PENNSY, Brielle, NJ – 1955
An overhead view of the "PENNSY" from Brielle, NJ circa 1955. Owned by the Bogan family, she was operated by Captain Roy Skillman at the time. She was one of two converted World War II PT (Patrol Torpedo) boats owned by the Bogan family at the time (the "JERSEY" was the second.) Higgins Industries built the boat in 1944 at New Orleans, LA as the US Navy "PT-457".
When she was converted for use as a party boat, US Coast Guard regulations of the day required vessels longer than 65 feet to have an on-board engineer (along with a captain.) Since she was originally 78 feet in length, the Bogan family shortened her to 64-feet 11-inches to circumvent the requirement. Regardless of their length, these Higgins PT Boats had a beautiful shape. The entire below decks section from the pilothouse forward was a giant room for passengers.
In 1957, Captain Dave Bogan Sr. took over the helm of the "PENNSY" and it was one of his favorites… "I loved that boat!" The Bogan family later sold her and she became Captain Al Wirth's "FALCON" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. She was later stored at a Staten Island, NY boatyard for a few years and was finally dismantled in 1991. Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.