RELIANCE, Wildwood, NJ – 1944  A 1944 postcard for Captain Frank Canning's "RELIANCE" from Wildwood, NJ.  ROARING FORTY, Brooklyn, NY – 1944  Captain Dave Martin's "ROARING FORTY" at her berth at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1944.   After Captain Martin parted company with his party boat, the "GIRALDA", he downsized to this smaller charter vessel and enjoyed a semi-retired lifestyle.   Later in the year, Captain Martin renamed the boat as the "ROARING FORTY IV".   Photo courtesy of Bryant Martin.  DIXIE, Brielle, NJ – 1945  The "DIXIE" from Brielle, NJ circa 1945.   She was owned by the Bogan family and operated by Captain Howard Duncan.   The "DIXIE" was built 1936 by Ernest Fiedler, Brooklyn, NY.   Captain John Long Sr. later operated her before she was sold in the mid-1960s.   Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.  PARAMOUNT II, Brielle, NJ – 1945  The Bogan family's "PARAMOUNT II" from Brielle, NJ circa 1945.   Built in 1937 by Ernest Fiedler's Bergen Beach Boat Works at Brooklyn, NY, she cost the Bogan family the then tidy sum of $3,292 to build.   If you look closely in the background, you can see a Central Railroad of New Jersey steam locomotive hauling a commuter train from Bay Head, NJ to New York City.   Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.  RANGER, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1945  Captain John Kocsik's "RANGER", from Perth Amboy, NJ circa 1945.   Ernest Fiedler of Bergen Beach Boatworks, Brooklyn, NY, built the "RANGER" in 1938.   In 1946, Captain Kocsik relocated the "RANGER" from Perth Amboy, NJ to Belmar Marine Basin, Belmar, NJ.   A recent project restored the gazebo on the Staten Island shoreline in the background to its original condition.   Photo Courtesy of Captain 'Jack' Bogan Sr. 
TOURIST, New York, NY – 1945  The Circle Line tour boat "TOURIST" circa 1945.   Built 1906 at Boston, MA as the steel hulled steam yacht "KEHTOH", she began party boat fishing in 1931 and sailed from Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY.   Captain Edward Baletti purchased her in 1935 from Mr. John W. Hubbard and sailed her from Hoboken, NJ as the party boat "DIXIE".   In March 1942, the US Navy acquired the boat and designated her as the armed Patrol Yacht (Coastal) "PYc-32", and assigned her to the 3rd Naval District.   However, the Navy found her unsuitable for this duty and converted her to the Auxiliary Craft "YAG-14" at the Frank McWilliams Shipyard, Staten Island, NY.   Assigned to the Navy Fleet Sound School at Key West, FL, she served as a training vessel for sonar operators until she was decommissioned and transferred to the War Shipping Administration, Maritime Commission; they sold her to the Circle Line Company of New York City in February 1945.  COMANCHE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1946  The "COMANCHE II" was Captain 'Laddie' Martin's first party boat.   Built in 1942 at Brooklyn, NY, she sailed daily from Pier 7, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY until 1952.   Photo courtesy of Bryant Martin.  DIANA, Brielle, NJ – 1946  Captain Bobby Zeigler's "DIANA" is shown with a crowd of anglers in 1946 on the Manasquan River at Brielle, NJ.   Like many boats of the era, the "DIANA" served as a Coastal Patrol Vessel during World War II and she is still sporting her military gray painted hull in this photo.   Photo courtesy of Rich Johnson.  DRIFTWOOD V, Babylon, NY – 1946  The "DRIFTWOOD V" was built for Captain William Schaefer in 1932 at Lindenhurst, NY.   She was sold in 1942 to Captain A.E. Meisinger, who sailed her from the Babylon Town Dock, Babylon, NY.   She was later sold to Captain Edwin Spiess and finally dismantled in 1966.  EFFORT III, Brooklyn, NY – 1946  Captain Fred Wrege's "EFFORT III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY is shown hauled out at the Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Company at Staten Island, NY circa 1946.   The "EFFORT III" was a converted World War I US Navy subchaser (the "SC-122") built in 1917 at Norfolk, VA.   She is sporting black hull paint, which hid the rust streaks caused by the steel hull fasteners used in her original construction.  Caddell's was the local shipyard preferred by owners of larger party boats in the New York City region.   Founded in 1903 as the Schuyler, Payne and Caddell Ship Repair Company, the company was later renamed.   The company continues to service over 300 vessels annually and is the oldest active shipyard in New York Harbor.   Photo courtesy of the Captain Fred Wrege and Captain Charles VanDerVoort Families. 
ELMAR III, Brooklyn, NY – 1946  The "ELMAR III" was the converted World War I US Navy Subchaser "SC–186".   She was built in 1917 at Upper Nyack, NY.   The "ELMAR III" was operated by Captain Gus Rau until 1937, when his son, Captain Frank Rau took over the helm.   In 1949, she was replaced with a World War II Subchaser named the "ELMAR".  GERTRUDE H, Belmar, NJ – 1946  Building the "GERTRUDE H" circa 1946.   This is the boat Captain Hugo Harms built himself that later became Captain Fred Kern's "SPRAY II".   According to Captain Jack Bogan, she was "built like a battleship".   Photo courtesy of Captain Fred Kern.  GLADYS, Bronx, New York – 1946  The "GLADYS" sailed for two seasons as a party boat from the Throgs Neck section in the Bronx, NY.   She was owned and operated by Captains Isaac and Richard Breuss.   The "GLADYS" was built in 1929 at Brooklyn, NY and in 1948 she stopped fishing and became small tow vessel.  MAJESTIC, Brooklyn, NY – 1946  The "MAJESTIC" is pulled out of the shed for the first time circa 1946.   Captain Joe and John Majestic built her in 1946 at Brooklyn, NY, and Joe Majestic operated the boat from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.  PALACE II, Hoboken, NJ – 1946  The "PALACE II" at the dock shortly after the Baletti family took possession of the boat in 1946.   A converted 110-foot World War II US Navy SC-497 class Submarine Chaser, the "SC-1057", she was built in 1942 by Gulf Marine Ways, Inc. at Galveston, TX.    During World War II the original "PALACE" was appropriated by the US Government for service as a Coastal Patrol Vessel.   During her wartime service she sustained considerable damage and was unable to continue carrying passengers for hire.   As a result, the US Government awarded two US Submarine Chasers to the Baletti family as partial compensation for the damage sustained to the original "PALACE", one of them being the near mint condition "SC-1057".    One of the last military accomplishments of the "SC-1057" 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 it as the "Oil Wreck" and it still leaks small amounts of fuel after 70 years on the bottom.)   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr. 
TRAVELER, New York, NY – 1946  Before joining the Circle Line Fleet as a sightseeing vessel, the "TRAVELER" was the party fishing boat "NORTH STAR".   She was built in 1909 for New York City banker George F. Baker by the Pusey & Jones Shipyard as the luxury yacht "VIKING".   Upon the death of Mr. Baker in 1937, she was sold to US Steel Company CEO Myron C. Taylor who renamed her the "FALCON".   Later, she was sold again, and began sailing as the "NORTH STAR" on daily deep sea fishing trips from the Battery at Manhattan's southernmost tip.   She was appropriated by the US government during World War II and served as a coastal patrol craft.   At the conclusion of the war, she was purchased by the Circle Line Fleet and began sightseeing trips around New York Harbor.   She last sailed as the sightseeing vessel "HARBOR QUEEN" also in New York City.  BOBBY, Belmar, NJ – 1947  Captain Dave Shinn's "BOBBY" from Belmar, NJ circa 1947.   The "BOBBY" was built in 1929 by Kofoed Boat Works at Keyport, NJ.   She later became Captain Jack Ireland’s "CAPT. JACK" from Brielle, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain Joe Galluccio.  COMANCHE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1947  Captain 'Laddie' Martin is seen here at the helm of his "COMANCHE II" as she returns to Sheepshead Bay after a daily tuna fishing trip in September 1947.   The fare at the time was $15 a person with an 8-person limit and all tackle and bait were included.   The trunk cabin is covered with a few nice sized Tuna, Bonito and Skipjacks.  EFFORT III, Brooklyn, NY – 1947  In this 1947 photo, Captain Fred Wrege's "EFFORT III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY is underway and heading south to fishing grounds off the Highlands of the New Jersey coast.  HELEN H, Brooklyn, NY – 1947  This Sheepshead Bay vessel was the second party boat to be named "HELEN H" and owned by Captain Axel 'Alex' Hansen.   She was built in 1944 by the Scott McBurney Boat yard at Brooklyn, NY and originally sailed as Captain Phillip Wright's "FIDUS".   An interesting note is that in February of 1947, Captains Hansen and Phillip Wright worked out a deal to exchange vessels.   As a result, the original "HELEN H" became the "FIDUS" and the "FIDUS" became the new "HELEN H".   She would go on to sail as the "HELEN H" until a larger vessel replaced her in 1964 and she was sold and renamed as the "SEVEN SEAS". 
IDEAL, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1947  Captain Doug Macintosh’s original "IDEAL" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1947.   She was built in 1936 at Ruark, VA and was originally owned by Captain Otto Ploetner and sailed from Brielle, NJ.   Captain Macintosh purchased the boat in 1942 and relocated the "IDEAL" to Point Pleasant.   He would go on to own and operate the "IDEAL I" and become one of the premier Fluke fishing specialists along the Jersey shore.   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.  NEW YORKER, Brooklyn, NY – 1947  The "NEW YORKER" from Pier 5, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1947.   Captain Thomas Haughey operated her.   She was built in 1912 and was originally owned by Captain Bill Clulo.  DAUNTLESS, Brielle, NJ – 1947  The original "DAUNTLESS" from Manasquan River Yacht Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1947.  This sturdy 48-footer was a Boston, MA fireboat purchased by the Bogan family in 1941 and converted for party boat fishing.  Captain Andy Gilinski was at the helm.  Later, she was sold to Captain Mel Noe and sailed as his "DOLLY N" from Ken’s Landing, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.  PARAMOUNT III, Brielle, NJ – 1947  The "PARAMOUNT III" from Manasquan River Yacht Basin, Brielle, NJ circa 1947.   Johnson Brothers Boat Works built this boat for the Bogan family in 1939 at Bay Head, NJ.   Captain John Bogan Jr. operated the "PARAMOUNT III" until the end of World War II.   Captain Charles Fuchs then took over the helm.   The "PARAMOUNT III" caught fire at her dock in 1948 (just after this picture was taken.)   She was quickly repaired and renamed the "FALCON".   Captain William Egerter Jr. then took over the operation of this vessel.   Later, Captain Al Wirth purchased the boat and sailed her as the "FALCON" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.  RANGER, Belmar, NJ – 1947  Captain John Kocsik's "RANGER" from Belmar Marine Basin, Belmar, NJ circa 1947.   The "RANGER" was built in 1938 at Brooklyn, NY and she originally sailed from Perth Amboy, NJ before Captain Kocsik relocated her to Belmar, NJ.   Notice the elegant lines of this vessel, and the artistry used in creating the bow flare.   When you consider the tools and limited technology available during the era, the skilled marine carpenters of this generation were truly amazing.   Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr. 
SKIPPER, Belmar, NJ – 1947  Captain John Zeigler's "SKIPPER" from Belmar, NJ circa 1947.   Like his brother’s vessel, the "DIANA", Captain John Zeigler built the "SKIPPER" on the banks of the Raritan River in New Brunswick, NJ in 1941.   He built her with full–length planking that ran from the stem to the stern in one piece.  The "SKIPPER" sailed from Belmar, NJ and she fished primarily for Blackfish.   The US Navy appropriated the boat during World War II and operated her as a US Coast Guard coastal patrol boat (Captain Zeigler got the boat back at the end of the war.)   Captain Dom Vitolo Sr. purchased the "SKIPPER" when Captain Zeigler retired and she became one of the premier Blackfish boats on the coast.   Captain John Connell then bought the boat and sailed her from Viking Marina, Staten Island, NY.   Finally, Captain John Potter purchased the "SKIPPER" and she now sails from Martha's Vineyard, MA.   After sailing for more than 65 years, she has earned the designation as the oldest party boat currently in operation.  BONITO, Atlantic City, NJ – 1948  Captain Lloyd Reeves' "BONITO" was built in 1931 at Forked River, New Jersey and she was the first boat to ferry tourists from Beach Haven, New Jersey to Starn's Pier at Atlantic City.   Once the crowds became too large for this small vessel to carry, she joined the party boat fleet.   Taken out of service in 1952, she was later scuttled off the coast of Atlantic City, and became what is known as the 'Lost Wreck'.   Photo courtesy of Don Nyce.  BUCKY, Cape May, NJ – 1948  The "BUCKY" was built in 1948 by F. W. Smith Boatyard at Bena, VA for Captain Lavallette Buck and originally sailed from Cape May, NJ.   Captain Michael Buban later purchased the "BUCKY".   He relocated the boat to Elizabeth, New Jersey and sailed her from there until 1997.  She last sailed the Great Lakes as the excursion vessel "PHILOMENA D" until she was dropped from documentation in 2005.  FLYING CLOUD II, Brooklyn, NY – 1948  The "FLYING CLOUD II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1948.   Built in 1901, she sailed from Sheepshead Bay under the command of Captain Henry Gunther Jr.   She was powered by a four-cylinder Atlas diesel engine that produced her trademark 'chugging' sound.   In 1960, Captain Fred Bird purchased the boat and moved her to Montauk, NY.  LADY HILDA II, Brooklyn, NY – 1948  Captain Anthony 'Tony' Serio's "LADY HILDA II" from Pier 4 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1948.   She was built in 1913 at Brooklyn, NY and in 1927 she sailed from Bronx, NY.  Later that year, she was purchased by Captain Petrie and moved to Manhattan where she sailed from the East River at East 91st Street until 1936.   However, it is unclear exactly when the "LADY HILDA II" joined the Sheepshead Bay party boat fleet.   She continued to sail from Sheepshead Bay until 1959 when she was replaced by the "LADY HILDA III" and became a commercial fishing vessel.   She was lost to an unknown cause in 1962.