1SEA 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.
2SEA 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.
3SEA 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.
4EAGLE, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1991 The "EAGLE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1991. She was formerly the "MISS MANDY" from Elizabeth, NJ.
5ELSIE 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".
6GOLDEN 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.
7LADY ELISE, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1991 A rare photo of Captain Bob Pennington's "LADY ELISE" circa 1991. Captain Bob had this vessel built by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL in 1977 as his "SEA DEVIL". In 1990 he had Lydia Yachts build a larger "SEA DEVIL" as a replacement. When the new boat was launched, and in an effort not to own two boats with the same name, Captain Bob renamed the old boat as the "LADY ELISE" in honor of his daughter. Soon after this photo was taken the "LADY ELISE" was sold and became the "QUEEN MARY" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The "QUEEN MARY" was sold in 2017 and will start fishing in 2018 as Captain Chris Whitton's "LADY K" from Onset, MA. The photo is courtesy of Captain Bob Pennington.
8LADY 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.
9NIGHT 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".
10PALACE 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.
11PARAMOUNT, 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.
12PROWLER, 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.
13SEA STAR, Brooklyn, NY – 1991 The "SEA STAR" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1991. She was formerly named the "AMERICA".
14SKIPPER, 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.
15TARYN-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".
16BIG 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".
17BIG 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.
18CAPT. 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.
19CAPT. 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.
20CAPT. 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.
21CAPTAIN 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.
22DOROTHY 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.
23GAMBLER, 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.
24HELEN 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.
25JAMAICA 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".
26KLONDIKE 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.
27MI-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.
28MISS 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".
29MISS 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.
30OPTIMIST SHOOTING STAR, Belmar, NJ – 1992 The "OPTIMIST SHOOTING STAR" departs Belmar Marine Basin in July of 1992. At the time she was owned and operated by Captain Ray Burke.
The boat was built in 1980 as the "CAPT. JOSEPH" at Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Due to her unique and modern design, the "CAPT. JOSEPH" was referred to as the 'Star Wars' boat when she debuted at Captree, NY in 1981. Powered by three turbocharged GM 12-92 engines, she was very fast, but her fuel consumption was considerable. She was later leased and operated as a commuter vessel between Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.
She returned to party boat fishing in 1986 when she was purchased by Captain Al Coley and began sailing as his "BETTY W IV" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. The boat then sailed as the "OPTIMIST SHOOTING STAR" from Belmar, NJ and after that, she returned to Sheepshead Bay where she sailed as the "SUNSHINE". She is presently sailing as the passenger ferry "PIED PIPER" offering service between Falmouth, MA and Martha's Vineyard.