1HELEN II, Montauk, NY – 1972 Captain George Glas' "HELEN II" from Montauk, NY circa 1972. Built in1958 at Somerset, MA, the Glas family lengthened this 50-foot steel vessel to 60 feet, made it into a triple screw rig, lengthened the deck house and replaced the interior cockpit deck with a flush deck. Sold to the Peterson Steamship Company in 1977, she was sailing the Great Lakes as the sightseeing vessel "CITY OF DOUGLAS" until 2005 when her ownership changed again. The current owners had problems maintaining the hull plating and the boat went out of service. Her present status and whereabouts are unknown.
2HOLIDAY, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Jack Endean's second party boat named "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1972. The boat was built 1969 by Stevenson Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY as the "SEA MIST" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and later became Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY". It then sailed as Ron Santee's third party boat named "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ and after nearly fifty years of service presently sails as Chris Altbacker's "FISHTALE" from Captree, NY. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
3GULF CRAFT Advertisement, Patterson, LA – 1973 A 1973 advertisement from Gulf Craft, the builder of Captain Al Shinn's "SS MISS BELMAR" from Belmar, NJ. Built in 1973, the boat had a long and successful career at Belmar, NJ and then became the "SOUTHERN PRINCESS" in 1997. The boat presently sails as the Mexican passenger ferry "PIOLIN".
4QUEEN MARY, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Harvey Brown's "QUEEN MARY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1972. She was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC for Captain Frank Green who later passed away in 1963 and Captain 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 George 'Blacky' Walsh bought the boat and renamed it the "PIPER". A few years later, the boat was sold to Captain Fred Kern, renamed "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, Queens, NY and sank in 2012. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
5QUEEN MARY 2, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Harvey Brown's "QUEEN MARY 2" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ departing Manasquan Inlet in 1972. She was built in 1962 by Deebold Boat Works at Atlantic City, NJ as Captain Jack Endean's first boat named "HOLIDAY". Captain Brown later purchased the boat and continued to sail her from Point Pleasant Beach, 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 was relocated to Florida in 1996 and has since been dismantled. The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
6RELIABLE, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1972 Captain Bill Black's "RELIABLE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1972. She was built in 1946 by Sutter Brothers Boatworks, Brooklyn, NY as Captain Sebastian Ott's "TRAVELER II" and first sailed from Sheepshead Bay. She was later purchased by Captain Black and relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ as his "RELIABLE". She was later relocated to Florida and last operated as a privately owned vessel. Photo courtesy of Captain Kevin Black.
7SEA KING, Belmar, NJ – 1972 It was back to Zuber's Seacoast Basin for Captain Joe Galluccio, but this time it was for giving his "SEA KING" a fresh coat of paint for the spring season. Photo Courtesy of Captain Joe Galluccio.
8SEA QUEEN III, Manhattan, NY – 1972 The "SEA QUEEN III" originally sailed from City Island, Bronx, NY under the command of Captain Fred Schmahl. Captain Fred later relocated her to Manhattan, NY where she sailed from the 23rd Street pier. The "SEA QUEEN III" was one of the last remaining converted World War I sub chasers to operate in our local waters. Built in 1917 at Jacksonville, FL, she first sailed as a party boat as the "USONA" from the Bronx, NY. Photo courtesy of Bill Fedison.
9TAMPA IV, Brooklyn, NY – 1972 Captain Rocky Becker's "TAMPA IV" is seen here in 1972 with a load of commuter passengers as she docks at Pier 11 at the end of Wall Street during one of the many New York City transit strikes. Blount Marine built the "TAMPA IV" in 1971 at Warren, RI. She was later sold to one-time "TAMPA IV" deckhand Larry Krim who along with Captains 'Red' Tanfield and Andrew Nazzaruolo operated her as the "EAGLE" from Pier 9 at Sheepshead Bay for four years. The "EAGLE" then sailed as a standby boat for Texaco when they drilled for oil off Atlantic City, NJ. After that, Captain Krim sold the "EAGLE" and she is currently operating as the Lake Erie cruise vessel "GOODTIME I" from Sandusky, OH. Photo courtesy of the Becker family.
10DEEP BLUE, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ –1973 The "DEEP BLUE" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1973. James Gillikin at Gillikin Craft Inc. Beaufort, NC, built her in 1972. She is shown at Point Pleasant, NJ soon after being purchased by Captain Harvey Brown – He renamed her the "QUEEN MARY". She sailed from Spike's Fishery Dock, Point Pleasant, NJ until she was sold again and renamed the "STARLIGHT" from Wildwood, NJ. On May 5, 1992, she was returning to Wildwood after spending the winter in the Florida Keys, encountered very rough weather, and sank off the coast of Maryland. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
11DEEP BLUE, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1973 The "DEEP BLUE" is shown here hauled out shortly after being purchased by Captain Harvey Brown, and about to become his "QUEEN MARY".
12SS MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 1973 The house section of the "SS MISS BELMAR" under construction at Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA circa 1973. Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
13SS MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 1973 The upside down hull of the "SS MISS BELMAR" under construction at Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA circa 1973. After the plating was welded onto the frame, the hull would be flipped over and then the decking would be laid down. Later, the house section would be lifted and attached to the hull. Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
14SS MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 1973 The 114-foot "MISS BELMAR" newly arrived at Belmar, NJ from the shipyard circa 1973. Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA, built this aluminum vessel in 1973. Scott Tibbs of Gulf Craft designed and built several Party Boats during the 1970s. His sleekly designed and sturdily built vessels continue to sail from ports throughout the east coast and are a testament to the quality boats produced at Gulf Craft. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
15ROYAL FLUSH, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1973 A 1973 advertising postcard for Captain Edward Royles' "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood Crest, NJ. Built in 1971 by Machine & Supply Co. at Beaufort, NC, she originally sailed as the "BLUE HERON V" from Riviera Beach, FL before relocating to New Jersey. The "ROYAL FLUSH" was sold in 1978 to Captain Gary Sloan and she became his "ADVENTURER II" from Wildwood, NJ. In 2004, she relocated to Lewes, DE, where she continues to sail as the "ADVENTURER II".
16SUPER CAT, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1973 Captain Charlie Fossani's "SUPER CAT" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1973. Monark Custom Craft at Jeanerette, LA built this 90-foot aluminum catamaran in 1972. She later became the sightseeing boat "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood, NJ and is presently sailing as the "SUPER QUEEN" from Clearwater Beach, FL. Photo postcard courtesy of Captain Bob Moro.
17BROOKLYN 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.
18CAPTAIN 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.
19CAPT. 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.
20FISHERMEN, 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.
21MAN O'WAR, Brielle, NJ – 1974 At the time of this photo, the "MAN O' WAR" was converted from party fishing to a sightseeing boat. 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" from Brielle until 1973.
This World War II Patrol Torpedo boat has been fully restored at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA under her original name, the "PT-305". The photo is courtesy of Skip Tonks.
22TAMPA 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.
23APACHE 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.
24CAPT. 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
25CAPT. 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.
26CAPT. 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.
27CAPT. 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.
28COCK 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.
29COCK 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.
30HOLIDAY, 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.