1IN MEMORIAM - CAPTAIN JACK BOGAN SR. 1917-2010 Captain John Francis 'Jack' Bogan Sr., 92, of Stuart, Florida, formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ died Saturday, April 24, 2010. He was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ and moved to the Jersey Shore area in the 1930s and lived there until moving to Stuart in 1982.
A well-respected boatman, he owned and operated several party fishing boats from Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, including the "COLUMBIA", the "AMERICAN" and the "SHAMROCK" through the early 1980s. He also owned a boat basin near Manasquan inlet at Point Pleasant Beach.
Jack got his start in the 1930's working as a mate on the "PARAMOUNT II" at Bogan's Broadway Basin in Brielle, New Jersey. His first turn at the helm was aboard the "COLUMBIA", a 45-footer built in 1940 by the Johnson Brothers Boat Works at Bay Head, NJ for the Bogan family. He purchased his first boat, the "AMERICAN", from the Bogan family, a newer forty-five foot vessel built at Johnson Brothers Boat Works in 1945.
Captain Jack's next boat was his first "SHAMROCK". She was built in 1953 by the Van Sant Boat Yard at Atlantic City, NJ and was one of the earliest 65–footers built specifically for party boat fishing and was the first flush deck party boat ever built. The "SHAMROCK" specialized in Fluke fishing during the summer months, and Cod and wreck fishing at other times. In 1971, Captain Bob Pennington who was a former mate on the "SHAMROCK", bought the boat and it became his first "SEA DEVIL".
In the late 1960s, Captain Jack purchased Inlet Basin at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. He and his sons, Captain John F. Bogan Jr. and Captain Bob Bogan Sr. operated the "SHAMROCK" and the "GAMBLER" from this basin for many years.
In 1971, Captain Jack purchased the seventy-five foot "CAPT. BILL" from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and it became his second "SHAMROCK". This steel vessel was built in 1966 by the Sutton Boat Works at Tarpon Springs, Florida. It later found its way to Sheepshead Bay, New York and is presently a dinner cruise boat sailing as the "AFTON PRINCESS" along the St. Croix River near Afton, Minnesota.
After Jack retired, his son, John Bogan Jr. operated the second "SHAMROCK" and then a third Lydia-built "SHAMROCK" until he too, retired. Jack's grandson, Captain Bob Bogan Jr. continues in his dad's and granddad's footsteps with the third and current "GAMBLER" from Inlet Basin.
Captain Jack was one of the last 'old time' skippers. He was a firm believer that a Captain should always wear a captain's hat and be "the guy in charge". He steadfastly said, "Your customers should not have to guess who the Captain is." Often shunning Loran and other electronic navigation aids, he was an expert in positioning his boat on fishing spots by using land ranges and dead reckoning.
He is survived by his sons, Captain John F. Bogan Jr. and his wife, Lynn of Stuart, FL and Captain Robert J. Bogan and his wife, Mary Ann of Brick, NJ; his daughters, Barbara Livieratos and her husband, Vlad Marinich of Ellicott City, MD., and Marie Bogan and her husband, Ernie Flowers of Seattle, WA.; his sister, Marian Darcy of El Paso, TX; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Grady of San Diego, CA; 10 grandchildren, Captain Robert Jr., Stephen, Andrew, Lee-Anne, Captain Michael, David, Clare, Alec, Cole and Ed; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A viewing was held on Thursday, April 29 at Van Hise and Callagan Funeral Home in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. A Funeral Mass was offered on April 30 at St. Peter's Church, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and followed by interment at St. Catherine's Cemetery at Sea Girt, NJ. Donations can be made in his honor to Martin County Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.
Captain Jack and his son John sent us many of the vintage boat and fishing photos seen on the Mike's Maritime Memorabilia pages. We are grateful for their generosity and for telling us many fine fishing stories that brought broad smiles to our faces.
Captain Jack is in our prayers and we wish his family and friends peace. Farewell Captain Jack and may God be with ye.
Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark!
2Captain John 'Jack' Bogan Sr. – 1935 Scrub brushes and elbow grease ruled the day for a young and smiling Captain John 'Jack' Bogan Sr. when he was 'Decking' aboard the "PARAMOUNT II", Brielle, NJ at the age of 18. Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
3Captain John 'Jack' Bogan Sr., Brielle, NJ – 1938 Captain Jack Bogan is shown on the right holding a pair of Pollack caught aboard the "COLUMBIA" circa 1938. Captain Jack died in 2010 at age 92. We are thankful for his passing along the lore of 'the good old days' of party boat fishing in New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
4AMERICAN, Brielle, NJ – 1950 The "AMERICAN" from Brielle, NJ circa 1950. Johnson Brothers Boatworks, Bay Head, NJ built this 45-foot boat in 1945 as the "PARAMOUNT V". She was renamed the "AMERICAN" and later purchased and operated by Captain Jack Bogan. He relocated the "AMERICAN" to Broadway Basin, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and later sold her to Captain Lou Nyhammer, who also ran her from Broadway Basin. Photo courtesy of Captain Jack Bogan.
5Columbia, Brielle, NJ – 1945 The "COLUMBIA" from Brielle, NJ circa 1945. She was originally operated by Captain James Bogan Sr. and then by Captain Jack Bogan and Captain Fred Lamb. The "COLUMBIA" was built in 1939 by Johnson Brothers Boat Works, Bay Head, NJ. Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.
6COLUMBIA, Brielle, NJ – 1946 "COLUMBIA" Cod catch circa 1946. Shown sporting a fine catch after a day of fishing are from left to right, Captain Jack Bogan and passengers Frank Strezeski from Clifton, NJ and Father Martin Piasecki pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa church in Jersey City, NJ. An F.W. Tupper, Point Pleasant, NJ photograph.
7COLUMBIA, Brielle, NJ – 1947 The "COLUMBIA" departing the dock on June 30, 1947. The "COLUMBIA" was a 45-footer built in 1939 by the Johnson Brothers Boat Works, Bay Head, NJ for the Bogan family and operated by Captains Jack Bogan and Fred Lamb. An Edward Scheckler, Sea Girt, NJ photograph.
8COLUMBIA, Brielle, NJ – 1958 The "COLUMBIA" from Bogan's Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1958. The "COLUMBIA" was a 45-footer built in 1939 by the Johnson Brothers Boat Works, Bay Head, NJ for the Bogan family and operated by Captains Jack Bogan and Fred Lamb. The "COLUMBIA" was sold in the mid–1960's and became a commercial lobster boat sailing from Highlands, NJ. Photo courtesy of Brielle Bait & Tackle.
9COLUMBIA, Brielle, NJ – 1954 "COLUMBIA" Porgy catch circa 1954. An Edward Scheckler, Sea Girt, NJ photograph.
10COLUMBIA Business Card – 1955 Captain Jack Bogan's business card for the "COLUMBIA" circa 1955.
11Bogan Fleet Captains, Brielle, NJ – 1948 Captain Bob Pennington recalled a recent conversation with Captain Jack who was always drawn to an early photo of the Bogan captains pointing to their boat's name on a sign. He mentioned to Captain Bob that he was the last living member of that group. Over the years, he would visit that photo every time someone in the photo passed. Now they are all gone and here is that photo as a salute to the last man standing...
The Captains of the Bogan Fleet, Brielle, NJ circa 1948. In this magnificent photograph, each Captain is pointing to the vessel they operated. Standing from left to right are James Bogan Sr. (the "COLUMBIA"), Stanley Williams (the "ESCORT"), John Bogan Jr. (the "PARAMOUNT III"), Jack Bogan (the "AMERICAN"), Harry Fairbanks (the "PARAMOUNT II") and Lou Nyhammer (the "PARAMOUNT"). Kneeling in the front are Joe Burns (the "DIXIE") and John Bogan Sr. (night trips). Picture courtesy of Captain Jack Bogan.
12SHAMROCK INVOICE, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1953 This 1953 invoice from the Stanley C. VanSant & Son Boatyard to Captain John Bogan Sr. is just one of several issued during the construction of the "SHAMROCK", but it illustrates the cost of labor and materials during the era.
The "SHAMROCK" was one of the earliest 65–footers built specifically for party boat fishing. During the decade after her launch, she was the model for several other copycat creations from other boatyards that catered to the party fishing boat industry (such as Stowman Shipyards, Deebold Boat Works and AC Boat Works.) Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Sr.
13SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1953 Workers installing the diesel engines into Captain John Bogan's new "SHAMROCK" at Van Sant Shipyard at Atlantic City, NJ circa 1953. Photo Courtesy of Captain John 'Jack' Bogan Sr.
14SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1953 The Bogan family celebrates the hull launch of their new "SHAMROCK" at the Van Sant Boat Yard, Atlantic City, NJ in 1953. Pictured from right to left are Captain Jack Bogan, his wife, Elsie, his sister Mildred Birdsall and her husband James, son Bob Bogan Sr., nephew John Grady Sr. and James Goodwin, a good customer. Captain Jack sailed the "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and in 1971, Captain Bob Pennington bought the boat and she became his first "SEA DEVIL". Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
15SHAMROCK Advertisement – 1953 Captain Jack Bogan ran this fishing advertisement for the "SHAMROCK" in the Woodbury Daily Times newspaper during 1953.
16SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1955 Captain 'Jack' Bogan's "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1955. The Van Sant Boat Yard, Atlantic City, NJ, built her in 1953 and she was the first party boat ever built with a flush deck, that is, her cabins and heads were located on the main deck. In 1971, Captain 'Jack' sold the boat to his mate, Bob Pennington and she became his first "SEA DEVIL". Photo Courtesy of Captain 'Jack' Bogan Sr.
17SHAMROCK Fishing Pin, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1972 Captain Jack Bogan distributed these pins to his patrons, who wore them proudly while fishing aboard his "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant, NJ. Photograph courtesy of Captain Jack Bogan.
18SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975 Captain 'Jack' Bogan's "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1975. Sutton Boat Works built this steel-hulled vessel in 1966 at Tarpon Springs, FL and she first sailed as the "CAPT. BILL II". Sold in 1984 she relocated to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and sailed under the same name. The federal government confiscated the "SHAMROCK" in 1985 and later sold her at auction. She is has since been completely remodeled and is presently sailing on the St. Croix River as the dinner cruise vessel "AFTON PRINCESS" from Afton, MN. Photo Courtesy of Captain 'Jack' Bogan Sr.