SHAMROCK Advertisement, New York, NY – 1931
During the Great Depression (1929 - 1939) many party fishing boats cut their fares and in response, the boats were crowded with anglers looking for a break from the harsh realities of everyday life and fish for the dinner table. This 1931 advertisement for Captain H. J. Wheeler's "SHAMROCK" was a prime example. The "SHAMROCK" was built in 1887 at Brooklyn, NY as sailing vessel. In 1912, the boat was converted to party boat fishing and sailed as Fred Plage's "SHAMROCK" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. Captain Wheeler bought the boat in 1928 and moved it to Manhattan to replace his converted steam yacht "ANGLER".