A Tribute to the Fiesta from the Brass Anchor

We received this word from Richie today that the Fiesta has been sold. I wanted to do something to remember her by, so here is a photo tribute to the good times we had on her.

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 18:36:04 -0800
From: diverreb@comcast.net
Subject: Good Luck Capt Bill.....

Got a call the other night from my friend, Capt. Bill Brown. After twenty four years in the dive charter business his Harley finally won out. He sold the Fiesta. It's now going to be a full time fishing boat. I first met up with Bill and the Fiesta on July 4th, 1992. A friend of mine had a nice Grady White which we dove off of often. He decided to up and get married.... and it wasn't going to change anything. You all know the story... That was the last time he got in the water. :-) I needed to find another boat to dive off of. I hooked up with the Atlantis Rangers and got introduced to Bill and the Fiesta. It wasn't long before we became friends and the Fiesta became my boat of choice. My last dive on the Fiesta was July 12, 2003. I met a lot of great people and shared many cool experiences during the 11 years diving with Bill. I learned a lot by watching other divers on the boat and listening to tips from Bill and the many other divers who also enjoyed the Fiesta and Bill's easy going ways.... Most of the time. I'm not sure the Slammer's Captain thought Bill was so easy going..... But then if someone rammed my boat I guess I wouldn't be so easy going either. :-) My son's first Cold water dives were on the Fiesta. A memory I'll always have with me. The laughter, the great food, incredible people, wonderful diving, lot's of lobster & fish, and comfort in knowing that Capt. Bill knew his shit. Whether it was fixing a mechanical problem, reading the seas, or handling the boat in any conditions I always knew Bill was up to it. Captain Bill & The Fiesta will always hold a special place in my heart. Maybe if he ever gets tired of his Harley we'll get him back in the water again.... Bill, good luck, ride safe, and enjoy the weekends as you think of us poor fools getting up at 4:00 AM or earlier. We'll miss you on the water. Richie

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