PALACE II, Jersey City, NJ – 1991
The "PALACE II" from Jersey City, NJ at anchor in the spring of 1991 while flounder fishing in Raritan Bay, NJ. The "PALACE II" sailed from Hoboken, NJ for most of her fishing career, but Jersey City, NJ was her homeport during her last few years of fishing (and when this picture was taken.) Along with good fishing, the "PALACE II" used to host some wild card games while traveling to the grounds.
A converted 110' World War II US Navy SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser ("SC-1057"), she was built in 1942 at Gulf Marine Ways, Inc., Galveston, TX. One of the last accomplishments of her military career came on June 6, 1945 when she rescued all 66 survivors of the freighter "AYURUOCA" soon after the vessel sank off the New Jersey coast. (Local fishermen know the "AYURUOCA" as the 'Oil Wreck'.)
Sold in the mid-1990s after her fishing career was over, she wound up back in Galveston, TX as the "BONNIE LEE". She was sold again in 1997 and moved to Crystal River, FL. Her owners had plans to eventually restore her, but couldn’t raise enough money. She partially sank while at anchor, was declared a hazard to navigation and demolished. P.S. - The original "PALACE" was a luxury yacht purchased from Louis Castellano by Captain Baletti's sons during the Great Depression. How did it get its name? Mr. Castellano gave her the name "PALACE" since he compared the yacht to a palace when he boarded her for the first time.