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THE STEEL HULLED f/v SHAMROCK

EC NOTE: This story is based upon a discussion I had with Captain John Bogan about the steel Shamrock that eventually came to Sheepshead Bay around 1984. The boat was a very popular boat for the few seasons it sailed in the Bay after Mickey Hipper, a retired NYPD Harbor Patrol officer purchased it. During that time, Captain Harvey Sailor occasionally ran the vessel and it fished for flounders, fluke and other bottom fish, and at times fished for albacore and bonita during the late summer and early fall before returning back to bottom fish during the late fall and early winter months.

I thought it was a nifty mid-sized metal boat for fishing in this area, especially when the early 1980s in Sheepshead, every other pier had a 75 foot or larger super cruiser with big horsepower to take fishermen faster and further offshore.



Shamrock new steel hulled vessel

For some reason, Mickey sold the steel hulled Shamrock, and that was the last we heard of it, or in fact the owner Mickey Hipper.

Captain John filled me in on some little known inside particulars on the ‘steel hulled’ Shamrock.

When my father got this boat, it was sailing as the Captain Bill out of Ft. Lauderdale. The builder was Sutton in Tarpon Springs. There was/is another boat he built called the Admiral's something or other. She was over on the west coast o FL the last I knew.

At the time we got the steel boat, she was powered by a pair of Cummins 250's. They were terrific truck engines, but on a boat gave us loads of headaches. After replacing the liners several times, due to saltwater pitting, we put a pair of 3306 Cats in. She was still severely underpowered, but was an economical boat to operate.

Another thing we did when we first got her, was cutting a foot or two of the roof. The roof at one time extended to the rail. Forget trying to set a hook on even a bergall. Visibility as far as backing in was greatly improved, but it was still real tough. It was even worse when the windows fogged up. This was a nightly event when we ran cruises in the summer months.



Shamrock with black painted hull on it

We had a marine architect come down and look at the boat when it was hauled out. He did his calculations and mumbo jumbo and told us the top speed we could get with a pair of 500hp engines was 18 knots. We added a trim tab and did gain a knot and a half. As far as 19 knots, who knows. The tab to me was not worth it as I never pushed her. It screwed up the way she drifted, as all tabs do. If there was even a little swell, she went straight ahead.

The boat is now in Minnesota. She is some sort of sightseeing rig. You would hardly recognize her, but the hull is the giveaway.


“FLICKERING LIGHTS”

The glow of the city is visible
From Edison to Ambrose Light
The Jersey Shore saw it too
On many a star filled night

There came a time of uncertainty
Many dazed walking about
People unsure of everything
Looked on flickering lights of doubt

Every ounce of determination was tested
As emotions were all rubbed raw
There was not a person among us
Who believed a single thing they saw

The sky was filled with many colors
Pulsating into a thousand different hues
No one believed it could ever happen here
To a place we loved and knew

Although all now seems to be normal
As many are back to the old grind
The memories of that fateful day
Are forever etched into our hearts and mind

by Capt. John Bogan (August 20, 2004)






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