CAPT. JOE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1933
Captain Joseph 'Archie' Buckner's "CAPT. JOE II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1933. Built in 1899 at East Boothbay, ME as the sailing sloop "ALBION", she first sailed as a party fishing boat from the end of Woodcleft Canal at Freeport, NY under the command of Captain Joseph Raynor who named her the "CAPT. JOE II".
Captain 'Archie' Buckner was a legendary party boat captain and one of the true 'Wreck Masters' of the era. Before coming to Sheepshead Bay, Captain Buckner worked aboard the deep sea fishing steamboat ‘TAURUS" as a Fishing Pilot. (A Fishing Pilot was not the Captain, but was responsible for directing the Captain how to navigate the vessel over prime (and often secret) fishing bottom and wrecks.)
In 1913, Captain Buckner left the "TAURUS" to join his good friend Captain Fred Wrege at Sheepshead Bay. Captain Buckner became the Captain and part owner of the "M.J.R. II" along with Captain Wrege during his first years at Sheepshead Bay. In 1919, he purchased the "CAPT. JOE II" from Captain Joseph Raynor and began his own party boat business. Captain 'Artie' Wickberg purchased the "CAPT. JOE II" from Captain Buckner in 1941 when he retired due to illness. She was later appropriated by the federal government and operated as a 'Scout Patrol' vessel, and then sank in 1943 off the Massachusetts coast. Postcard courtesy of Captain Tony 'Mo' Barbato.