1EFFORT, Brooklyn, NY – 1968 In this 1968 photo, Captain Charles VanDerVoort's "EFFORT" shown at her pier in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. Docked behind the "EFFORT" is Captain Irving Moss' "SEA PIGEON II". The "EFFORT" was a converted World War II US Navy Subchaser built in 1942 at Wickford, RI as the "SC-1300". She was dismantled in 1970.
2GRACE, Brooklyn, NY – 1968 Captain Joe La Gaipa's "GRACE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1968. Built in 1936 at Brooklyn, NY, she was originally owned by Captain Walter Montague. Captain Joe La Gaipa later purchased her and continued to sail this vessel from Sheepshead Bay. She is a typical 'Skipjack Class' party boat of the era. Photo courtesy of Captain 'Butch' Rafi.
3MAYFLOWER II, Atalntic City, NJ – 1968 Captain Bill Tildsley's "MAYFLOWER II" sailed from Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was built in 1963 by Deebold & Adams Boat Works at Atltantic City, New Jersey. The boat is presently sailing from Barnegat Light, New Jersey as Captain Sam Rescigno's "MARY M III". Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.
4MS 12, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1968 An advertisement for Captain George Sinn's Party Boat "MS 12" sailing from Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. She was built in 1953 by Simms Brothers Boat Builders at Dorchester, MA as a US Navy Minesweeping Boat (MSB-12). She was later sold as surplus and was converted by Captain Sinn into a party boat bearing her government designation. She was sold in 1970 and relocated to Miami, FL as the "FLAMINGO". She continued to sail from that port until she was removed from documentation in 1990 and her fate is unknown.
5PECONIC QUEEN, Montauk, NY – 1968 The "PECONIC QUEEN" sailed from Pier 1 at Montauk, NY under the command of Captain Lester Behan. She specialized in offshore wreck fishing for Cod, Pollock, Hake, and Haddock off Block Island and at Cox's Ledge. She was built in 1944 by Wheeler Yacht Company of Whitestone, New York as the US Navy Patrol Vessel "YP-648".
She was later relocated to California and sailed from Los Angeles as the sight-seeing vessel "INTREPID". The vessel was removed from documentation in 2007 and her present fate is unknown.
6QUEEN MARY 2, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1968 Captain Harvey Brown's "QUEEN MARY 2" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1968. She was built in 1962 by Deebold Boatworks at Atlantic City, NJ as Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY". Captain Brown later purchased her and continued to sail her from Point Pleasant, NJ. She later became the "VIKING SKIPPER II" from Montauk, NY and last sailed from New Jersey as Captain Tom Buban's "ATLANTIC STAR". She relocated to Florida in 1996 and has since been dismantled. Photo courtesy of Rich Johnson.
7YANKEE SKIPPER, Brooklyn, NY – 1968 Captain Charlie Smallman's "YANKEE SKIPPER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1968. The "YANKEE SKIPPER" was built in 1942 at Brooklyn, NY as the 83-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter "CG-83373". She later became the "STARSTREAM" from Freeport, NY and after that, the "CLAIRE III" from the Bronx, NY.
8ROCKET II, Boston, MA – 1969 Captain Matthew Hughes' "ROCKET II" at Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston, MA in May 1969. She was built in 1942 at Atlantic City, NJ as the 104-foot US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat "P-106". She sailed as the "SILVER STAR" before joining the Sheepshead Bay fleet in 1953 as Captain Dave 'Laddie' Martin's "ROCKET II".
She was sold in 1967 to Captain Matthew Hughes and joined his Boston Harbor Cruise Fleet at Boston, MA where she continued to sail under the same name before being relocated to the Bahamas in 1974.
9TAMPA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1969 The "TAMPA III" is seen here returning to her pier at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1969. At the helm is Captain Rocky Becker. Charlie Becker is standing in the bow holding a mooring line in his hand, and holding the gaff on the port side is Victor Becker. Stevenson Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY built her in 1963. Photo courtesy of the Becker family.
10TEX FLEET, Greenport, NY – 1969 The "TEX III" and "TEX" at Sterling Harbor Marina, Greenport, NY circa 1969. Captain George Moore originally sailed the "TEX" from Montauk, NY before moving her to Greenport.
The "TEX" was built in1947 at Island Park, NY as the "PORPOISE" and the "TEX III" was built in 1959 at Greenport, NY. The "TEX" sailed until being dropped from documentation in 1999.
The "TEX III" later became the "MISS HAMPTON BEACH" from Portsmouth, NH and last sailed as Captain Thomas Lukegord's "NICOLE RENEE" from Gloucester, MA. She stopped sailing in 2000 and its dilapidated hulk was intentionally sunk in May 2005 offshore of Halibut Point, MA.
11AMBERJACK IV, Brooklyn, NY – 1970 The "AMBERJACK IV" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1970. Putnam Shipbuilding built the "AMBERJACK IV" at Palalka, FL in 1970 and the photo shows her shortly after arriving at Sheepshead Bay. Captains Vincent and Fred Ardolino owned and operated The "AMBERJACK IV" and replaced her in 1978 with the "AMBERJACK V". She was sold and relocated to Massachusetts where she was remodeled and became a commercial fishing vessel under the same name.
12CAPT. COLLET, Atlantic City, NJ – 1970 Captain George Collet's "CAPT. COLLET" sailed from Starn's Pier at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Charles H. Stowman & Sons built the boat in 1929 at Dorchester, New Jersey as the privately owned vessel "MALABAR". In 1946, Captain Clarence Starn purchased the "MALABAR" at an estate sale and she joined the Starn's Fleet under the command of Captain Elwood Starn. She became the "CAPT. COLLET" in 1969 and later became the commercial fishing dragger "DEFIANCE". Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.
13CAPTAIN STARN III, Atlantic City, NJ – 1970 The "CAPTAIN STARN III" was built in 1962 by Atlantic City Boat Works and was the sister ship of both the "CAPTAIN STARN IV" and "CAPTAIN STARN V". Operated by Captain Ed Egnor, she did double duty by offering both sightseeing trips and fishing trips.
Purchased in 1974 by Captains Tony 'Mo' Barbato and Dan Kenny, they relocated her to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as their charter boat "BIG MOHAWK II". Sold again to Captains Marty Tave and Gary Fagan, she sailed from Belmar, NJ under the same "BIG MOHAWK II" name.
She later became the "ISLAND PRINCESS" from Captree, NY and has since found her way back to Belmar, NJ, where she is now sailing once again as the "BIG MOHAWK II" under the command of Captain Chris Hueth. Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.
14FLAMINGO II, Brooklyn, NY – 1970 Captain Walter Wiegand's "FLAMINGO II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1970. She was a converted World War II 63-foot U.S. Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat.
15HEL-CAT, Montauk, NY – 1970 The "HEL-CAT" catamaran from Montauk, NY circa 1970. The Twin Hull Boat Company at Little Ferry, NY, built the hull in 1968 for the Glas family and they finished the boat themselves. The boat and business later moved to Groton, CT. In 1987, the Glas family converted her to a river tour boat, the "PRIDE OF NORWICH" and she sailed from Norwich, CT. Sold in 1988, she became the "LADY EDNA II". She later caught fire and sank.
16JAMAICA, Brielle, NJ – 1970 The bow of Captain Howard Bogan Sr's "JAMAICA" is shown at Blount Marine, Warren, RI in 1970. She later became "PARAMOUNT II" and is currently sailing as the "ATLANTIS". Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
17JAMAICA, Brielle, NJ – 1970 The starboard side of Captain Howard Bogan Sr's "JAMAICA" at Blount Marine, Warren, RI in 1970. She later became "PARAMOUNT II" and is currently sailing as the "ATLANTIS". Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
18SEA QUEEN V, Manhattan, NY – 1970 The "SEA QUEEN V" sailed from Manhattan during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was a converted US Navy PT boat owned and operated by Captain Donald Schmahl. Built in 1942 by Elco shipbuilding at Bayonne, NJ, she originally sailed as the US Navy C-102548, and later as the US Navy PT-95. She then sailed Captain Gus Marinak's "SUN TAN" from the Bronx, NY before becoming the "SEA QUEEN V". Photo courtesy of Bill Fedison.
19SHAMROCK, New Rochelle, NY – 1970 The "SHAMROCK" sailed from Hudson Park at New Rochelle, NY and specialized in fishing Long Island Sound. She was built 1956 at Port Clinton, OH and originally fished the Great Lakes as the "WENDY".
20TRAVELER II, Brooklyn, NY – 1970 The "TRAVELER II" from Pier 1, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1970. She was operated by Captain Billy Tuveri. Built in 1959 at the Scott McBurney Boat Yard, Brooklyn, NY as Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER II", she became the "TRAVELER II" in 1963. She last sailed as the "DELMAR IV".
21CAPT. RICHIE, Captree, NY – 1971 Captain Richie Westerlind's "CAPT. RICHIE" from Captree, NY circa 1971. She was one of several Gillikin party boats owned by the Westerlind Family over the years. Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC and she originally sailed as the "CAPT. GEORGE". Later sold and renamed the "DULCINEA", she is currently operating as a launch for a yacht club at Boardman, OR. Partially disassembled for the move to Oregon, the boat was trucked across the country and reassembled on the west coast. Photo courtesy of Erika Westerlind.
22JAMIACA, Brielle, NJ – 1971 The 118-foot "JAMAICA" from Brielle, NJ circa 1971. She was operated by Captain Howard Bogan Sr. Built in 1970 by Blount Marine, Warren, RI; she had a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure. In 1977, shortly after the new 125-foot "JAMAICA" was launched, she was renamed "PARAMOUNT II". Today, she is Captain Francis Bogan's "ATLANTIS" and is the largest charter and long-range fishing boat operating in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.
23SEA DEVIL, Brielle, NJ – 1971 Captain Bob Pennington's "SEA DEVIL" from Brielle, NJ circa 1971. She was built in 1953 as Captain 'Jack' Bogan's "SHAMROCK" by the Van Sant Boat Yard at Atlantic City, NJ. The boat was originally contracted for Captain Elwood Starn of Atlantic City, NJ and construction began. However, Captain Starn later opted out of completing the vessel. Captain 'Jack' Bogan then purchased the boat and contract from him and she was completed and launched as the "SHAMROCK". This was the very first flush deck party boat ever built.
Captain Bob Pennington began his party boat career as a mate aboard Captain Joe Burns' "MAN O' WAR" and later worked for Captain 'Jack' Bogan aboard his "SHAMROCK". In 1971, Captain Bob bought the "SHAMROCK" from his mentor and renamed her as his first "SEA DEVIL". He later relocated the "SEA DEVIL" to Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She later sailed as the "HAPPY DAYS TOO" and finally as the "THEODORA" from Wildwood, NJ.
24CAPT. BOB, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1972 The "CAPT. BOB" from Sea Isle City, NJ and skippered by Captain Robert Burcaw circa 1972. She was built in 1972 by Outer Banks Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC.
25STARSTREAM, Freeport, New York – 1971 Captain Jack Leven's and Captain Richie Kessinger's "STARSTREAM" from Freeport, NY circa 1971. She was built in 1942 at Brooklyn, NY as the 83-foot US Coast Guard Cutter "CG-83373". Captain Charlie Smallman acquired her as surplus in 1953 and she became his "YANKEE SKIPPER" sailing from Sheepshead Bay at Brooklyn, NY. In 1968, she moved to Freeport, NY as the "STARSTREAM" and in 1973, she became Captain Edwin Berlin's "CLAIRE III" from the Bronx, NY. Photo courtesy of Stephen Kessinger.
26VIVIAN II, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1971 Captain Don Mears' "VIVIAN II" from Barnegat Light, NJ circa 1971. Built 1960 by Stowman Shipyards, she became the "SEA QUEEN II", and then the "HOLIDAY" from Sheepshead Bay. The boat is presently sailing as the "ROSIE" from Center Moriches, NY.
27CAPT. BOB II, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1972 Captain Bob Brown's "CAPT. BOB II" from Wildwood Crest, NJ circa 1972. She was built in 1923 at Camden, NJ and first sailed as the "ONAWA" and later as the "BERTO". She was dropped from documentation in 1999 and her present fate is unknown.
28CAPT. JOSEPH V, Captree, New York / Miami, Florida – 1972 Captain Stanley Joseph's "CAPT. JOSEPH V" was built by Outer Banks Boat Works (Gillikin) and was launched in January of 1971. She was one of six Gillikin-built party boats launched by the Joseph family. She sailed form Captree, NY for her first season and then relocated to Miami (where this photo was taken). She later sailed as Captain Tommy Paladino's "ELSIE-K III" and after that as the "CAPT. DOUG". The boat is presently sailing as the "MISS FREEPORT V" from Freeport, NY. Photo courtesy of Captain Wayne Westerlind.
29CAPT. RED, Brooklyn, NY – 1972 The "CAPT. RED" from Sheepshead Bay hauled out at Brooklyn shipyard circa 1972. The boat was built in 1927 as Captain Frank Schwarzbach's "FISHER". In 1948, she became Captain Jackie Michael's second "AMERICA" and sailed from Pier 8 at Sheepshead Bay. She was sold again in 1962 and was renamed the "BROOKLYN". In 1971, Captains 'Red' Tanfield and Gerry Nappi purchased the boat and renamed her as the "CAPT. RED". Last sold in 1977, the boat moved to Florida and sailed as the "CAPT. HOOK". The boat has since been dismantled. Photo courtesy of Captain Gerry Nappi.
30CAPT. WAYNE, Captree – 1972 The "CAPT. WAYNE" from Captree, NY circa 1972. Captain Wayne Westerlind owned and operated her from 1969 to 1977. Price Boat Yard, Deltaville, VA built her in 1964 as Captain Ed Bunting's "SEA HORSE II" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Today, she is sailing as Captain Bill Doll's "JET" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy of Lee Westerlind.