1CAPT. MIKE II, Howard Beach, NY – 1985 This photo of the "CAPT. MIKE II" was taken in 1985 from a New York Daily News helicopter. The "CAPTAIN MIKE II" was owned and operated by Captain Mike Abbaticchio. She was built in 1944 at Bristol, RI as the US Navy Air-Sea Rescue vessel "C-77463". She previously sailed as Captain Frank Palsgraf's "YANKEE" from Sheepshead Bay and then as the "RAIDER". She later returned to Sheepshead Bay and sailed as the "RAINBOW". Photo courtesy of Captain Mike Abbaticchio.
2FISHERMEN, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1985 With pennants flying, a brand new "FISHERMEN" arrives at Atlantic Highlands Marina in 1985 after a journey up the coast from Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL where she was built. The "FISHERMEN" still sails from Atlantic Highlands today and is an example of the family operated small business that adds so much to the local community. Photo courtesy of Captain Ron Santee Jr.
3LARK III, Brooklyn, NY – 1985 The "LARK III" from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY and operated by Captain George Koch circa 1985. She was built in 1980 by Yank Boat Works at Tuckahoe, NJ and is currently sailing as the "SEA SPIRIT II" from Ponce Inlet, FL.
4PILOT II, Brooklyn, NY – 1985 Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1983. She was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as Captain Stanley Joseph's "CAPT. JOSEPH II". She was originally powered by four GM 6-71 diesel engines turning three propellers (two engines were connected in tandem to the center propeller shaft), and was later modified to operate with three engines. During her tenure at Sheepshead Bay, she was considered THE Blackfish party boat.
This photo was taken on March 5, 1985 by Sheepshead Bay photographer Harry Ostrow as the PILOT II returned from her annual trip to the shipyard. Sadly, there was an electrical fire during a Flounder fishing trip on the very next day and the "PILOT II" burned to the waterline and was beached at Sandy Hook. As a result, this is the very last photo taken of this boat.
5SEA PIGEON III, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1985 The "SEA PIGEON III" returning to it's berth in Perth Amboy, NJ after a day of Raritan Bay fluke fishing in 1985.
6SUNSHINE III, Brooklyn, NY – 1985 The "SUNSHINE III" was built in 1959 at Scott McBurney's Boat Yard, Brooklyn, NY as Captain Ken Wright’s "BETTY W II". Captain Wright's First Mate, Al Coley, later purchased the boat and business and continued to operate this vessel from Sheepshead Bay until he replaced her with the "BETTY W III" in 1984. She then became the "SUNSHINE III" and in 1987, she went aground off Rockaway Beach, NY and was later dismantled.
7CAPTAIN MIKE III, Howard Beach, NY – 1986 Captain Mike Abbaticcio's "CAPT. MIKE" from Howard Beach, NY circa 1986. She was built in 1963 and formerly sailed as Captain Mike Dannon's "CAPT. DOUG II" from Freeport, NY. Captain Mike Abbaticcio later sold her to Captain Tony Maio who renamed her "MISS FREEPORT". She was sold once again and remodeled and is presently sailing as the "SPECTRUM" from Captree, NY. Photo courtesy of John Abbaticchio.
8CAPT. RICHIE, Captree, NY – 1986 Captain Richie Westerlind’s "CAPT. RICHIE" from Captree, NY circa 1986. She was one of several beautiful Gillikin party boats owned by the Westerlind Family. Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC and she originally sailed as the "CAPT. GEORGE". Later sold and renamed the "DULCINEA", she is currently operating as a launch for a yacht club in Boardman, OR. Photo courtesy of Lee Westerlind.
9FRIENDSHIP III, Brooklyn, NY – 1986 Captain Mark Brent's FRIENDSHIP III from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1986. She was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA and originally sailed as the "CAPT. APPLEGATE" from Atlantic City, NJ. Captain Brent sailed her from Sheepshead Bay for a few years and later relocated with the vessel to Massachusetts where he began a new venture doing whale watching tours. She later returned to her party boat status when she became the "MOHAWK EXPLORER" from Belmar, NJ. She again changed owners and names when she became Captain Bob Elsey's "NIGHT HAWK" from Belmar, NJ. Alas, she was sold in 2005 and relocated to Monterey, CA, where she is again running whale watching tours as the "MONTEREY PRINCESS".
10MARY IV, Brooklyn, NY – 1986 Captain Murphy Cannisi's "MARY IV" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1986. The "MARY IV" was a converted WW II Air-Sea Rescue Boat. She previously sailed from Sheepshead Bay as Captain Dominic Palermo's "CAPT. DOM".
11MISS BELMAR II, Belmar, NJ – 1986 The "MISS BELMAR II" from Belmar, NJ circa 1986. She was built in 1978 by Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL as Captain Pete Pearson's "KLONDIKE VII" from New Rochelle, NY and later sailed for many years as the "FREDDY C" from Leonardo, NJ. She is now sailing as the "CAPTREE STAR III" from Captree, NY.
12OL SALTY II, Belmar, NJ – 1986 Captain Barry 'Mojo' Goldman's "OL SALTY II" from Belmar, NJ circa 1986. She specialized in offshore tuna fishing.
13RAINBOW, Brooklyn, NY – 1986 Captain Phil Spadaro's "RAINBOW" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1986. She was a converted World War II 63-foot air/sea rescue boat built for the US Navy in 1944 at Bristol, RI as the "AVR-C-77463"; three GM 6-71 diesels supplied the power. Before becoming the "RAINBOW", she originally sailed from Sheepshead Bay as the "YANKEE" and then as the "RAIDER"; she later sailed as Captain Mike Abbaticchio's "CAPT. MIKE". Photo Courtesy of Steve Kawalek.
14SEA PIGEON, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1986 Captain Marty Haines' "SEA PIGEON" from Perth Amboy, NJ circa 1986. The "SEA PIGEON" was built in 1961 at Stevenson Boat Works, Staten Island, NY and specialized in Raritan Bay Fluke and Flounder fishing. In 1986, Captain Haines replaced her with the "SEA PIGEON IV" (Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay, NY.) Later in 1986, the "SEA PIGEON" was sold to Captain Al Hilliard and became the party boat "PROWLER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. In 1990, the "PROWLER" relocated to Oregon where she sailed as the "WINDWALKER". She foundered during a storm in 1992 and was a total loss.
15SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1986 Captain John Bogan's Lydia-built "SHAMROCK" during her annual haulout in March 1986. Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
16ATOMIC, 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.
17CAPT. 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.
18MISTY 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.
19OPTIMIST 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.
20ZEPHYR 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.
21MISTY 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.
22SATELLITE, 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.
23SEA 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!"
24STARSTREAM 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.
25SUPER 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.
26BLUE 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.
27DAUNTLESS, 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.
28DEEP 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.
29GRACE, 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.
30HAPPY, 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.