TAMPA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1966
Captain Rocky Becker’s "TAMPA III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1966. Stevenson Boat Works, Staten Island, NY built her in 1963 and she sailed from Pier 2 at Sheepshead Bay. On July 4, 1970, the "TAMPA III" was heading home in a dense fog after a night of bluefishing, and was struck by the freighter "MORMACGLEN" and sank. Her skipper that evening was Captain Norman Mordaunt; he was credited with averting a major tragedy by swerving away from the freighter moments before the collision. Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.