EFFORT Shark Catch, Brooklyn, NY – 1917
Shown from left to right are Captain Archie Buckner, an unknown angler, and a young Captain Fred Wrege at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1917. Captains Buckner and Wrege were partners in the original "EFFORT" and at the time of this photo, the 23 year-old Fred Wrege had already become an established and respected 'Fishing Pilot'. Captain Buckner would later own and operate the "CAPT. JOE II" from Sheepshead Bay and Captain Wrege would go on to serve in the United States Navy during World War I as the Captain of the minesweeper "USS HOPESTILL". In March 1919, Captain Wrege returned to party boat fishing and resumed the helm of the "EFFORT" and he would continue to own and operate several other like-named vessels over the next 45 years. Photo courtesy of the Captain Fred Wrege and Captain Charles VanDerVoort families.