PARAMOUNT, Brielle, NJ – 1932
The original "PARAMOUNT" from Brielle, NJ circa 1932. Captain John Bogan Sr., Captain John Bogan Jr. and Captain James Bogan Sr. operated the "PARAMOUNT", but Captain James Bogan Sr. is shown in the picture standing at the open helm above the cabin. The vessel was built at Brooklyn, NY in 1930 and had a length of 48’ and a 16’ beam. A single 100 HP, 4-cylinder Fairbanks Morse diesel engine provided power to the propeller. The gangster 'Dutch' Shultz originally owned the boat and operated her as a "rum-runner" during the prohibition era. The boat was "busted" on her very first smuggling run and later sold at government auction to the Bogan Family in 1930.
The "PARAMOUNT" began her fishing career sailing from Bayonne, NJ until 1931 when the Bogan family relocated to Brielle, NJ. In 1934, she responded to the Morro Castle disaster and rescued 67 passengers from the ill-fated vessel. The federal government seized her for coastal patrol use during World War II. She ended her most interesting fishing career in Bermuda. Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.