1BROOKLYN III, Brooklyn, NY – 1974 The "BROOKLYN III" was built 1973 by Depend-A-Craft, located at Pierre Part, LA for Captain Walter Zirkle. She sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY until 1976, when she was sold and joined the Yankee Fleet at Gloucester, MA and sailed as the "YANKEE CAPTS." Photo courtesy of Captain Kevin Black.
2CAPTAIN STARN V, Atlantic City, NJ – 1974 The "CAPTAIN STARN V" was built in 1964 by Atlantic City Boat Works and was the sister ship of both the "CAPTAIN STARN III" and "CAPTAIN STARN IV". Sold in 1979, she was relocated to Staten Island, New York and sailed as Captain Richie Rhodes' "VIKING". Sold again in 1987, she became the "DUTCH APPLE", and then later sailed as the "CRESCENT". She was dismantled in 2002.
3CAPT. RED, Brooklyn, NY – 1974 The "CAPT. RED" from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, NY circa 1974. The boat was built in 1927 as Captain Frank Swartzbach’s "FISHER". In 1948, she became Captain Jackie Michaels’ 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 the "CAPT. RED". Photo courtesy of Captain Andrew Nazzaruolo.
4FISHERMEN, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1974 Captain Ron Santee's "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1974. She was built in 1969 by Stevenson Boat Works at Staten Island, NY as the "SEA MIST" and later sailed as the "HOLIDAY". She is presently sailing from Captree, NY as Captain Chris Altbacker's charter boat "FISHTALE". Photo courtesy of Captain Ron Santee Jr.
5TAMPA IV and TAMPA V, Brooklyn, NY – 1974 Captain Rocky and Victor Becker's "TAMPA IV" and "TAMPA V are shown here tied up at Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay, Brookly, NY circa 1974. Picture courtesy of Captain Gene Becker.
6APACHE III, Bronx, NY – 1975 The "APACHE III" from City Island, Bronx, NY circa 1975. Built in 1960 at Rock Hall, MD as the "THUNDERBIRD", she was sold in the following year to Raffealea Cerbone who renamed her as the "APACHE III" and relocated the boat to City Island, Bronx, NY. The boat later moved to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and sailed from Pier 3. Sold in 1980, she became Captain Mike Danon's "CAPT. LOU IV" from Freeport, NY. Sold once again, the boat has since undergone a full remodeling and is presently sailing as the "PLACIDA QUEEN" from Englewood, FL.
7CAPT. BILL VAN, Belmar, NJ – 1975 The "CAPT. BILL VAN" from Belmar, NJ circa 1975. Operated by Captain Bill Van Wetering, this 85' aluminum vessel was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA. She later sailed as Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ, as Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY, as the "ZEPHYR VI" from Gloucester, MA, and as Captain Jeff Gutman's "VOYAGER" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. In 2015, she started sailing as Captain Robert Andresen's "CAPTREE PRINCESS" from Captree, NY
8CAPT. BOB, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1975 The "CAPT. BOB" from Sea Isle City, NJ circa 1975. Gulf Craft Inc., Patterson, LA built the "CAPT. BOB" in 1973 for Captain Bob Burcaw. She was later sold and became the "CARIBBEAN CLIPPER" and sailed from a port in Louisiana. She has since returned to the East Coast where she is currently sailing as the "CAROLINA CLIPPER" from Mount Pleasant, SC.
9CAPT. RED, Brooklyn, NY – 1975 The "CAPT. RED" from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, NY circa 1975. Built in 1927 as Captain Frank Swartzbach's "FISHER" from Sheepshead Bay, she became Captain Jackie Michaels' second "AMERICA" in 1948 and sailed from Pier 8 at Sheepshead Bay. Sold again in 1962, she was renamed the "BROOKLYN". In 1971, Captain 'Red' Tanfield and Captain 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". She has since been dismantled. Photo courtesy of Captain Gerry Nappi.
10CAPT. STARN VI, Atlantic City, NJ – 1975 The "CAPT. STARN VI" is shown during a private cruise prior to her maiden voyage in 1975. Gulf Craft built the boat at Patterson, LA for owner and operator Captain Clarence Apel, who sailed her from Atlantic City, NJ. Captain Clarence Starn was the original owner and operator of Captain Starn's until he passed away in 1969. His namesake restaurant and fleet of fishing and excursion boats was a seaside staple for decades. Captain Starn's nephew, Captain Clarence Apel ran the business after his demise.
In 1979, the boat became Captain Andrew Applegate's "APPLEJACK" from Atlantic City. After another change of owners and a remodeling, the boat is presently sailing as Captain Bill Cunningham's "MISS CAPE ANN" and does whale watching from Gloucester, MA.
11COCK ROBIN, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 The "COCK ROBIN" makes its first debut as it is pulled out of the shed at Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL in 1975. She was one of the earlier party boats built by Lydia Yachts. Captain Ralph Pennel operated the "COCK ROBIN" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
12COCK ROBIN Paint Advertisement – 1975 Captain Ralph Pennel's "COCK ROBIN" from Point Pleasant, NJ looked so sharp after a fresh coat of Pettit Centennial White marine paint, they used her in an advertising campaign. Only $5.95 per quart! My, how times have changed. Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
13HOLIDAY, Cape May, NJ – 1975 Captain Ron Robbins' "HOLIDAY" from Cape May, NJ circa 1975. She was built in 1975 by East Bay Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and specialized in Delaware Bay Weakfishing. She later became Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant, NJ and after that, became Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, NY. In 1986 she was sold to Captain Marty Haines Jr. and became the "SEA PIGEON IV" from Perth Amboy, NJ. In 2007, she became Captains Tim and Lauren Griffith's MIDDLEBANK II and sails from Bridgeport, CT.
14HOLIDAY, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1975. Built in 1974 by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL, she later became Captain Bill Van Wetering's "CAPT. BILL VAN" from Belmar, NJ. She then sailed as the "PORT JEFF ACE" from Port Jefferson, NY and returned to New Jersey in 1993 as Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ. She is presently sailing from Chesapeake Beach, MD as the "LADY HOOKER".
15KLONDIKE VI, New Rochelle, NY – 1975 Captain Pete Pearson's "KLONDIKE VI" is shown here in 1975 shortly after being launched by her builder, Lydia Yachts. The "KLONDIKE VI" sailed from New Rochelle, New York and specialized in fishing on Long Island Sound. In 1979, Captain Pearson sold her, and the boat was relocated to Honduras; her present fate is unknown.
16MISS POINT PLEASANT II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 The "MISS POINT PLEASANT II" sailed from Ken's Landing at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and was built in 1957 by Stowman Shipyards at Dorchester, NJ. Sailing schedule and fare advertisements painted on the hull were a trademark of party boats sailing from the Manasquan Inlet and this technique worked well as they drifted along the crowded beaches and plied the inlet before the many tourists and onlookers.
17NORMA-K II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 Captain Ken Keller's "NORMA-K II" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1975. The "NORMA-K II" was built in 1964 by Deebold Boatworks, Atlantic City, NJ. She is owned and operated by Captain Ken Keller and is the only Deebold party boat to retain her original name. She is still an active boat in the NORMA-K fleet.
18PIPER, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 The "PIPER" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1975. Built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works, at Harkers Island, NC, she first sailed as Captain Frank Green's "QUEEN MARY". 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 at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. In 1974, Captain 'Blacky' Walsh bought the boat and renamed her "PIPER". A few years later, the boat was purchased by Captain Fred Kern and sailed from Belmar, NJ as the "SPRAY II". In 1982, Captain Hal Hagaman purchased the boat and sailed her as the "SEA TIGER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ until the spring of 2004. She then sailed as Captain Richie Moore's "MISS MOORE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ and then sailed as the "A.C. LADY" from Atlantic City, NJ. The vessel is now sailing as Captain Stewart Cash's "OSPREY IV" from Port Jefferson, NY. Photo Courtesy of Cathy and 'Blacky' Walsh.
19SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 Captain 'Jack' Bogan's "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1975. Sutton Boat Works built this steel-hulled vessel in 1966 at Tarpon Springs, FL and she first sailed as the "CAPT. BILL II". Sold in 1984 she relocated to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and sailed under the same name. The federal government confiscated the "SHAMROCK" in 1985 and later sold her at auction. She is has since been completely remodeled and is presently sailing on the St. Croix River as the dinner cruise vessel "AFTON PRINCESS" from Afton, MN. Photo Courtesy of Captain 'Jack' Bogan Sr.
20SHY POKE, Belmar, NJ – 1975 Captain Bryan Elsey's charter boat "SHY POKE" from Belmar, NJ circa 1975. The "SHY POKE" was built in 1956 at Rock Hall, MD and was originally owned by Captain Bill Guenther.
21SUPER CAT, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1975 Captain Charlie Fossani's "SUPER CAT" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1975. This 90-foot aluminum catamaran was built in 1972 by Monark Custom Craft at Jeanerette, LA and later became Captain Sinn's "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood Crest, NJ where she specialized in sightseeing trips. She is currently sailing as the party fishing boat "SUPER QUEEN" from Clearwater Beach, FL.
22SUPER SPRAY II, Belmar, NJ – 1975 Captain Fred Kern’s "SUPER SPRAY II" from Belmar, NJ circa 1975. Built in 1974 by Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA, she was one of several "Super Cruisers" that joined the New York / New Jersey party boat fleet in the early to mid–1970s. Unlike the other 77-foot party boats constructed by Gulf Craft during this era, her deck was built lower to the water to enhance her mainstay business of drifting for Fluke. Her low profile made her look much wider than her counterparts. Photo courtesy of the Kern Family.
23ALOMA, Freeport, NY –1976 Captain George Schmidt's "ALOMA" from Freeport, NY circa 1976. She was built in 1958 at St. Augustine, FL and first sailed as the "CAPT. OLE". In 1959, the "ALOMA" was sold to Captain John Sheehan and became his "MISS PECONIC II" and sailed from Greenport, NY. In 1967, she was relocated to Freeport, NY as the "VIKING SKIPPER". She was then sold in 1974 and became the "ALOMA" under the command of Captain John Grimley. She later relocated to Wildwood, NJ as Captain Charlie Selby's "RAINBOW" and then relocated to Miami FL, as the "SEA KING II". She was dismantled in1990. Photo courtesy of Paul Schmidt.
24BIG MARIE-S, Belmar, NJ – 1976 The "BIG MARIE-S" was originally built by Deebold Boatworks, Atlantic City, NJ in 1965 as the "JO ANN IV" and sailed from Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ. She was later purchased by Captain Walter Siegler and became his "BIG-MARIE-S" from Belmar, NJ. She later became the large charter boat "AMERICAN EAGLE" and was skippered by Captains Hank Leonard and Mark Campbell.
On February 29, 2004, the "AMERICAN EAGLE" entered Manasquan Inlet and lost her steering. She struck the jetty inside the inlet and began taking on water. She was towed to shallow water where she later sank. The vessel was dismantled a few days later.
25BIG MOHAWK II, Brooklyn, NY – 1976 Owned and operated by partners Tony 'Mo' Barbato and Dan Kenny, the "BIG MOHAWK II" sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. In the photo, she is sailing in upper New York harbor during the July 4, 1976 Bicentennial celebration watching the parade of tall ships.
Atlantic City Boat Works built the vessel in 1962 as the "CAPTAIN STARN III". Captains Tony and Dan purchased her in 1976 and she became the "BIG MOHAWK II". Later, she was sold to Captains Marty Tave and Gary Fagan who sailed her 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 as Captain Chris Hueth's "BIG MOHAWK". Photo courtesy of Captain Tony "Mo" Barbato.
26RANGER V, Brooklyn, NY – 1976 Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1976. Built in 1975 by Derecktor Shipyards at Mamaroneck, NY, she was the largest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay at the time. She was sold in 1981 and relocated to Texas, and then later sailed from Madeira Beach, Florida. She is currently sailing in the Caribbean near the Turks and Caicos region. Photo courtesy of Captain Norm Mordaunt.
27STARLIGHT, Wildwood, NJ – 1976 The "STARLIGHT" from Wildwood, NJ circa 1976. Built in 1965 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC, she originally sailed as Captain Ted Bower's "BLUE SEA I" from Riviera Beach, FL. She later sailed as the "CAPT. SANDY II" and then as the "STARLIGHT". She was later sold and remodeled and became Captain Fred Robert's "YANKEE III" from Captree, NY.
28ATLANTIS, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1977 The "ATLANTIS" from Broadway Basin at Point Pleasant, NJ as she appeared in 1977. Built in 1955 by Stowman Shipyards at Dorchester, NJ as the "PARAMOUNT", she was powered by two GM 110 diesel engines and was the first party fishing boat in New Jersey equipped with radar. She was later renamed the "PARAMOUNT II" and then remodeled (her wheelhouse was relocated topside) and renamed the "MARINER". She was sold to Captain Fred Bird from Montauk, NY shortly after this photo was taken. Captain Fred remodeled her again and renamed her the "FLYING CLOUD". She still sails from Montauk today and specializes in Fluke fishing during the summer and Porgy fishing during the off-season. Photo courtesy of Captain Michael Rathgeber.
29BETTY W II, Brooklyn, NY – 1977 The "BETTY W II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1977. The "BETTY W II" was built in 1959 for Captain Ken Wright by the Scott McBurney Boat Yard at Brooklyn, NY. Captain Ken's first mate, the well-known Captain Al Coley, took over the business from his mentor and continued to operate the vessel from Sheepshead Bay. Sold in 1983, she became the "SUNSHINE III" from Sheepshead Bay. She ran aground near Rockaway Inlet in 1987 and was dismantled. Photo courtesy of John Cairns.
30CAPT. JOSEPH II, Captree, New York – 1977 The "CAPT. JOSEPH II" is seen here returning from flounder fishing in March of 1977. She 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.) 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 on March 5, 1985 and was beached at Sandy Hook. Photo courtesy of Joan Richards.