GERTRUDE H, Belmar, NJ – 1951  Captain Hugo Harms' "GERTRUDE H" from Belmar, NJ circa 1951.   Captain Hugo Harms hand-built the "GERTRUDE H" in 1946 at Toms River, NJ.   The "GERTRUDE H" was one of the largest and the most heavily built party fishing boat of her time.   When she was first launched, many folks referred to her as the "Queen of the Fleet" because of her unique "yacht-like" design.   Captain Harms sold the "GERTRUDE H" to Captain Fred Kern in1968 and she was renamed the "SPRAY II".   Captain Kern sold the boat in 1974 and she became the commercial offshore lobster boat "RED MAN".   She was finally dismantled in 1989.   Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  Many Belmar, NJ party fishing boats had neon advertising signs in the 1950’s up until the late 1960’s including the "GERTRUDE H" (it’s above the pilothouse in the picture), the "BOBBY II", the "CHIEF II", the "LENNY", the "MISS BELMAR", the "OPTIMIST", the "SEA JET" and the "SPRAY II".   The docks at Belmar must have been a remarkable sight at night back then.  GLORY, Brooklyn, NY – 1951  A rare color photo of the "GLORY" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1951.   The "GLORY" was skippered by Captain Jacob 'Chubby' Martin Jr.   She was built in 1896 at Weymouth, MA as the steam yacht "INDOLENT".   She began her fishing career in 1914 when she was purchased by Captain Harry Hansen and began sailing from Brooklyn's west side.   In 1922, Captain Hansen sold the "INDOLENT" to his son-in-law, Jacob 'Jake' Martin, who later renamed her "GLORY".   She was the benchmark for party fishing boats for the next decade.   In 1932, Captain Jacob Martin went on to own the steam yacht "SACHEM" and passed the helm of the "GLORY" to his son, Captain Jacob 'Chubby' Martin Jr.  SEA WOLF, Brooklyn, NY – 1951  The "SEA WOLF" was built in 1949 at North Wildwood, NJ and was originally owned by Captain John Heiser.   She was later sold to Captain Ed Moraski who continued to sail her from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   The "SEA WOLF" specialized in bottom fishing during her entire fishing career, which ended in1988 when she was replaced by a larger vessel and dismantled.  WHITBY III, Brooklyn, NY – 1951  Captain 'Herbie' Hammer's "WHITBY III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn NY circa 1951.   The "WHITBY III" was the last converted World War I Sub Chaser to sail from Sheepshead Bay.   In 1917, Elco Boat Works at Bayonne, NJ built the boat as the US Navy Sub Chaser "SC-101".   She was sold as surplus after the end of World War I and converted to a party fishing boat.   She first sailed as Captain Steve Wischerth's "FIDUS" from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY and later from Sheepshead Bay.   She later became Captain Edward Baletti's "PALACE II" from Hoboken, NJ before becoming the "WHITBY III" in 1948.   The boat was dismantled in 1971.  YANKEE, Brooklyn, NY – 1951  Captain Frank Palsgraf's "YANKEE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY heads out for a day of fishing circa 1951.   She was built in 1946 at Staten Island, NY.   Sold in 1961, the boat was relocated to Bath, ME. 
ACE, Manhattan, NY – 1952  Built in 1930 by Consolidated Shipbuilding at New York City as the yacht "STEVENA", she began fishing as Jimmy Driscoll's  "ACE" in 1950.   During her party boat tenure, she was billed as the 'World's Largest Deep Sea Fishing Boat'.   (She had an overall length of 135 feet and weighed 234 gross tons.)   The "ACE" sailed from the Jersey City Piers at 6:15 AM daily, and then picked up additional passengers at Battery Place, Manhattan at 6:30 AM and made one last stop at Brooklyn's 69th Street at 7:00 AM.   From there, it was off to the fishing grounds.   Sold in 1958, she was relocated to Maryland where she operated as the cruise vessel "DIPLOMAT".   She is presently sailing from New York City.   Photo courtesy of John Cairns.  DOLLSON, Brooklyn, NY – 1952  Captain Adam Doll's "DOLLSON" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY is shown here as she returns to her slip in 1952.   The lad in the bow is a young Billy Doll who would later take over the family business.   Built in 1943 at Honolulu, HI as the US Navy Launch No.19485, she was named the "HELEN CATHERINE" before becoming the "DOLLSON".   Photo courtesy of John Cairns.  ELIZABETH B., Atlantic City, NJ – 1952  The "ELIZABETH B." was built in 1941 at North Wildwood, New Jersey, and owned by Captain Jim Leeds and operated by Captain Mark Broome.   In 1961, she was purchased by Captain Thomas Haughey, who continued to sail her from Atlantic City.   In 1979, she relocated to Florida as the commercial fishing vessel "TEE CEE".   Her fate is presently unknown.   Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.  GONE WITH THE WIND, Ocean City, NJ – 1952  During World War II, Vospers, a British shipbuilding company, arranged for several boatyards in the in the United States to build British-designed 70-foot Patrol Torpedo boats to help the war effort and this boat was one of them.   Built in 1945 by the Annapolis Yacht Yard at Annapolis, Maryland as the US Navy Patrol Torpedo boat "PT-705", she was powered by three 1,500 HP Packard V12 gasoline engines with three shafts and had a top speed of 40 knots.   This was also one of several PT boats originally intended for "lend-lease use" to the Soviet Union, but the end of the war precluded the transfer.   As a result the "PT-705" was sold as surplus in 1946 and was converted to the private yacht "CAROL-FLO".    She was then converted to a party fishing boat and sailed as the "GONE WITH THE WIND" from Ocean City, NJ.   She later sailed from Johnny's Dock in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ as Captain John DeRose's "WANDERER".   After moving to Sheepshead Bay and sailing as the "APACHE IV" for several years, she last sailed as the "ATOMIC" in 1987.   The boat was dismantled in 1988.  LOLETA II, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1952  Captain P.T. Blake's "LOLETA II" from Blake's Dock, Wildwood Crest, NJ circa 1952.   She was built in 1935 at Croyton, PA. 
OPTIMIST, Belmar, NJ – 1952  Captain Charlie Dodd's "OPTIMIST" from Belmar, NJ circa 1952.   She was built in 1941 at Stamford, CT as the World War II Bomb Target Boat "USN C-2217".   After being refitted for fishing, she joined the Belmar fleet in 1952, first from Belmar Basin and later from Dodd's Marine Basin on the Shark River at Neptune, NJ.   Captain Norm Mordaunt worked for Charlie Dodd and ran the "OPTIMIST" for bottom fishing for several years.   In 1965, she was sold to Captain Jack Huntsinger (another Optimist Fleet Captain), who continued to operate her from Belmar, NJ.   She was later relocated to Maryland.   Photo courtesy of Ray Dodd.  PARAMOUNT, Brielle, NJ – 1952  The "PARAMOUNT" from Brielle, NJ was on its way for a day of Porgy fishing when this photo was taken in mid-July 1951.  The boat was built in 1943 at Brooklyn, NY as the 83-foot US Coast Guard Cutter "CG-83474".   The Bogan family purchased her in 1950 and converted the vessel for party boat fishing.   She was sold in 1955 and became Captain Bill Rutka's "WEE WILLIE" from Point Pleasant, NJ.   She then became Captain Annillo 'Neil' Perillo's "TAMBO" from Brooklyn, NY and later ended her party boat career while operated by Captain Ed Clair under that name.   Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.  RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1952  Captain Mike Scarpati's original party boat "RANGER" at Pier 6, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1952.   The boat was built in 1940 as a U.S. Army Bomb Target Boat, a vessel that towed targets used for open water bombing practice.   After the wae ended, the boat was sold as surplus and converted to a party fishing boat.   In 1959, Captain Scarpati had the 'RANGER II" built at the Scott McBurney boatyard and sold the original boat to Captain Jack Endean, who moved her to Point Pleasant, NJ.   After that, the boat briefly sailed as Captain Norman Mordaunt's "FURY" from Belmar, NJ and lastly as Captain Charles Shirley's BLACK HAWK from Belmar, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  SEA QUEEN III, New York, NY – 1952  Captain Fred Schmahl's "SEA QUEEN III" from Manhattan's 23rd Street pier circa 1952.   Built in 1917 by the Gibbs Gas Engine Company at Jacksonville, FL as a US Navy WWI Subchaser, she was later converted to a party fishing boat and sailed as the "USONA" from the Bronx, NY.   After her name changed to the "SEA QUEEN III", she initially sailed from City Island, Bronx, NY, before relocating to Manhattan.  SEA QUEEN III, New York, NY – 1952  The "SEA QUEEN III" was one of the last remaining converted World War I Subchasers to operate as a party fishing boat in our local waters. 
WHITBY III, Brooklyn – 1952  Captain 'Herbie' Hammer's "WHITBY III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn circa 1952.   The Elco Boat Works, Bayonne, NJ built her in 1917 as the US Navy Subchaser "SC-101".   She was sold as surplus after the end of World War I and converted to a party fishing boat.   She first sailed as Captain Steve Wischerth's "FIDUS" from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY and then as Captain Edward Baletti's "PALACE II" from Hoboken, NJ before becoming the "WHITBY III" in 1948.   The "WHITBY III" was the last converted World War I Subchaser to sail from Sheepshead Bay.  CHIEF, Belmar,NJ – 1953  Captain Ralph Mertineit's "CHIEF" from Belmar, NJ circa 1953.   Built in 1930 at Essex, CT, she originally sailed as the "RUBY".   Captain Ralph specialized in Jersey shore fluke fishing.   Photo courtesy of Hank Wurzburger.  EFFORT, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  A bird's eye view of the "EFFORT" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1953.   She was built in 1942 at Wickford, RI as the World War II Subchaser "SC–1300".  The "EFFORT" was owned and operated by Captain Fred Wrege until he passed away in 1961 and his son-in-law, Charles VanDerVoort took over the operation.   She was dismantled in 1970.   Photo courtesy of the Captain Fred Wrege and Captain Charles VanDerVoort families.  ELAINE B.,Brooklyn, NY – 1953  The "ELAINE B" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1953.   Captain Izzie Bauman's "ELAINE B" was built by Ernest Fiedler in 1940 at Brooklyn, NY.   She was later owned by Captain Mike Scarpati Jr. and was later sold to Captain Stan Zagleski Sr. who continued to operate her from Highlands, NJ.   She last sailed from Elizabeth, New Jersey as the "SUSAN" and has since been dismantled.  DOLLSON, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  Captain Adam Doll's "DOLLSON" is shown here as she heads out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY for a day of fishing circa 1953.   Built in 1943 at Honolulu, HI as the US Navy Launch 19485, she was named the "HELEN CATHERINE" before becoming the "DOLLSON". 
DOROTHY B, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  Captain Frank Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B" is shown departing Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY for a day of deep sea fishing circa 1953.   She was built in 1912 at Brooklyn, NY, and originally sailed from Sheepshead Bay as Captain Anton 'Tony' Lundy's "R.C. LUNDY".  FLASH KING, Highlands, NJ  – 1953  The "FLASH KING" from Johnny's Landing, Highlands, NJ circa 1953.   Built in 1949 by Peterson Boatyard at Great Kills, Staten Island, NY, she was originally named the "SUNBEAM III".   The fare for a six-hour trip in 1953 cost $2.50.   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  NAUTILUS II, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  The "NAUTILUS II" is shown here returning to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1953.   She sailed from Pier 7 under the command of Captain Frank Stefano.   The "NAUTILUS II" was built in 1929 at Gerritsen Beach, NY.   She sailed under the command of Captain Joe Stefano until he died in 1933 and his son Frank took over the helm.   Later, she was sold to Captain Tom De Fina who continued to sail her from Sheepshead Bay.   In 1969, she was sold to Captain Franklin Hammer Jr. who renamed her as the "WHITBY".   Subsequently, she would be the last vessel to sail under the "WHITBY" name from Sheepshead Bay.  RAINBOW, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  Captain Jim Stamos' "RAINBOW" heads out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY for a day of fishing circa 1953.  The vessel was built in 1942 at Miami, FL as the World War II Air Sea Rescue (ASR) vessel "AVR-C-9442".   In 1952, she was purchased by her night Captain Tony Franklin, who continued to sail her from Sheepshead Bay.   In 1979, Captain Fred Ardolino purchased the "RAINBOW" and also sailed her from Sheepshead Bay.  SEA FOAM III, Atlantic City, NJ – 1953  Captain Archie Brown's "SEA FOAM III" from Atlantic City, NJ.   She was built in 1952 at Bena, VA.   In 1963, she was sold to Captain Tony Garbacki who relocated her to Barnegat Light, NJ as his "SEA QUEEN".   She would later sail as the "CAPT. BOB FISCHER" and last sailed as the "SONNIE W" from Portland, ME.   She was dropped from documentation in 1987 and her present fate is unknown. 
SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1953  The Bogan family celebrates the hull launch of their new  "SHAMROCK" at the Van Sant Boat Yard, Atlantic City, NJ in 1953.   Pictured from right to left are Captain Jack Bogan, his wife, Elsie, his sister Mildred Birdsall and her husband James, son Bob Bogan Sr., nephew John Grady Sr. and James Goodwin, a good customer.   Captain Jack sailed the "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and in 1971, Captain Bob Pennington bought the boat and she became his first "SEA DEVIL".   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  SPRAY II, Belmar, NJ – 1953  The "SPRAY II" from Belmar, NJ circa 1953.   Captain Pete Saro Sr. operated the "SPRAY II" when this picture was taken.   She was built in 1914 at Brooklyn, NY as Captain John Michaels' "AMERICA" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   In 1948, Captain Pete Saro Sr. purchased her and moved her to Belmar, NJ.   In 1961, Captain Fred Kern purchased the "SPRAY II" and continued to sail her from Belmar, NJ under the same name.  Many Belmar, NJ party fishing boats had neon advertising signs in the 1950’s up until the late 1960’s including the "SPRAY II" (it’s above the pilothouse in the picture), the "CHIEF II", the "BOBBY II", the "GERTRUDE H", the "LENNY", the "MISS BELMAR", the "OPTIMIST" and the "SEA JET".   The docks at Belmar must have been a remarkable sight at night back then.   Photo courtesy of Captain Fred Kern.  TAMPA II, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  The "TAMPA II" was built in 1929 at Gerrittsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY as Captain Jack Weidner's "PIONEER II" and sailed from Canarsie, Brooklyn.   The vessel to the stern of the "TAMPA II" is the "ELAINE" (she later become the original "JET" from Sheepshead Bay.)   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  TAMPA II, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  This 1953 photo of the stern section of the "TAMPA II" nicely depicts the party boats of the era by displaying the round stern, dry exhaust, the doors leading to the below decks cabin, and the aft deck layout.   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  WHITBY, Brooklyn, NY – 1953  Captain Franklin Hammer's "WHITBY" from Pier 8, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1953.   Built in 1946 by Captain Sid Wilsey at Brooklyn, NY she was one of the few 45-foot party boats built with a steel hull.   Photo courtesy of John Cairns.