ROVER, Brooklyn, NY – 1939
Captain Ed Clair's "ROVER" from Pier 9, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1939. The "ROVER" was another small charter boat that sailed from the piers of Sheepshead Bay. These types of smaller vessels 'filled in the gaps' and during the heyday of Sheepshead Bay, every foot of pier space was occupied by a successful fishing business. Captain Ed's father Frank Clair was responsible for bringing the "SYLPH" to Sheepshead Bay and later went on to be a partner in New York City's famous "CIRCLE-LINE" sightseeing fleet. Captain Ed later graduated to the rank of party boat operator when he purchased the "VICTORY" in the late 1940s, which was one of four converted subchasers sailing from 'The Bay' at the time.