Captains Frank Rau and Fred Wrege, Brooklyn, NY – 1949
Captains Frank Rau and Fred Wrege are shown standing on the pier alongside the newly converted "ELMAR" at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY in this 1949 photo. The Wrege and Rau families had a lot in common during their long tenure in the Sheepshead Bay party boat business. For over 45 years, the "EFFORT" and "ELMAR" boats were sister ships. Both families owned very similar boats during the early 1920s, and the "ELMAR II" and "EFFORT II" were both built in 1923 at Nyack, NY. The "ELMAR III" and "EFFORT III" were both converted World War I subchasers, and the last "ELMAR" and "EFFORT" boats were converted World War II subchasers (both made their maiden voyages from Sheepshead Bay on July 3, 1949.) Photo courtesy of the Captain Fred Wrege and Captain Charles VanDerVoort Families.