DOLPHIN, New York, NY – 1900 The "DOLPHIN" from New York City circa 1900. Built in 1892, she originally sailed as the "AL FOSTER" from Manhattan's West Side. At 215 feet in length and powered by two steam engines, she was the largest vessel ever built specifically for party boat fishing. She was known to sail to the local fishing banks with as many as 1,200 anglers! She became the "FOSTER" in 1898 and was later renamed the "DOLPHIN". She continued to sail from New York's East River until 1900, when she was sold and relocated to Alaska. (She became a light cargo and passenger ferry and made the run between southern Alaska and Seattle, WA.)