PILOT 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.