NORMA-K, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1963  Captain Jack Kennell's "NORMA-K" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1963.   Built in 1946 at Brooklyn, NY as Captain Henry Hillmann's "DOLPHIN II" from Brielle, NJ, she was later sold to Captain Jack Endean who sailed her as the original "MISS POINT PLEASANT" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   In 1957, Captain Jack Kennell purchased the boat and she became his "NORMA-K".   Sold again in 1975, she became the "CATHERINE" from Belmar, NJ and she last sailed as the "MS. HIGHLANDS" from Highlands, NJ.   Photo courtesy Norma and Captain Ken Keller.  QUEEN MARY, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1963  Captain Frank Green's first "QUEEN MARY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1963.   She was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   Captain Green passed away in 1963 and Captain Harvey Brown purchased the boat.   He didn't change her name, but he relocated the "QUEEN MARY" to Spike's Fishery Dock, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   In 1974, Captain 'Blacky' Walsh bought the boat and renamed her the "PIPER".   A few years later, the boat was sold to Captain Fred Kern, renamed the "SPRAY II" and moved to Belmar, NJ.   In 1982, she was sold to Captain Hal Hagaman and sailed as the "SEA TIGER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ until the spring of 2004 when she became Captain Richie Moore's "MISS MOORE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   The boat then sailed as Captain Stewart Cash's "OSPREY IV" from Port Jefferson, NY.  She last sailed as Captain Nick Marchetti's NEVER ENUFF II from Flushing, NY and sank in 2012.  RANGER III, Brooklyn, NY – 1963  The "RANGER III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and skippered by Captain Mike Scarpati circa 1963.   She was built in 1963 and with a length of 90 feet (plus two GM 12-71 diesel engines), she was the largest party boat made by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC.   After leaving Sheepshead Bay she was relocated to Provincetown, MA and later became the "BIG FLAMINGO II" from Wildwood, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  SEA JET, Neptune, NJ – 1963  The "SEA JET" from Neptune Basin, Neptune, NJ and skippered by Captain Alvin Shinn circa 1963.   She was a converted 63-foot World War II air-sea rescue boat.   The "SEA JET" was later sold to Captain Joe Galluccio and became his "SEA RANGER" from Belmar, NJ.  SEA KING, Great Kills, NY – 1963  Captain Cliff Stonier’s "SEA KING" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1963.   The 65-foot "SEA KING" was built in 1961 by Stevenson Boat Works, Staten Island, NY at a cost of $22,000 and was a sister ship to the "SEA PIGEON III" from Perth Amboy, NJ.  In 1970, Captain Joe Galluccio bought the boat and moved her to Belmar, NJ.   Captain Galluccio ran the boat from Belmar until 1988 and then sold the boat and business to Captain Bill Hauck.   The "SEA KING" operated from Belmar for a few more years; she was then sold to a buyer in South America.   While on the way to Florida (for eventual shipping to South America), the "SEA KING" stopped at Little Creek, VA to get fuel.   A Navy vessel struck her and she sank at the fuel dock.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg. 
CAPT. JOE II, Belmar, NJ – 1964  Nice and clean!   The "CAPT. JOE II" on the very day (April 17, 1964) she arrived at Belmar, NJ from Gillikin Boatworks, Harkers Island, NC.   The hull was built of long-leaf yellow pine framing with two-inch mahogany planking and a two-inch cut select edge-grain fir deck.   The boat was white over-all with green trim and varnished mahogany transom.   Captain Joe Vassallo skippered her and later, his son Captain Mickey Vassallo took over the business.   Captain Mickey was the first in the New Jersey/New York party boat fleet to introduce winter "Magic Hours" fishing (4:00 PM to 9:00 PM) for Whiting (Silver Hake).   Captain Mickey passed away in 2007 and the boat later sailed as the "VIKING KING", the "STARFISH", and the "SEAHORSE" and is now sailing as the "CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.  FISHERMEN, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1964  The "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1964.   She was operated by Captain Ron Santee Sr.   The "FISHERMEN" was a converted World War II 63-foot air-sea rescue boat and was previously named the “MISS MOORE” from Great Kills, NY.   She later became the "PECONIC STAR" from Greenport, NY.   Photo Courtesy Ken Ekberg.  HURRICANE, Neptune, NJ – 1964  The "HURRICANE" from Neptune, NJ and skippered by Captain Joe Galluccio circa 1964.   She was built in 1945 at Portsmouth, VA as a US Navy Liberty Launch.   She previously sailed as Captain Ralph Pennel’s "COCK ROBIN" from Point Pleasant, NJ.   Captain Galluccio purchased her in the spring of 1964 and renamed her the "HURRICANE".   In the fall of the same year, Captain Frank Kirchner bought her and she sailed as his "KING NEPTUNE" from Highlands, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain Joe Galluccio.  MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1964  The "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1964.   She is shown Porgy fishing on the Sea Bright Grounds with Captain Charlie Dodd's "OPTIMIST" (skippered by Captain Norman Mordaunt.)   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 Ed Keefe Jr.  OPTIMIST QUEEN, Neptune, NJ – 1964  Captain Charlie Dodd's "OPTIMIST QUEEN" prepares to depart from Dodd's Basin on the Shark River in Neptune, NJ circa 1964.   The "OPTIMIST QUEEN" was built in 1959 by Stowman Shipyards at Dorchester, NJ.  During her career, she sailed as the "OPTIMIST QUEEN", the "SUNSHINE", the "OPTIMIST SPORT", the "MOHAWK IV", the "MISS BELMAR II", the "BANDIT", the "CYNTHIA ANN", and lastly as the "ISLAND CURRENT IV".    The boat sank at her dock in November 2015. 
ROCKET II, Brooklyn, NY – 1964  Captain 'Laddie' Martin's "ROCKET II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1964.   Built in 1942 as the 104-foot US Navy Air–Sea Rescue Boat "P-106", she was converted for party boat fishing after the end of World War II.   She sailed as the "SILVER STAR" before becoming the "ROCKET II".   Captain 'Laddie' was the son of Captain Dave Martin (the owner and operator of the "GIRALDA".)   Photo courtesy of Captain Tony 'Mo' Barbato.  SANDPIPER, Brooklyn, NY – 1964  Captain Joseph Finale's "SANDPIPER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1964.   Stevenson's Boat Works, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY built her in 1962.   In 1967, Captain Arnold "Speedy" Hubert bought the boat and she became the "SPEEDY III" from Point Lookout, NY.   She later sailed as the "NORTH STAR" from New York, NY and spent a few years sailing from Belmar, NJ as Captain Dom Vitolo’s "SKIPPER".   She was later moved to Hilton Head, SC and was dismantled in 2001.   Photo courtesy of Captain Frank Dorio.  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".