1GULF Fuel Advertisement – 1949 This 1949 advertisement for Gulf Marine White Gasoline featured Captain James Bogan and the fleet of ten Bogan-owned party boats. Say goodbye to landlubber gas!
2ESCORT Business Card, Brielle, NJ – 1950 A business card for the Bogan Family's party fishing boat "ESCORT" from Brielle, NJ circa 1950. Ernest Fiedler built this 46’ boat in 1936 at Brooklyn NY. At one time or another, Captains Stanley Williams, John Bogan III and Kurt Pretshnur operated the "ESCORT".
3BOGAN'S BASIN Matchbook Cover – 1950 This vintage 1950 matchbook cover advertised the Paramount Fishing Fleet located at "BOGAN'S BRIELLE BASIN", Brielle, NJ.
4ROCKET Maiden Voyage Ticket, Brooklyn, NY – 1950 This ticket announced the maiden voyage of Captain 'Laddie' Martin's "ROCKET" from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn on May 27 1950. Captain Martin autographed this special ticket for his good friend and Mate Mike Scarpati. The inscription on the card reads "To my right hand man and real mate Mike Scarpati – Laddie". Card courtesy of Captain Mike Scarpati.
5ROXY'S FLASH FLEET Matchbook Cover – 1950 This 1960 matchbook cover promotes "ROXY'S FLASH FLEET" sailing from Highlands, NJ. The fleet at the time consisted of the "FLASH KING", "KING FLASH II" and "QUEEN FLASH II".
6ATOMIC Advertising Card, Brooklyn NY – 1951 A 1951 advertising card for Captain Sparta 'Sparky' Telesca's "ATOMIC" from Sheepshead bay, Brooklyn, NY. Built in 1923 at Brooklyn, NY, she previously sailed as the "EFFORT II".
7CHIEF Business Card, Brooklyn, NY – 1951 A 1951 business card for the "CHIEF" sailing from Pier 5, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
8SKIPJACK Advertising Poster, Waterford, CT – 1952 A 1952 advertising poster for Captain Leslie 'Les' Marsh's party boat "SKIPJACK". This vessel was true to her name as she is a Skipjack-style party boat. Built in 1937 by Ernest Fiedler at Brooklyn, NY as the "SEAFARER", she then sailed as the "FIDUS", the "WHITBY II" and the "THERESA L. II" before becoming the "SKIPJACK" in 1951.
9TAMBO III Business Card, Brielle, NJ – 1952 A business card for Captain John 'Candy' Keefe's "TAMBO III" from the Brielle Yacht Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1952.
10SHAMROCK 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.
11AMERICAN Advertising Card, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1954 A 1954 advertising card for Captain Lou Nyhammer's "AMERICAN" sailing from Broadway Basin in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Captain Nyhammer was previously a captain for the Bogan family in Brielle, NJ. He purchased the "AMERICAN" in 1953 from Captain Jack Bogan Sr., who had recently built a new vessel named the "SHAMROCK".
12PENNSY Charter Trip Ticket, Brielle, NJ – 1955 Those lucky guys from the Mobile Construction Co. paid ten bucks, went fishing on the Bogan Family's "PENNSY" from Brielle, NJ and then got a nice meal (including kegs of beer.) 'Food and fish' charter trips like this one were very popular at the time.
13YANK Adverting Flyer, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1955 A 1955 advertising flyer for Captain Bud Tonks' "YANK" and "YANK JR." sailing from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Flyer courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
14ANGLER Pin, Captree, NY – 1956 An advertising pin for Captain John Gutman's party boat "ANGLER" sailing from Captree, New York.
15Postcard for DODD'S OPTIMIST FLEET – 1958 An advertising postcard from "DODD'S OPTIMIST FLEET" from Belmar, NJ circa 1958. The check marks show which fish were running at the time the postcard was mailed.
16EFFORT ADVERTISING SIGN, Brooklyn, NY – 1958 Framed advertising signs like this one for the party fishing boat "EFFORT" promoted deep sea fishing boats at sporting goods stores and other local businesses in Brooklyn, NY circa 1958. Captain Charles VanDerVoort was at the helm of the "EFFORT" at the time and would later take over operation of the business when captain Fred Wrege passed away in 1961. Courtesy of the Captain Fred Wrege and Captain Charles VanDerVoort families.
17ELKAY Advertising Sign, Gerritsen Beach, NY – 1958 A vintage advertising sign for the deep sea fishing boat "ELKAY" sailing from the Tamaqua fishing station at Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY. The "ELKAY" was one of several smaller party boats (compared to those from Sheepshead Bay) that sailed from this port during the 1950s and 1960s. Sign courtesy of Tom Whitford.
18PIPER Advertising Card, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1959 An advertising postcard for Captain Jay Flores' "PIPER" circa 1959. She sailed from Spike's Fishery Dock in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
19CAPT. APPLEGATE Advertising Poster – 1960 This vintage 1960 advertising poster publicized Captain Andy Applegate's brand new "CAPT. APPLEGATE" sailing from Atlantic City, NJ.
20FISHER BOY II Advertising Card, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1960 A 1960 advertising card for Captain Charlie Coe's "FISHER BOY II" sailing from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. This vessel would eventually 'grow up' and become Captain Ron Santee's original "FISHERMEN" sailing from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
21HARNELL ROD Advertisement, Venice, CA – 1960 This advertisement for Harnell fiberglass fishing rods appeared in 1960 and they were the preeminent fishing rod of the day. These spun fiberglass tubular rods with their signature black color and red wrappings are prized collector items today.
22SHEEPSHEAD BAY TUNA CLUB Pin – 1960 A 1960 contestant pin commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sheepshead Bay Tuna Club, Brooklyn, NY.
23BUCKY Fishing Advertisement, Bayonne, NJ – 1961 This 1961 newspaper ad from the Bayonne Times for Captain Mike Buban’s "BUCKY" advertises a $10 fare for cod fishing. Advertisement courtesy of Captain Tom Buban.
24Postcard for Captain William Zuber's E–Z FLEET, Brielle, NJ – 1961 An advertising postcard from Captain William Zuber's "E–Z FLEET" (the "E–Z", "E–Z II" and "E–Z III") sailing from Zuber's Seacoast Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1961.
25HOLIDAY Advertising Card, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1962 An advertising card for Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" from Spike's Fishery Dock, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1962. This type of card was either posted on bulletin boards in bait & tackle shops or mailed to your home by the captain. Oh boy! $2.50 gets you aboard for either a day or night fishing trip.
26MISS TAMBO Poster, Brielle, NJ – 1962 A poster for Captain Ed Keefe's "MISS TAMBO" from the Harbor Inn Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1962. Posters were a popular way of advertising at the time and you could find them lining the walls of every bait & tackle shop. Picture courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.
27BOGAN'S BRIELLE BASIN Postcard, Brielle, NJ – 1962 An advertising postcard from "BOGAN'S BRIELLE BASIN", Brielle, NJ. The postmark is dated 1962 and at the time, Captain Howard Bogan's Paramount Fleet included the "JAMAICA", "JAMAICA II", "COLUMBIA", "DIXIE", "REX" and "PENNSY".
28COCK ROBIN Business Card, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1962 A 1962 business card for Captain Ralph Pennel's original "COCK ROBIN" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. This converted World War II US Navy Liberty launch would later become Captain Joe Gallucio's "HURRICANE" from Neptune, NJ and last sailed as Captain Frank Kirchner's "KING NEPTUNE" from Highlands, NJ.
29BRONX QUEEN Fishing Pin, Brooklyn, NY – 1963 Advertising pins like this one were handed out to customers who sailed with Captain Henry Williams aboard his converted World War II sub chaser, the "BRONX QUEEN". The boat was built in 1942 at Camden, NJ as the US Navy "SC-635".
30PECONIC QUEEN Fishing Pin, Montauk, NY – 1964 This 1964 advertising pin is from Captains Lester and Jimmy Behan's "PECONIC QUEEN" from Montauk, NY.