1SEA QUEEN, Hyannis, MA – 1994 The "SEA QUEEN" from Hyannis, MA circa 1994. She was built in 1971 by Machine & Supply Co., Beaufort, NC as the "BLUE HERON IV". She later became Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
2SEA STAR, Cape May, NJ – 1994 The "SEA STAR II" was built in 1957 by Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ as the "JAMIACA" and sailed from Bogan's Basin at Brielle, New Jersey. She later sailed as the "DAUNTLESS" and then as Captain Francis Bogan's "ATLANTIS". After that, she was sold, remodeled and became the "SEA STAR II". She was last seen in 2007 tied to a pier at Barnegat Light, New Jersey and was in a rundown state. Her present fate is unknown.
3SPEEDY EXPRESS, Captree, NY – 1994 Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's party boat "SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY circa 1994. She was built in 1984 by Lydia Yachts as the "HURRICANE" and later sailed as the "MISS POINT LOOKOUT III". She is currently sailing as the "MISS AVALON" from Avalon, NJ.
4ST. ANTHONY, Captree, NY – 1994 The "ST. ANTHONY" from Captree, NY circa 1994. Launched in 1970 by Outer Banks Boatworks as the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV", she was renamed the "CAPT. JOSEPH II" and renamed again as the "ST. ANTHONY". She later became the "RANGER" and finally, the "CAP'N ANDY II". This boat was the first one launched by Outer Banks and at 85 feet, she is also one of the larger party boats built by James Gillikin.
5SUPER RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1994 Captain Mike Scarpati's "SUPER RANGER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1994. Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA built her in 1988 and she is currently sailing as the whale watch vessel "PRIVATEER IV" from Gloucester, MA. Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
6AMERICAN EAGLE, Belmar, NJ – 1995 The "AMERICAN EAGLE" was another of the party fishing boats built by Deebold Boat Works at Atlantic City, NJ. Deebold boats were typically very heavy, but a pair of GM 12-71 diesel engines made the "AMERICAN EAGLE" a speedy boat. Launched in 1965 as the "JO ANN IV", she sailed from Bahr's Landing at Highlands, NJ. She then sailed as the "BIG-MARIE-S" from Belmar, NJ before becoming Captain Hank Leonard's AMERICAN EAGLE. Captain Leonard later sold the vessel to Mark Campbell, who continued to operate her from Belmar, NJ as a charter boat.
On February 29, 2004, the "AMERICAN EAGLE" entered Manasquan Inlet and lost her steering. She struck the jetty inside the inlet and began taking on water. She was towed to shallow water where she later sank; the vessel was dismantled a few days later. Photo courtesy of Captain Greg Markert.
7APACHE V, Brooklyn, NY – 1995 The "APACHE V" at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1995. The "APACHE V" was built in 1969 by Covacevich Shipyards at Biloxi, Mississippi. She was sold in 1996 and totally renovated into the luxury cruise yacht "EASTERN STAR". She now sails from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan and cruises New York Harbor and the surrounding waters.
8CAPT. WHITTAKER, Captree, NY – 1995 The "CAPT. WHITTAKER" from Captree, New York circa 1995. She is another old, but very well maintained, party boat. She was built in 1957 by Gillikin Brothers Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and she has dry exhaust stacks (not normally found on Gillikin party boats.)
9CAPTAIN AL, Point Lookout, NY – 1995 The steel-hulled "CAPTAIN AL" from Point Lookout, NY and skippered by Captain Al Lindroth circa 1995. She is affectionately known as the "Green Banana". One of the best local codfishing boats (and arguably one of the wettest.) She was built at the New Bern Shipyards, New Bern, NC in 1965.
10MISS BARNEGAT LIGHT, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1972 The steel-hulled "MISS BARNEGAT LIGHT" sailing from Barnegat Light, NJ circa 1972 and skippered by Captain John Larson. The same boat builder also made the "CAPTAIN AL". (Yes, they look very similar – New Bern Shipyards only built two party boats, the rest of their creations were commercial dragger boats and ferries.) In 1974, Captain Larson converted her into a commercial 'longliner' fishing boat and renamed her as the "LORI L" and still owns her today.
11CAPTREE QUEEN II, Captree, NY – 1995 The "CAPTREE QUEEN II" was built in 1979 by Yank Boatworks at Tuckahoe, NJ. She has since been sold and relocated to the west coast and sails from Anacortes, Washington as the whale watching vessel, "ISLAND EXPLORER II". Severely damaged on June 7, 2007 when she struck a submerged rock off the coast of Whidbey Island, WA, her current condition and fate is unknown.
12ISLAND PRINCESS, Captree, NY – 1995 The "ISLAND PRINCESS" from Captree, New York circa 1995. Built in 1962 by A.C. Boat Works at Atlantic City, NJ as the "CAPTAIN STARN III", she was sold in 1974 to Captains Tony 'Mo' Barbato and Dan Kenny who relocated her to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as their charter boat "BIG MOHAWK II". After that, she was sold to Captains Marty Tave and Gary Fagan and sailed from Belmar, NJ under the same "BIG MOHAWK II" name. She later joined the Captree, NY fleet as the "ISLAND PRINCESS". The vessel has since found her way back to Belmar, NJ, and is now sailing once again as the "BIG MOHAWK II" operated by Captain Chris Hueth.
13OUTLAW, Belmar, NJ – 1995 Captain Bob Nash’s "OUTLAW" from Belmar, NJ circa 1995. Hammarstrom Boat Yard, Waretown, NJ built her as Captain Arnold Boardman’s "YANKEE SWORD" in 1967. Captain Boardman later sold the boat to Captain Hank Leonard who also sailed her under the "YANKEE SWORD" name (from Belmar, NJ.)
14SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1995 Captain Marty Haines places the final coat on the guard just below the furniture grade mahogany woodwork on his "SEA PIGEON IV".
15SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1995 Yup! Captain Marty Haines' "SEA PIGEON IV" is a real beauty from stem to stern.
16SEA WOLF, Brooklyn, NY – 1995 Captain Ed Moraski's "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1995. Shown here anchored on the Sea Bright reef fishing for Porgies. Maybe you can spot the Twin Lights lighthouse at Sandy Hook, NJ in the far background. The "SEA WOLF" was once the "MISS MOORE" and sailed from Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.
17SKIPPER, Belmar, NJ – 1995 The original "SKIPPER" circa 1995. She was built by Captain John Zeigler on the banks of the Raritan River in New Brunswick, NJ in 1941 and she fished primarily for Blackfish. She was built with full–length planking that ran from the stem to the stern in one piece. The "SKIPPER" sailed from Belmar, NJ. She was siezed by the Navy during Wolrd War II and used as a coastal patrol boat (she was returned to Captain Zeigler at the end of the war.) Captain Dom Vitolo Sr. purchased her when Captain Zeigler retired and she became one of the premier Blackfish boats on the coast.
Captain John Connell then bought the boat and sailed her from Viking Marina, Staten Island, NY. Several years ago, the "SKIPPER" was purchased by Captain John Potter and now sails from Martha's Vineyard, MA (that's where this picture was taken.) After sailing for more than 70 years, she has earned the designation as the oldest party boat currently in operation.
18CAPT. EDDIE B III, Captree, NY – 1996 Captain Eddie Brincat's "CAPT. EDDIE B III" is one of several Gillikin-built party boats to have sailed from Captree, NY during the last three decades. Built in 1971 by Outer Banks Boatworks (a Gillikin-owned boatyard), she originally sailed as the "CAPT. JOSEPH". Later, Captain Kevin Bradshaw purchased the boat and she became his "DOROTHY B VII" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. After that, she became the "CAPT. EDDIE B III".
19DONNA B, Jersey City, NJ – 1996 The "DONNA B" from Jersey City, NJ fishing for Flounder in Raritan Bay, NJ in 1996. The "DONNA B" only fished for a couple of years in our area before becoming the "CAPTAIN CAL" from Belmar, NJ and then the "ONSET CHIEF" from New Bedford, MA. The boat recently returned to our local waters and is presently sailing as the "CAPT. MIKE" from Howard Beach, NY. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the background spans the Hudson River Narrows between Brooklyn, NY and Staten Island, NY.
20FISHERMEN, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1996 The "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1996. Lydia Yachts built the "FISHERMEN" in 1985 at Stuart, FL for Captains Ron Santee Sr. and Jr. This is the fifth Santee family vessel to carry the "FISHERMEN" name and sail from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. The "FISHERMEN" specializes in ¾-day fluke fishing during the summer months as well as evening trips for stripers, bluefish and weakfish.
21JET, Brooklyn, NY – 1996 The "JET" fishing for flounder in Raritan Bay, NJ during the spring of 1996. The "JET" was built in 1964 as Captain Ed Bunting's "SEA HORSE II" from Atlantic Highlands and later became Captain Wayne Westerlind’s "CAPT. WAYNE" from Captree, NY. Today, the "JET" sails from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and is operated by Captain Billie Doll. Captain Billie is in his mid-seventies and is the oldest active skipper in the neighborhood.
22JIB VII, Captree, NY – 1996 Captain Joseph Vandervelt's "JIB VII" from Captree, NY circa 1996. Yank Boatworks built the "JIB VII" in 1980 at Tuckahoe, NJ. She later sailed as Captain Willie Garris' "SUSAN ANN" from Captree, NY and is currently sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as the "SEA QUEEN VII".
23LITTLE HAWK and SEA FOX, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1996 Captain Joe Occhipinti's "LITTLE HAWK" and Captain Don Hager's "SEA FOX" are preparing for the spring at Tottenville, Staten Island in 1996.
24MISS BELMAR PRINCESS, Belmar, NJ – 1996 The "MISS BELMAR PRINCESS" from Belmar, NJ circa 1996. This aluminum vessel was built in 1994 at Yank Marine, Tuckahoe, NJ. She is now named the "ATLANTIS PRINCESS" and sails from Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.
25MISS CAPE MAY, Cape May, NJ – 1996 Built in 1958 by the Price Boat Yard at Deltaville, VA, this wood boat first sailed as the "PETREL II" from Barnegat Light, NJ. Before her tour as the "MISS CAPE MAY", she sailed as the "MISS HIGHLANDS" and as the "SEVEN SEAS". She has been remodeled and is currently sailing as the "FISH FINDER" from Captree, NY.
26OCEAN EAGLE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1996 Captain Greg Nardiello's "OCEAN EAGLE II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1996. Built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "BLUE HERON", she was later sold and renamed as the "SOUTH WIND" and sailed from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. She later relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ and sailed as Captain Tom Buban's half-day party boat "HAPPY". After sailing as the "OCEAN EAGLE II", she was sold and relocated to Hampton, VA where she now sails as the "OCEAN EAGLE".
27SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1996 The "SEA PIGEON IV" from Perth Amboy, NJ on her way Flounder fishing in March, 1996. She looked sharp in her new coat of paint when this photo was taken from the NJ Route 36 bridge over the Shrewsbury River.
28SEEKER, Brielle, NJ – 1996 Built 1981 by Rose Craft at Harkers Island, North Carolina, the "SEEKER" operated as a charter dive vessel from Brielle, New Jersey. She was sold in 2004 to Captain Michael Jensen who relocated her to Newport, Rhode Island and continues to operate as a charter dive vessel.
29BARVIC, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1997 Captain Bill Burge's "BARVIC" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ is shown here drifting for Fluke off Manasquan, NJ during the summer of 1997. Built in 1975 at Deltaville, VA, Captain Burge purchased the boat from Captain Vic Florio in 1980. The boat was Captain Florio's third "BARVIC" its name is a combination of his and his wife, Barbara's names. The two met while fishing on the "PALACE" from Hoboken, NJ and started their charter business in the 1960s. Captain Vic later operated a bait & tackle shop and the commercial fishing boat "BARBARA-SUE" from Point Pleasant Beach. Sadly, Captain Vic passed away in August 2006.
30BLUE SEA V, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY – 1997 Captain Nick Cannisi's "BLUE SEA V" is shown here Flounder fishing off Mount Loretto, Staten Island, NY in 1997. Built in 1971 by Swiftships, Inc. at Morgan City, LA and operated as a crew boat in the Gulf of Mexico. This aluminum boat joined the Sheesphead Bay fleet in 1995 and was later renovated (her wheelhouse was relocated topside). She is presently sailing as Captain Larry Horowitz's "SUPER VOYAGER III" from North Myrtle Beach, SC.