CAPTAIN FRED WREGE Fishing Sinker, Brooklyn, NY – 1925
Captain Fred Wrege was a well-known party boat operator from Sheepshead Bay. In 1913, he was the owner/operator of the "M.J.R. II" and the "EFFORT". In 1923, he had the "EFFORT II", and in 1929, he purchased the World War I Sub Chaser "SC-122" and converted her for party boat fishing. This sinker dates from the mid-1920s and a local diver recovered it off the New Jersey coast. During the 1920s and 1930s, it was popular for party boats to personalize their fishing sinkers. Many inscribed their sinker molds with the name of the vessel or its Captain (or sometimes both.) Photograph courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.