1ATOMIC, Brooklyn NY – 1987 The last "ATOMIC" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1987. This vessel was very different from some of her predecessors to bear the "ATOMIC" name on Emmons Avenue. This vessel was built in 1945 as the US Navy PT-705. She was converted to a party fishing boat and first sailed as the "GONE WITH THE WIND" from Ocean City, NJ. She later sailed from Johnny's Dock in Point Pleasant, NJ as Captain John DeRose's "WANDERER". After moving to Sheepshead Bay and sailing as the "APACHE IV", she finally became the "ATOMIC". This may be one of the last photos ever taken of her before she was dismantled in 1988. Photo courtesy of John Cairns.
2CAPT. ROBBINS, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1987 The "CAPT. ROBBINS" from Sea Isle City, NJ and skippered by Captain Neil Robbins circa 1987. She was built in 1973 by East Bay Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC.
3MISTY MORN, South Amboy, NJ – 1987 Captain Gary Bouchard's "MISTY MORN" from South Amboy, NJ circa 1987. She is seen waiting for the train bridge over Cheesequake Creek to open as she departs for a day of Fluke fishing on Raritan Bay. The boat was built in 1954 by the Price Boat Yard at Deltaville, VA as the original "MISS BARNEGAT LIGHT". She later sailed as the "LADY MARCIA ANNE" before becoming the "MISTY MORN" in 1986. She was replaced in 1993 by an Arro Yachts boat and moved to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn where she sailed as the "HOLIDAY". She has since been dismantled.
4OPTIMIST STAR, Belmar, NJ – 1987 The "OPTIMIST STAR" from Belmar, NJ circa 1987. She was built in 1978 by Vance Gillikin at East Bay Boat Works as Captain Ray Ettel's "WHITE STAR III". She is now sailing as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
5ZEPHYR V, Brooklyn, NY – 1987 Captain 'Butch' Rafi's "ZEPHYR V" on her trial run in Louisiana in 1987. What a beauty! She was built by Breaux Bros. in Loreauville, LA and sailed from Pier 1 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY until 1994. The vessel is now sailing as the passenger ferry "ADVENTURE" from the Indigo Plantation Marina at Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Captain 'Butch' Rafi.
6MISTY MORN, South Amboy, NJ – 1988 Captain Gary Bouchard's "MISTY MORN" from South Amboy, NJ circa 1988. She is shown returning home to Cheesequake Creek after a day of fishing on Raritan Bay. She was the original "MISS BARNEGAT LIGHT" before becoming the "MISTY MORN". Captain Gary passed away in 2009 and his sons Captains Sean, Phil and Mike continue to operate the family business.
7SATELLITE, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1988 Captain Bob Sidorski's "SATELLITE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1988. Built 1977 by Will's Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as "CAROLINA PRINCESS", she was powered by two V-12 GM Detroit Diesel engines. When built, her wheelhouse was located on the forward deck, but Captain Ray remodeled her and placed the wheelhouse topside. She later became Captain Dom Vitolo's "SKIPPER" from Belmar, NJ and is currently sailing as the "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood, NJ.
8SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1989 The "SEA PIGEON IV" from Perth Amboy, NJ out of the water for spring cleaning at the Belford Marine Railway, Belford, NJ in 1989. The boatyard’s motto was "No Cash, No Splash!"
9STARSTREAM II, Freeport, NY – 1989 The "STARSTREAM II" at the dock in Freeport, NY in 1989. Captain Richie Kessinger was at the helm and she was one of the better local codfishing boats in her day. She was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA. She later became the "MISS BELMAR" from Belmar, NJ for a short time and is now sailing as the "FLYING FISH" from Sarasota, FL.
10SUPER RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1989 Captain Mike Scarpati's "SUPER RANGER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY running 'hooked up' across Raritan Bay circa 1989. Built in 1988 by Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA, she was the last 'Super Cruiser' party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay. She was sold and is presently sailing as the whale watch vessel "PRIVATEER IV" from Gloucester, MA.
11BLUE WATER, Highlands, NJ – 1990 The "BLUE WATER" from Highlands, NJ circa 1990. She was built in 1937 by Ernest Fiedler as Captain Harry Phillips' "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
12DAUNTLESS, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1990 "DAUNTLESS" Point Pleasant, New Jersey 1987The "DAUNTLESS" from Broadway Basin, Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1990. She is skippered by Captains Bill Egerter Jr. and Bill Egerter III and was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA. Her specialty is bottom fishing and she sails year-round.
13DEEP ADVENTURES II, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1990 Captain John Larsen's "DEEP ADVENTURES II" from Point Pleasant circa 1990. Captain Larsen specialized in wreck fishing, sport diving and offshore tuna fishing. She later became the "NOLI EILEEN" from Huntington, NY.
14GRACE, Brooklyn, NY – 1990 Captain Joe La Gaipa's "GRACE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1990. Built in 1936, she was one of the oldest party boats in the Brooklyn fleet at the time. She is shown here bottom fishing off Norton's Point, Brooklyn during the fall.
15HAPPY, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1990 The "HAPPY" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ in 1990. The "HAPPY" was owned by Jim Farwell and skippered by Captain Tom Buban and is shown here Fluke fishing off 'Officer’s Row' at Sandy Hook, NJ. She was built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "BLUE HERON". She was renamed as the "SOUTHWIND" before becoming the "HAPPY" and afterwards became the "OCEAN EAGLE II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
16JAMAICA, Brielle, NJ – 1990 The "JAMAICA" from Bogan’s Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1990. Captains Howard Bogan Sr. and Jr. have operated the "JAMAICA" since she was first launched. Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY built this aluminum-hulled vessel in 1977. Since her maiden voyage, the 125-foot "JAMAICA" has been the largest party boat sailing from New Jersey.
17MISS POINT PLEASANT II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1990 Captain Ken Keller's "MISS POINT PLEASANT II" circa 1990. Built in 1957, she was one of the first 65-foot boats specifically built as a party boat in our area. In 1957, the half-day fare was $3.50 and the full day fare was a whopping $5.00. In 1958, Jack Endean was the captain and Ken Keller the mate, they first found the wreck of the "LILLIAN" and brought back a huge catch of Cod, Pollock, Ling, Blackfish and White Hake. The seven lucky anglers aboard her on that fateful day came back to port with the decks covered with Cod weighing up to 50 lbs. and Pollock up to 30 lbs.
18NORMA K II, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1990 The "NORMA K II" sailing from Ken's Landing, Point Pleasant, NJ in 1990. She was built in 1964 by Deebold Boatworks, Atlantic City, NJ.
19RANGER, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1990 Captain Jack Sweeney's "RANGER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1990. She was built in 1950 and first sailed as the "CAVALIER" from Perth Amboy, NJ. She was one of the last true 45-footers to sail in our waters (she was sold and is out of our area now.)
20SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1990 "SEA PIGEON IV" Off-Shore 1990The "SEA PIGEON IV" from Perth Amboy, NJ. Shown here coming home during a hard Nor'wester after tuna fishing at the 'Mud Hole' circa 1990.
21BOB JAC, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1991 Captain Bob Semkewyc's "BOB JAC" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1991. Built in 1946 at Bridgeton, NJ, she originally sailed as the "MARY JANE II" from Cape May, NJ.
22BUCKY, Elizabeth, NJ – 1991 Captain Mike Buban's "BUCKY" from Elizabeth, NJ in 1991. The "BUCKY" was built in 1948 by F. W. Smith Boatyard at Bena, VA for Captain Lavallette Buck and she originally sailed from Cape May, NJ. She operated as a party boat until 1997 and is now named the "PHILOMENA D" and sails in the Great Lakes.
23SEA DEVIL, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1989 Phew! This is hot work. A builder finishes the stern framing for Captain Bob Pennington's "SEA DEVIL" at Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL in July 1989. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
24SEA DEVIL, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1989 A few months later in October 1989, the builders at Lydia Yachts have sheathed the hull in plywood and the cabin is in place on Captain Bob Pennington's "SEA DEVIL". Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
25SEA DEVIL, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1990 By March 1990, the hull and cabin of Captain Bob Pennington's "SEA DEVIL" have been covered with fiberglass and painted by Lydia Yachts. She was launched later in 1990 and sails from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
26EAGLE, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1991 The "EAGLE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1991. She was formerly the "MISS MANDY" from Elizabeth, NJ.
27ELSIE K PRINCESS, Brooklyn, NY – 1991 The "ELSIE K PRINCESS" from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY circa 1991. She was built in 1988 by Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL for Captain Tommy Paladino. She is shown here bottom fishing at '17 Fathoms' grounds. She is currently sailing from Montauk, NY as Captain Ed Beneduci's "MARLIN VI PRINCESS".
28GOLDEN EAGLE, Belmar, NJ – 1991 Captain Hank Leonard's "GOLDEN EAGLE" from Belmar, NJ departing her slip at the Belmar Marina in 1991. This 100-foot vessel was built in 1986 by Lydia Yachts of Stuart Florida. Powered by two GM 12-92 turbodiesel engines, she was one of the faster party boats in the New Jersey party boat fleet. She was later sold to Captain Greg Markert, and later purchased by Captain Rich Falcone. She was recently repowered with a pair of John Deere engines and continues to sail from Belmar, NJ.
29LADY FRANCES, Galilee, RI – 1991 The framing of Captain Frank Blount's "LADY FRANCES" nears completion at Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL in 1991. The 105-foot "LADY FRACES" was one of the longest boats built at Lydia Yachts. She was launched in 1992 and sails from Galilee, RI.
30NIGHT HAWK, Belmar, NJ – 1991 Captains Michael and Bob Elsey's "NIGHT HAWK" from Belmar, NJ circa 1989. She was built in 1980 at Ft. Lauderdale, FL by a small boatyard owned by the Joseph family of Captree, NY. She first sailed from Wildwood, NJ as Captain Jim Ciechetti's "STARLIGHT".