HELEN, Brooklyn, NY – 1933
Judging by her design and speed, the "HELEN" appears to be a former 'rum runner'. Notice the low forward 'trunk cabin' wheelhouse. Many 'rum runners' were built with a low profile so they wouldn't be detected against the backdrop of the shoreline while operating in the dark. As her banner proclaims, the "HELEN" sailed from Brady's Dock at 8:00 AM and picked up additional fares in Sheepshead Bay at 9:00 AM. She was operated by Captain William Mertineit. Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.