WHITBY II and EFFORT III, Brooklyn, NY – 1939
Captain Franklin Hammer's "WHITBY II" and Captain Fred Wrege's "EFFORT III" circa 1939. Both boats were converted World War I Subchasers; the "WHITBY II" was built in 1918 at Brooklyn, NY as the "SC-168" and the "EFFORT III" was built in 1917 at Norfolk, VA as the "SC-122". In this 1939 photograph, they are shown porgy fishing side-by-side and both boats are crowded with anglers. If you consider that these two boats sailed from adjacent piers and that there were eight other piers, you can get an idea of the huge number of anglers that went fishing from Sheepshead Bay. (In 1939, about 55 party boats, plus a similar amount in the 'mosquito fleet', sailed from Sheepshead Bay.) Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.