GIRALDA, Sheepshead Bay, NY – 1930
The coal–fired steam powered party boat "GIRALDA" operated by Captain Dave Martin circa 1930. Her homeport was Pier 8, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. The "GIRALDA" originally was a luxury yacht that Captain Martin purchased in 1914 and converted into a party fishing boat. This and other coal–fired boats often left the dock at 3:00 AM and steamed to Atlantic City for a day of fishing. They used to race to get to the prime fishing drops and poured on so much coal that flames and sparks shot out the red–hot smokestack. According to on–lookers, the boats looked like candles when they were under way to the grounds. Launched in July 1896 by James A. Baylis & Sons, Port Jefferson, NY, her original owner was Edward Renwich and her original homeport was Port Jefferson, NY.