's "SEA HORSE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   In 1992, Captain Bunting took her back to Gillikin for a complete refurbishing.   She returned to New Jersey with a new look and still sails as the "SEA HORSE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. 
MAJESTIC, Brooklyn, NY – 1965  Another picture of Captain Joe Majestic's "MAJESTIC" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   A spray dodger and an enclosed passenger cabin can now be seen in this 1965 picture.   John Majestic built the "MAJESTIC" in 1946 at Brooklyn, NY.  MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1965  The ESSO Company charter on August 21, 1965 aboard the "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   Captains Freddie and Eve Moore operated the "MISS MOORE".   She was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and later became the "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  MISS TAMBO, Brielle, NJ – 1965  The "MISS TAMBO" from Brielle, NJ circa 1965.   A nice color picture displaying her fine woodwork and "Pacific Green" colored trim.  MISS TAMBO, Brielle, NJ – 1965  The "MISS TAMBO" during her haulout at Zuber's Basin, Brielle, NJ in 1965.   She was built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC for Captain Ed Keefe Sr. and sailed from Harbor Inn Basin, Brielle, NJ.   Standing in the bow (and armed with paint brushes) are Captain Ed Keefe Jr. and First Mate Tom Koerkel.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  RANGER III, Brooklyn, NY – 1965  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1965.  At the helm is Captain Jack Draeger.   The "RANGER III" was built in 1963 and with two GM 12-71 diesel engines and a length of more than 90 feet, she was the largest party boat constructed by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.  After leaving Sheepshead Bay, she relocated to Cape Cod, MA and made whale watching trips from Provincetown, and after that became the "BIG FLAMINGO II" from Wildwood, NJ.   She later relocated to Tybee Island, GA as the "ATLANTIC STAR" where her new owners made a failed attempt to operate her as a casino gambling vessel.  The boat was dismantled in 2003.   Photo courtesy of Jack Morelli. 
SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1965  The "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant, NJ and skippered by Captain Jack Bogan circa 1965.   She was built in 1953 by the Van Sant Boat Yard, Atlantic City, NJ.   The "SHAMROCK" specialized in Fluke fishing from June through September, and Cod and wreck fishing at other times.   In 1971, Captain Bob Pennington bought the boat and she became his first "SEA DEVIL".  TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1965  Captain Fred Moore is putting the last touches of paint on the "TEAL" before the start of the 1965 fishing season.   The "TEAL" hauled out twice a year at Peterson's Boatyard, Great Kills Harbor, and sometimes hauled out a third time if they damaged the propellers or shafts during their night bluefishing trips.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  VIKING STARLITE, Montauk, NY – 1965  Built in 1959 at Deltaville, VA as the "TREBOR V" from Miami, FL, she later became Captains Carl and Paul Forsberg's "VIKING STARLITE" from Montauk, NY.   She later sailed as the "MISS BABYLON" from Captree, NY.   The "VIKING STARLITE" was the first vessel to bring recreational divers to the wreck of the passenger liner "ANDREA DORIA".  ZEPHYR II, Bayonne, NJ – 1965  The "ZEPHYR II" from Bayonne City Dock, Bayonne, NJ circa 1965.   She was owned and operated by Captain Carl Rafi Jr. and Captain Herman Grothues.   She was built in 1948 at Cambridge, MD as the "HERON".   She later became the “JACE II”, Belmar, NJ and was renamed the "ZEPHYR II" in 1962.   In 1974, the "ZEPHYR II" sank near 'Ambrose Tower' and Captain Grothues went down with the vessel.   Photo courtesy of Captain 'Butch' Rafi.  BLACK WHALE, Beach Haven, NJ – 1966  Captain Herb Schoenberg’s "BLACK WHALE" from Beach Haven, NJ circa 1966.   Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ built the "BLACK WHALE" in 1959.   She later sailed as Captain Anthony Jannatty's "HOLIDAY" from Forked River, NJ. 
BRONISLAW III, Gerritsen Beach, NY – 1966  The "BRONISLAW III" is shown leaving for a day at sea with a group of orphan children from the now-defunct Mount Loretto Orphanage, Staten Island, NY.   Each year, the Tamaqua Club fleet would sponsor a fishing outing for the orphans living at Mount Loretto.     The "BRONISLAW III" was built in1941 at Curtis Bay, MD as the US Navy Liberty Launch "USN C-2185".   Purchased as surplus, she became Captain Claus Syvertsen's "MATTIE".   She later sailed as Captain John Swanson's "SEA HORSE" from Gerritsen Beach before sailing as the "BRONISLAW III".   She later sailed as the "AQUARIAN II" and was dismantled 1986.   Photo courtesy of Tom Whitford.  CAPTAIN CRAMER, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1966  The "CAPTAIN CRAMER" from Sea Isle City, NJ circa 1966.   This one was built in 1961 by Price Boat Yard, Deltaville, VA and replaced their older boat.  CAPT. JOSEPH II, Captree, NY – 1966  Captain Stanley Joseph's "CAPT. JOSEPH II" from Captree, NY circa 1966.   This classic 72-footer was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC and had four GM 6-71 diesel engines turning three propellers (two engines were connected in tandem to the center propeller shaft.)   She later became one of the late Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" boats from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Sadly, the boat burned to the waterline during a Flounder fishing trip in the fall of 1982.  DELMAR III, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1966  Captain Al Gable's "DELMAR III" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1966.   Price Boat Yard built her in 1965 at Deltaville, VA.   She later sailed as Captain Clem Esposito's "COMMODORE" from Island Park, NY and is currently sailing from Highlands, NJ as Captain Stan Zagleski's "ELAINE-B II".   Photo courtesy of Ray Soyka.  HELEN H II, Brooklyn, NY – 1966  The "HELEN H II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1966.   The boat was built in 1964 at Bena, VA as the "SEA ROVER".   She relocated to Sheepshead Bay as the "HELEN H II".   She was actually the third vessel named "HELEN H", but the only one with a numeral designation after the name.   She was replaced in 1975 and became Captains Walter Specht and Neil Delanoy's the "LADY ANN" from Captree, NY.   She is currently sailing as Captain Ken Birkmire's "TARYN-ANN" from Captree, NY. 
HIGHLANDER, Highlands, NJ – 1966  Captain Bill Petrasek's "HIGHLANDER" from Highlands, NJ circa 1966.   She was built in 1942 at Solomons, MD as the US Army "T-21".   She was later sold and converted to a commercial dragger and is currently named the "SGT. JONES" and sails from North Port, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  ISLAND QUEEN, Cape May, NJ – 1966  The "ISLAND QUEEN" from Cape May, NJ with Captain George Gadsby circa 1966.   She was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "CAPT. GEO".   She was later the "ALOMA" and then became the "ISLAND QUEEN"  JO-ANN, Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY – 1966  The "JO-ANN" was owned by Edward Sarubbi and was one of several smaller open boats to sail from the Tamaqua Fishing Station located at Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY.   The "JO-ANN" is shown leaving on a fishing trip with a group of orphan children from the now-defunct Mount Loretto Orphanage, Staten Island, NY.   Each year, the Tamaqua fleet would sponsor a fishing outing for the orphans living at Mount Loretto.   Photo courtesy of Tom Whitford.  MAN O' WAR, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1966  Captain Joe Burns' "MAN O' WAR" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1966.   Built in 1943 by Higgins Industries at New Orleans, LA as the US Navy Patrol Torpedo boat "PT-305", she was purchased in 1953 by the Bogan Family who sailed her as the "JERSEY" from Brielle, New Jersey.   In 1963, she sailed for one season as Captain Bill Egerter 's "DAUNTLESS" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ before being sold to Captain Joe Burns in 1964.   Captain Burns operated the "MAN O' WAR" until 1973.  This World War II Patrol Torpedo boat is currently undergoing a full restoration at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA under her original name, the "PT-305".  MARLIN III, Montauk, New York – 1966  Captain Dick Rade's brand spanking new "MARLIN III" from Montauk, New York circa 1966.   She was built in 1966 by Machine & Supply Co. (Gillikin) at Beaufort, NC.   She was later sold and renamed the "CAPT. LEITCH IV" from Captree, NY and then as the "MISS GREENPORT".   In 1998, she was sold to Captain Ed Beneducci and he remodeled and renamed her as the "MARLIN VI" from Montauk, NY.   It then sailed as Captain Jeff Gutman's "ANGLER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   The boat then sailed as Captain Dave Paris' "CAPT. DAVE II" from Sheepshead Bay, NY, and then as Captain Keith Williams FIN CHASER II from Montauk, NY.   The boat is now owned by Captain Tim Juettner and is presently named the "NORTH STAR III".