Captain Howard Bogan Sr., Brielle, NJ – 1967
This photo of Captain Howard Bogan Sr. appeared in a 1967 Saltwater Sportsman magazine article along with the rest of the Bogan clan. Captain Howard Bogan Sr. was one of the pioneers of offshore party boat fishing off the New Jersey coast. In the late 1950s, only a few boatmen were willing to head offshore to locate wrecks that would produce great catches of Cod and Pollock and Captain Bogan was the only one to 'go all out' by building the first of many party boats designed for fishing 50 to 75 miles offshore. In 1961, the all steel "JAMAICA" was built and brothers Howard and Dave Bogan spent many days and nights at sea with their side-scanner ASDIC searching for wrecks to fish. This wreck fishing was so productive that one sportswriter dubbed them as trips to "Bogan's Mountain". In 1963, they discovered and fished a far offshore wreck that was finally identified in the mid-1990s as the wreck of the World War II German submarine "U-869". Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.