MABEL HOLLAND, Brooklyn, NY – 1916
This original vintage cabinet photo shows a large group of anglers aboard the "MABEL HOLLAND" while weakfising at Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn, NY during the summer of 1916. The "MABLE HOLLAND" was built in 1901 as an oyster sloop at Rockaway, NY. Converted to a party fishing boat in 1911, she was one of the earliest vessels to offer daily open boat fishing trips from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
As a side note, large weakfish weighing over ten pounds were very common residents of Gravesend Bay during this era. Many of the smaller boats at Sheepshead Bay took advantage of the great fishing and close proximity of Gravesend Bay, and fished for weakfish during the summer months.