Three Captains Keefe, MISS TAMBO, Brielle, NJ – 1971
Three generations of Keefe family Captains. Standing aboard the "MISS TAMBO", Brielle, NJ circa 1971 are, from left to right, Captains Ed Keefe Jr., Ed Keefe Sr. and John ‘Candy’ Keefe. Captain ‘Candy’ Keefe was a legend in the party boat industry and he got his nickname in 1904 (at the age of 14) when he began working as a candy vendor aboard the triple-decker steamer "TAURUS". He went on to own and operate the "ADA L" from Sheepshead Bay and in 1923, began sailing the original "TAMBO" from Sheepshead Bay. In 1930, he had the "TAMBO III" built, and in 1936, he relocated the family business to Brielle, NJ.
His son, Ed Keefe Sr. was the skipper of the charter boat "TAMBO V" from Brielle, NJ and took over the helm of the "TAMBO III" from his Dad in 1956. In 1962, the Gillikin built "MISS TAMBO" replaced the "TAMBO III".
Ed Keefe Jr. mated aboard the "MISS TAMBO" until entering the US Navy. Soon after completing his military service, Ed Jr. continued the family tradition and earned his captains license. Ed Keefe Jr. is still passionate about the party boat industry and he is authoring a book dedicated to its first 100 years. His book should be published this later year and we’ll keep you posted about its progress and availability.