GLORY Storm Ticket, Sea Bright, NJ – 1975
Ned Lloyd, a resident of Sea Bright, NJ at the time, recovered this storm ticket from the wreck of Captain John D. O'Leary's "GLORY" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. The 105-foot "GLORY" ran aground on a stormy night in May 1975 and broke apart fifty feet from the seawall at Normandie Beach in Sea Bright, NJ. Ned recovered this storm ticket from among the debris along the sea wall and kept it for over thirty years, and after discovering the history of the "GLORY" on this site, sent us this great piece of history.
Although her foundering was the result of a failed diesel engine, it marked the conclusion of an era. The "GLORY" was the last of many converted luxury yachts that operated as party fishing boats in the New York Bight. (The "GLORY" was built in 1896 at Weymouth, MA as the steam-powered luxury yacht "INDOLENT" and began party boat fishing in 1914.)
Storm tickets were handed out to passengers on party boats when fishing time was shortened because of bad weather. It is indeed ironic that one of the last pieces of memorabilia from the "GLORY" is a storm ticket.