Golden Hope Houseboat – 1911
Bogan's Basin and the party fishing boats run by the Bogan family at Brielle, NJ since 1931 are well known to anglers in the tri-state area. The roots of the Bogan family trace back to this humble houseboat located on the banks of the now-defunct Morris Canal where it emptied into Newark Bay at Bergen County, NJ. Family Patriarch, Captain John Bogan, Sr. built the houseboat and it was their home. Interestingly, Captain Bogan never launched the houseboat and it remained on blocks at the canal bank. From left to right are Captain John Bogan, Sr., his wife, Mary Bogan, and their son, John Bogan, Jr. (the other two men on the right are unknown.) Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan, Sr.