Dolphin VII, VIII, IX, X

Dolphin VII and Dolphin VIII, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Dolphin VII and Dolphin VIII, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

The distinctively bottle-nosed passenger boats used for whale watching all bear the appropriate name Dolphin. The Dolphin Fleet dates to 1975, when Albert Avellar Jr. and Charles Atkins “Stormy” Mayo III began taking customers out to see right whales aboard Dolphin III. (Dolphin I and Dolphin II were Avellar’s fishing party boats.) Beginning with Dolphin V (now Cuttyhunk) in 1983 and Dolphin VI (now Starstream VIII) in 1985, every boat in the fleet has been built at the Gulf Craft shipyard in Patterson, La. The current fleet includes the 86-foot Dolphin VII of 1986; the 84-foot Dolphin VIII of 1995; Dolphin IX of 1991, originally Portuguese Princess II, until that company merged with the Dolphin Fleet in 2008; and Dolphin X of 1995, originally Captain Red. The fleet is headed by Steven Milliken, Avellar’s stepson.

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