PENNSY, Brielle, NJ – 1956
The "PENNSY" from Brielle, NJ circa 1956. She was owned by the Bogan family and operated by Captain Roy Skillman. The "PENNSY" was a converted World War II PT Boat, "PT-457" built in 1944 by Higgins Industries Inc. New Orleans, LA.
US Coast Guard regulations at the time she was converted to party boat fishing required vessels longer than 65-feet to have an on-board engineer (along with a captain.) Since she was originally 78 feet in length, the Bogan family shortened her to 64-feet 11-inches to circumvent the requirement.
In 1957, Captain Dave Bogan Sr. took over the helm of the "PENNSY". (He is seen in this photo walking towards the cabin with his back to the camera.) The Bogan family later sold her and she became Captain Al Wirth's "FALCON" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Lastly, she was later stored at a Staten Island, NY boat yard for a few years and was finally dismantled in 1991.