TAMBO III, Brooklyn, NY – 1936
Captain John 'Candy' Keefe's "TAMBO III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY is seen here at her pier on Monday, May 4, 1936, the day after she participated in the rescue of the sinking party boat "MJR III".
On Sunday, May 3, 1936, there was a dense fog, but many vessels of the Sheepshead Bay party boat fleet were anchored and bottom fishing on the 'Subway Rocks' fishing grounds. At approximately 1:45 PM the freighter "ANGELINA" steamed through the party boat fleet and came within feet of the "TAMBO III" before striking Captain Frank Polacek's "MJR III" and shearing off her stern. Many of the "MJR III" anglers were tossed into the chilly water. Captain John 'Candy' Keefe and the crew of the "TAMBO III" quickly took action and rescued two people from the water and recovered the body of the only person to perish in the collision. The "TAMBO III" quickly returned to her pier at Sheepshead Bay to get the injured anglers to aid. Captain Polacek and the remaining passengers of the "MJR III" were taken aboard other party boats in the fleet as the crippled and badly damaged vessel sank.
In this "day after" press photo, Captain Candy is at the rail on the left and in the background you can just make out a curious Captain Jake Martin peeking out of a wheelhouse window of the "SACHEM". Later that same year, Captain Candy moved the "TAMBO III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn to Brielle, New Jersey.