Captain Clarence Starn, Atlantic City, NJ – 1922
Captain Clarence Starn stands at the helm of one of his cruise vessels in this 1922 photo. He was the patriarch of "Capt. Starn's Pier" at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Captain Starn originally ran daily fishing trips and ocean cruises from the Pennsylvania Railroad pier at Absecon Inlet, and later purchased the pier from the railroad in 1936.
After extensive renovations, "Capt. Starn's Restaurant and Boating Center" opened for business on June 26, 1940. The business evolved through the years to include a large fleet of deep sea fishing and excursion vessels, a seafood restaurant, the famous speedboat ride on the "MISS ATLANTIC CITY", a fishing pier, a large seafood market, and several exhibits of performing marine life.
Captain Starn's operation was a main attraction in Atlantic City for the next three decades until he passed away in 1969 at the age of 79. The business became a victim of financial decline during the next decade and was sold in 1979. In 1992, Capt. Starn's Seafood restaurant was demolished and the property was redeveloped. Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.