PALACE II, Jersey City, NJ – 1991  The "PALACE II" from Jersey City, NJ at anchor in the spring of 1991 while flounder fishing in Raritan Bay, NJ.   The "PALACE II" sailed from Hoboken, NJ for most of her fishing career, but Jersey City, NJ was her homeport during her last few years of fishing (and when this picture was taken.)   Along with good fishing, the "PALACE II" used to host some wild card games while traveling to the grounds.  A converted 110'  World War II US Navy SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser ("SC-1057"), she was built in 1942 at Gulf Marine Ways, Inc., Galveston, TX.   One of the last accomplishments of her military career came on June 6, 1945 when she rescued all 66 survivors of the freighter "AYURUOCA" soon after the vessel sank off the New Jersey coast.   (Local fishermen know the "AYURUOCA" as the 'Oil Wreck'.)  Sold in the mid-1990s after her fishing career was over, she wound up back in Galveston, TX as the "BONNIE LEE".   She was sold again in 1997 and moved to Crystal River, FL.   Her owners had plans to eventually restore her, but couldn’t raise enough money.   She partially sank while at anchor, was declared a hazard to navigation and demolished.   P.S. - The original "PALACE" was a luxury yacht purchased from Louis Castellano by Captain Baletti's sons during the Great Depression.   How did it get its name?   Mr. Castellano gave her the name "PALACE" since he compared the yacht to a palace when he boarded her for the first time.  PARAMOUNT, Brielle, NJ – 1991  Captain Dave Bogan's "PARAMOUNT" from Brielle, NJ circa 1991.   Built by Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY in 1975, she specializes in 'Mud Hole' bottom fishing.  PROWLER, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1991  Captain Al Hilliard's "PROWLER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1991.  Captain Hilliard bought this boat from Captain Marty Haines in 1986 (she was originally the "SEA PIGEON III" from Perth Amboy, NJ.)   The Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the background spans the Hudson River Narrows between Brooklyn, NY and Staten Island, NY.  SEA STAR, Brooklyn, NY – 1991  The "SEA STAR" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1991.   She was formerly named the "AMERICA".  SKIPPER, Belmar, NJ – 1991  The "SKIPPER" from Belmar, NJ circa 1991 with Captain Dom Vitolo Sr.   The "SKIPPER" was formerly Captain Bob Sidorski's "SATELLITE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ and is currently sailing as the "ROYAL FLUSH" from Wildwood, NJ.   She was built in 1977 by Will's Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC. : Belmar 
TARYN-ANN, Captree, NY – 1991  The "TARYN-ANN" from Captree, NY circa 1991 and skippered by Captain Ken Birkmire.   She is shown returning from a half-day Fluke trip during the summer.   She was built in 1964 at Bena, VA as the "SEA ROVER", and later sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as the "HELEN H II".  BIG FLAMINGO, Cape May, NJ – 1992  The whale watch vessel "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood, NJ circa 1992.   She was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft, Inc. at Patterson, LA as Captain Victor and "Rocky" Becker's "TAMPA V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She was later sold to Captain Joe Miller and sailed as his "ATOMIC II" from that same port.   After becoming the "BIG FLAMINGO", she later sailed as the "GULF STREAM" and is now sailing as the "MISS BELMAR PRINCESS".  BIG MARIE-S II, Belmar, NJ – 1992  The "BIG MARIE-S II" from Belmar, NJ and skippered by Captain Hank Koch circa 1992.   She was built by Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL in 1981 as the "CAPTAINS LADY II".   In the spring of 2005, she became Captain Hal Hagaman's "SEA TIGER II" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. : Belmar  CAPT. CAL, Belmar, NJ – 1992  The "CAPT. CAL" from Belmar, NJ and skippered by Captain Brock Dalton shown drifting for Fluke in July 1992.   She was built in 1961 by Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ as the "ALBATROSS" and originally sailed from Barnegat Light, NJ. : Belmar  CAPT. KERN, Belmar, NJ – 1992  Captain Fred Kern's "CAPT. KERN" from Belmar, NJ circa 1992.   This aluminum vessel was built in 1987 by Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA.   She is now the "SUPER HAWK" and sails from Point Lookout, NY. : Belmar 
CAPT. ROD, Captree, NY – 1992  The "CAPT. ROD" from Captree, NY and skippered by Captain George Bartenback circa 1992.   She was built in 1968 by Harkers Island Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and is still as beautiful as the day she was launched.  CAPTAIN JOHN, Keyport, NJ – 1992  The "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ skippered by Captains John Connell Sr. and Jr. circa 1992.   She was built in 1962 by Deebold Boatworks, Atlantic City, NJ as the "BIG-DAY" and later sailed as Captain Hank Leonard's "LENNY" from Belmar, NJ before becoming the "CAPTAIN JOHN".  The boat last sailed as Captains Joe and Bruce Cash's "PORT JEFF ACE" from Port Jefferson, NY until it was demolished in December 2009.  DOROTHY B VII, Brooklyn, NY – 1992  Captain Kevin Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B VII" anchoring up by Rockaway Inlet, NY while Flounder fishing in the spring of 1992.   The "DOROTHY B VII" sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She was built in 1971 by Outer Banks Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "CAPT. JOSEPH" and is now the "CAPTAIN EDDIE B III" sailing from Captree, NY.  GAMBLER, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1992  Captain Bobby Bogan's "GAMBLER" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1992.   Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL built her in 1976.   Unlike most Lydia vessels of her era, she has no pulpit.   She specialized in ocean Fluke fishing during the summer months.   She was sold in the spring of 2005 and is now sailing as Captain Paul Thompson's "PORGY IV" from Cape May, NJ.  HELEN H, Brooklyn, NY – 1992  The "HELEN H" with Captain Joe Huckemeyer from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She is on her way to the 1992 July 4th festivities in New York Harbor.   Built by Derecktor Shipyards, Mamaroneck, NY in 1975, the aluminum-hulled "HELEN H" now sails from Hyannis, MA and her specialty is Cod fishing at Georges Bank. 
JAMAICA II, Brielle, NJ – 1992  Captain Joe Bogan's "JAMAICA II" from Brielle, NJ on her way for a day of Fluke fishing in 1992.   This steel vessel was built by Blount Shipyard, Warren, RI in 1962 and was originally named the "PARAMOUNT".  KLONDIKE IX, New Rochelle, NY – 1992  Captain Pete Pearson's "KLONDIKE IX" from New Rochelle, NY circa 1992.   She was built in 1989, and at 110 feet, she is the biggest party boat built by Lydia Yachts, Stuart, FL.  MI-JO, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1992  The "MI-JO" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1992.   Shown here on the blocks for the winter at the Belford Marine Railway, Belford, NJ.  MISS BABYLON, Captree, NY – 1992  The "MISS BABYLON" from Captree, NY and operated by Captain Ralph Green circa 1992.   Built in 1959 at Deltaville, VA as the "TREBOR V" from Miami, FL, she later sailed as Captains Carl and Paul Forsberg's "VIKING STARLITE" from Montauk, NY before becoming the "MISS BABYLON".   The "VIKING STARLITE" was the first vessel to bring recreational divers to the wreck of the passenger liner "ANDREA DORIA".  MISS TAKE II, Highlands, NJ – 1992  The "MISS TAKE II" from Highlands, NJ circa 1992.   She was operated by the father and son team of Captains Whitey and Jimmy Morenz and was built in 1962 by Price Boat Yard, Deltaville, VA.   The "MISS TAKE II" specialized in jigging Bluefish, Weakfish and Stripers.   Powered by a single GM 8-71 diesel, she spun an oversized five blade propeller, which created her trademark rooster-tail wake.   She later became the "CAPT. BOB IV" from Mattituck, NY. 
ATLANTIC STAR, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1993  Captain Tom Buban's "ATLANTIC STAR" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1993.   She was built by Deebold Boatworks, Atlantic City, NJ in 1962 as Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" and originally sailed from Point Pleasant, NJ.  BIG FLAMINGO II, Wildwood, NJ – 1993  The "BIG FLAMINGO II" from Wildwood, NJ circa 1993.   Earlier in her fishing career, she was Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.  CAPT. BILL, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1993  The "CAPT. BILL" from Barnegat Light, NJ circa 1993.   She was built 1964 at Barnegat, NJ as the "OLE BARNEY".  CAPT. DOUG, Freeport, NY – 1993  The "CAPT. DOUG" from Freeport, NY circa 1993.   Built in 1971 by Outer Banks Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "CAPT. JOSEPH V" and then became Captain Tommy Paladino's "ELSIE K III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY before becoming the "CAPT. DOUG".   She was sold in 2004 and is now sailing as the "MISS FREEPORT V" from Freeport, NY.  CATHERINE II, Belmar, NJ – 1993  The "CATHERINE II" was built 1988 by Panhandle Custom Marine for Captain Bob Garafano.   During her tenure at Belmar, NJ, she was the largest charter boat in the fleet.   She was later sold and relocated to the state of Georgia where she is presently sailing as the ferry boat "CUMBERLAND LADY" and operates between St. Marys and Cumberland Island. : Belmar 
COCK ROBIN, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1993  The "COCK ROBIN" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1993.   Built in 1975, she is another of the early party boats built by Lydia Yachts,  Stuart, FL.  ELIZABETH S, Brooklyn, NY – 1993  The "ELIZABETH S" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1993.   She was built in 1960 by AC Boatworks, Atlantic City, NJ as the "CAPTAIN APPLEGATE".   She was once Captain Kevin Black's "RELIABLE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  FISHTALE, Captree, NY – 1993  The "FISHTALE" from Captree, NY circa 1993.   She was built in 1969 by Stevenson Boat Works, Staten Island, NY as the "SEA MIST" from Sheepshead Bay.   She was renamed two times before becoming the "FISHTALE" (as Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant, NJ and as Captain Ron Santee's "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.)  LOIS ANN, Captree, NY – 1993  Captain Dennis Frederick's "LOIS ANN" sailing from Captree, NY circa 1993.   She was built in1956 by Fred Ericson at Dunedin, FL as the "YANKEE II".   She later sailed as the "CAPT. CLARK II" and the "PLAYIN HOOKY".   She last sailed as Captain Dennis Vilsmas' "ISLAND STAR" from Green Port, NY before sinking at her berth in 2005.   She was later dismantled.  MISS CAPTREE, Captree, NY – 1993  The party boat "MISS CAPTREE" from Captree, NY circa 1993.   She was owned and operated by Captain Carl Passero from 1983 through 1997.   Built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "CAPT. BEN LITWIN", she later became the "JAMES JOSEPH" and then became Captain James Hubert's "JR. EXPRESS".   The boat is presently sailing as Captain Nick Manzari's "BAY PRINCESS" from Captree, NY.