AMBERJACK V, Brooklyn, NY – 1979  Captain Fred Ardolino's "AMBERJACK V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1979.   She was one of several 'Supercruisers' to join the Sheepshead Bay fleet during the 1970s.   Like her predecessor, Putnam Shipbuilding in Palatka, FL built her (in 1978).   She made her last fishing trip on January 17, 1988, but has continued to operate from Sheepshead Bay as a dinner cruise vessel.  AVENGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1979  Captain Bill Eisenberg's "AVENGER" is shown shortly after arriving in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY in April 1979.   Built by Putnam Shipbuilding in Palatka, FL, she had a steel hull with an aluminum superstructure.   She was sold and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she last sailed as the "CAPT. COOK VIII".   Damaged during in a storm in 1992, she was dismantled shortly thereafter.  EAGLE, Brooklyn, NY – 1979  Captain Larry Krim's "EAGLE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1979.   Built in 1971 by Blount Marine at Warren, RI as Captain Rocky Becker's "TAMPA IV", the steel hulled boat was purchased by one-time "TAMPA IV" deckhand Larry Krim.   Captain Krim operated the "EAGLE" from Pier 9 at Sheepshead Bay for four years along with Captains 'Red' Tanfield and Andrew Nazzaruolo.   The "EAGLE" then operated 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 cruise vessel "GOODTIME I" and sails on Lake Erie from Sandusky, OH.  HI HOOK, Brooklyn, NY – 1979  Captains Jim and 'Vinnie' Macaluso's "HI-HOOK" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1979.   Built in 1938 at College Point, NY for Captain Harry Shultz, the "HI-HOOK" was one of the last 'old time' forty-five foot party boats to sail from Sheepshead Bay.   Her dismantling in 1987 closed a chapter in party boat history.  NORMA-K II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1979  Captain Ken Keller's "NORMA-K II" takes a pounding in the surf along the beach at Belmar, NJ in this 1979 photo.   Deebold Boat Works of Atlantic City, NJ built this sturdy party fishing boat in 1964.   The "NORMA-K II" continues to sail from Ken's Landing at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain 'Jack' Bogan. 
PARABLE, Brooklyn, NY – 1979  The "PARABLE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1979.   Captain Vinnie Mennella operated her.   She was built in 1945 at Whitestone, NY and originally sailed from Sheepshead Bay as Captain Henry 'Pop' Mayer's "LADY LOU II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Andrew Nazzaruolo.  TAMPA VI, Brooklyn, NY – 1979  Captain Charlie Becker's "TAMPA VI" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1979.   She was built in 1977 by Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA and first sailed from Pier 2 at Sheepshead Bay.   In 1986, the Becker family converted her into a dinner cruise boat.  She is now a charter dive boat in the Galapagos Islands.   Photo courtesy of Captain Gene Becker.  TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1979  Captain Fred Moore's "TEAL" is shown hosting the Steamship Historical Society of America's annual sightseeing cruise to New York Harbor.   Built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, North Carolina, the "TEAL" sailed from Shoal's Dock at Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, NY.  ANNA M III, Captree, NY – 1980  Captain George Mahr Jr.'s "ANNA M III" is shown here at her berth at Captree State Park circa 1980.   Like many of the vessels sailing from Captree during this era, she is trimmed with finely varnished woodwork.   Built in 1962 by Stevenson's Boat Works at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY, her wheelhouse was originally located on the forward deck, but was later moved topside.   Photo Courtesy of George Mahr III.  APACHE IV, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  The "APACHE IV" from Pier 3, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn NY and skippered by Captain Tommy Owens circa 1980.   She lost her USCG certificate and her whereabouts are unknown.   Photo courtesy of Steve Kawalek. 
AMERICA, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  Captain Jackie Michaels' "AMERICA" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1980.   She was built in 1942 at the Electric Boat Company, Bayonne, NJ as the World War II US Navy patrol torpedo boat "PT-314".   Captain Michaels purchased the vessel in 1961 and converted her for party boat fishing.   She started fishing from Sheepshead Bay in 1962 and was the third vessel to bear the "AMERICA" name.   When she was sold in 1990 and became the "SEA STAR" from Sheepshead Bay, one of the oldest names in Sheepshead Bay came to an end (the "AMERICA" name dated back to 1914.)   She last sailed as the "SENECA DREAMER" and fished on the Great Lakes until she was dismantled in 1996.  ATOMIC III / TRAVELER, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  During the winter of 1980, Captain Joe Miller's "ATOMIC II" was under contract with Texaco and was operating as a standby vessel at one of their oil rigs off the coast of New Jersey.   During this time an agreement between Captain Joe Miller and Captain Gerry Nappi resulted in Captain Gerry's "TRAVELER" sailing the "ATOMIC II"s schedule, departing at 9 AM from Captain Joe's berth at Sheepshead Bay.   Hence the boat with two names!  Once the contract with Texaco ended, the "ATOMIC II" returned to Sheepshead Bay.   In the spring of 1981, Captain Nappi sold the "TRAVELER" to Penny Joseph and she became the "CAPT. BOB JOSEPH" from Captree, NY.   In 1983, she was purchased by Captain Joe Miller and she returned to Sheepshead Bay as the "ATOMIC III".   The boat later sailed as the "BETTY W" from Sheepshead Bay and operated by Captain Al Coley.   She then returned to Captree, NY as Captain Patrick Gillen's "CAPT. GILLEN III" and later sailed as Captain Charlie Buser's "CAPTREE STAR II".   She is currently sailing as Captain Des O'Sullivan's "CELTIC QUEST IV" from Port Jefferson, NY.  BROOKLYN V, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  Captain Bob Sapanara's "BROOKLYN V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1980.   Her construction began in 1977 at AlumaShip Corp., Jeanerette, LA, but due to financial difficulties, the shipyard was unable to finish construction.   The unfinished hull was then transported to Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA where she was completed and delivered to Captain Bob Sapanara later in 1977.   She was one of the fastest party boats in the region and later sailed from Sheepshead Bay as Captain Kevin Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B VIII" and then from Calabash, NC as Captain Larry Horowitz's "SUPER VOYAGER II".   The vessel is now sailing as the "DOLPHIN EXPRESS" from Port Aransas, TX.  CAPT. GILLEN, Captree, NY – 1980  Captain John Gillen's orginal "CAPT. GILLEN" from Captree, NY circa July, 1980.   The "CAPT. GILLEN" was built in 1959 at Rice Marine, Reedville, VA and sailed in the Captree fleet from 1959 to 1992.   She was later sold and relocated to Florida and sailed as the "SOUTHERN STAR".   She is currently sailing as the "AMERICAN STAR", Sandestin, FL.   Photo courtesy of Jim and Patrick Gillen.  CAPT. JOE II, Belmar, NJ – 1980  The "CAPT. JOE II" is seen here drift fishing off the Jersey Shore in 1980.   She was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boatworks at Harkers Island, NC.   Captain Joe Vassallo and his son Captain Mickey Vassallo skippered the "CAPT. JOE II".   Captain Mickey was the first captain in the New Jersey/New York party boat fleet to introduce winter "Magic Hours" fishing (4:00 PM to 9:00 PM) for Whiting (Silver Hake).   The boat later sailed as the "VIKING KING", the "STARFISH", the "SEAHORSE", and is presently sailing as Captain Eddie Shaw's "CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Vassallo family. : 2016, Mel Deak, Mike Daniewicz, Mike's Maritime Memorabilia, People 
PARAMOUNT II, Brielle, NJ – 1980  The "PARAMOUNT II" departing Manasquan Inlet for an afternoon half-day Fluke fishing trip during the summer of 1980.   At 118 feet in length, she boasted as being the 'World's Largest Half-Day Boat' at the time.   The "PARAMOUNT II" later became the private charter boat in the Bogan family's fleet and was renamed the "ATLANTIS".   She is still operating from Bogan's Basin as the charter boat "JAMAICA STAR".   Photo courtesy of Bill Horan.  STARFISH, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1980  Captain Charles Shaffer's "STARFISH" from Sea Isle City, NJ circa 1980.   She was built in 1980 by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL and is shown here on her sea trials in Florida.   The "STARFISH" was 71 feet in length and was powered by two turbocharged 8-cylinder Detroit Diesels.   She later sailed as the "CASINO CHALLENGER" and is presently sailing from Delaware as the "THELMA DALE IV".   Photo Courtesy of Captain Jack Bogan.  TRAVELER and BLUE SEA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  The "TRAVELER" and "BLUE SEA III" along Pier 8 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1980.   Yank Boat Works at Tuckahoe, NJ built the "TRAVELER" in 1978 for Captain Gerry Nappi.   She later sailed as the "CAPT. BOB JOSEPH", the "ATOMIC III", the "BETTY W", the "CAPT. GILLEN III", and the "CAPTREE STAR II" and is presently sailing as the "CELTIC QUEST IV" from Port Jefferson, NY.  Captain Nick Cannisi's "BLUE SEA III" was built in 1966 by Covacevich Shipyard at Biloxi, MS as the "GULF CLIPPER".   She arrived at Sheepshead Bay in 1976 and sailed as the "BLUE SEA III" until 1987.   Captain Tommy Marconi later purchased the boat and she became one of his many vessels named "PILOT II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Gerry Nappi.  WHITE EAGLE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  The "WHITE EAGLE II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1980.   Built in 1933 by Ernest Fiedler, she is one of the few 'skipjack style' party boats he built.   She was originally operated by Captain Connie Rank and sailed from Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY.   She was later sold to Captain John Rutter and sailed from Howard Beach, NY.   She returned to Sheepshead Bay in 1977.  WHITE STAR III, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1980  East Bay Boat Works built the "WHITE STAR III"  in 1978 at Harkers Island, North Carolina for Captain Ray Ettel, who operated her from Barnegat Light, NJ.   In 1987, Captain Ettel sold the "WHITE STAR III" and she became Captain Ray Burke's "OPTIMIST STAR" from Belmar, NJ.  Later sold and relocated to the west coast, she sailed as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA.   She is presently sailing as the whale watcher "PACIFIC EXPLORER" from Monterey, CA. 
AMBERJACK V, Brooklyn, NY – 1981  Captain Jim and Fred Ardolino's "AMBERJACK V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1981.   Built in 1978 by Putnum Shipbuilding at Palatka, FL, she was designed to compete with the other 'Super Cruisers' of the era, and had a length of 120 feet, a 28-foot beam and was powered by three GM V12 turbo-diesel engines.   With diminishing fisheries, reduced angler participation and high operating expenses, she soon became obsolete and as a result, she made her last fishing trip on January 17, 1988.     The Ardolino family decided to convert her into a dinner cruise vessel and she was the pioneer of that industry at Sheepshead Bay.   The only fish now found aboard the "AMBERJACK V" are on the passenger's dinner plates and she continues to cruise New York Harbor.  ATOMIC II, Brooklyn, NY – 1981  Captain Joe Miller’s "ATOMIC II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1981.   She was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA as the "TAMPA V" (also from Sheepshead Bay) and was the fastest party boat in the area at the time.   After spending several years as a whale watching tour boat named the "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood, NJ, she returned to party boat fishing as the "GULF STREAM" in North Carolina and later became "MISS BELMAR PRINCESS" from Belmar, NJ.  STARLIGHT, Wildwood, NJ – 1981  Captain Jim Ciechetti's "STARLIGHT" sailing from Blake's Dock, Wildwood, NJ circa 1981.   She was built in 1980 at Ft. Lauderdale, FL by a small boatyard owned by the Joseph family of Captree, NY.   This boat is similar to the aluminum "CAPT. JOSEPH" (referred to by many as the "Star Wars Boat") also built by the Joseph family.   She was later purchased by Captains Michael and Bob Elsey and sailed as their "NIGHT HAWK" from Belmar, NJ.  BIG JIM, Cape May, NJ – 1982  The "BIG JIM" from Cape May, NJ with Captain A.J. Dulinski circa 1982.   This aluminum vessel was built in 1978 at Yank Boat Works, Tuckahoe, NJ.   She later sailed as Captain Dom Vitolo's "SKIPPER" from Belmar, NJ, and is now sailing as Captain Bobby Quinn's "OCEAN EXPLORER" from Belmar, NJ.  BLUE SEA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1982  Captain Nick Cannisi's "BLUE SEA III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   Covacevich Shipyard at Biloxi, MS built her in 1966.   She came to Sheepshead Bay in 1976 and sailed as the "BLUE SEA III" until 1987, when she was purchased by Captain Tommy Marconi and became one of his many vessels named "PILOT II". 
BUCCANEER, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1982  Captain Jeff Stewart's "BUCCANEER" sailed from Sinn's Dock at Wildwood Crest, NJ.   She was built in 1944 at Upper Nyack, NY as the US Navy Patrol Boat "P-444".   Sold as surplus to Captain George Sinn, the boat sailed as his "BIG FLAMINGO" and later as his sightseeing vessel "PT-109" before becoming the "BUCCANEER" in 1982.  She is still in service and is presently sailing from Greenport, NY as Captain Dave Brennan's "PECONIC STAR II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Jeff Stewart Jr.  HOLIDAY II, Brooklyn, NY – 1982  The "HOLIDAY II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   Built in 1944 at St. Joseph, MI as the US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Vessel "Q-577", she was converted to a party boat and first sailed as Captain Walter Wiegand's "FLAMINGO II" from Sheepshead Bay.   She would later become the "SUNSHINE" and then as the "HOLIDAY II".   She finished her party boat career sailing as the "CAPT. GEORGE" from Sheepshead Bay.  RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1982  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   She was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as Captain Ed Sellinger's "MISS REGNILLES II" and first sailed from Point Pleasant, New Jersey.   She later relocated to Captree, NY as the "SPEEDY VII".   After sailing as the "RANGER", she sailed as the "MISS SEA ISLE II", the "CHALLENGER", and as the "CAPT. COLLET" from Atlantic City, NJ.   She finally relocated to Florida and was condemned in 2009.  TUNA II, Brooklyn, NY  – 1982  The "TUNA II" was built in 1931 at Brooklyn, NY as the "CATHERINE M", and was one of the last 'old time' charter boats to sail from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   The "TUNA II" was operated by Emil Eifert and Elie Cantor and she was dismantled in 1995.   Photo courtesy of John Cairns.  WHITE STAR III, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1982  Captain Ray Ettel's "WHITE STAR III" on a diving charter off the New Jersey coast circa 1982.   Yes, that's Captain Ray on the top deck keeping a watchful eye on the goings on.   Built in 1978 at East Bay Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC, the "WHITE STAR III" sailed from Barnegat Light, NJ and later sailed as Captain Ray Burke's "OPTIMIST STAR", from Belmar, NJ.   Like many other vessels built by the Gillikin family during this era, she is proudly displaying her fine mahogany woodwork.   She now sails as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA.   Photo courtesy of Captain Ray Ettel.