2016 Holiday Edition – TAMBO II Sinker, Brooklyn, New York – 1935
Personalized fishing sinkers such as this were very common aboard party boats during the 1920s and 1930s. Local divers indicate that these 'old style' sinkers are only found on inshore wrecks and rock structures, which agrees with the facts that boatmen of the era relied on visual shore ranges to locate their wrecks, and that the abundance of fish at the time made it unnecessary to go far offshore. Sadly, divers collected these types of sinkers from the ocean floor for years and sold them as scrap metal, and very few have survived. We consider ourselves very lucky to have this sinker from Captain Bill Cronan’s "TAMBO II" that sailed from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY and others like it on display. Sinker courtesy of Captain and diver Stan Zagleski III of the "ELAINE-B II" from Highlands, NJ.