SEA RANGER, Belmar, NJ – 1966
The "SEA RANGER" from Belmar, NJ circa 1966. The vessel was built in 1944 at Bristol, RI as the US Navy air-sea rescue boat "C-77461". After the end of World War II, the Navy transferred her to the US Coast Guard and she was renamed the "CG-63050". In 1949, she was sold as surplus and converted to party boat fishing. She originally sailed as Captain David Shinn’s "BOBBY II" and was later renamed the "SEA JET". In 1966, she became Captain Joe Galluccio’s "SEA RANGER".
In April of 1955, she was sailing as the "BOBBY II" under the command of Captain David Shinn and while she was returning from a day of fishing at the Cholera Banks, the 7,652-ton freighter "SS PRESIDENT BUCHANAN" struck her. The collision sheared off a 13-foot section of the bow of the 63-foot "BOBBY II". Because of her military construction (which included double forward crash bulkheads), she did not sink and was even able to return to Belmar under her own power. Hundreds of people flocked to the Belmar Marine Basin to get a first-hand look at this amazing vessel. The "BOBBY II" was later repaired at Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ and renamed the "SEA JET". Photo courtesy of Captain Joe Galluccio.