1CAP-RUSSELL, Cape May, NJ – 1942 The "CAP-RUSSELL" sailed from Cape May, NJ circa 1942. She was owned and operated by Captain Walter Russell and specialized in Delaware Bay fishing. The "CAP-RUSSELL" was built in 1941 at Cape May, NJ.
2ELMAR III, Brooklyn, NY – 1942 Captain Gus Rau’s "ELMAR III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY is seen here with a large crowd of anglers off Highlands, NJ in September of 1942. The "ELMAR III" was a converted World War I US Navy Subchaser ("SC-186") that was built in 1917 at Upper Nyack, NY.
3TWO BROTHERS and NAUTILUS II, Brooklyn, NY – 1942 This June 1942 photo taken off Highlands, NJ depicts the Sheepshead Bay party boats "TWO BROTHERS" under way and the "NAUTILUS II" anchored in the background. The vessels were most likely Sea Bass and Porgy fishing at the time. The "TWO BROTHERS" was built in 1929 at Brooklyn, NY and was operated by Captain 'Sparks' Telesca at the time. The "NAUTILUS II" was built in 1929 at Gerrittsen Beach, NY and was operated by Captains Joe and Frank Stefano. In 1947, the "NAUTILUS II" was sold to Captain 'Herbie' Hammer and became the "WHITBY" sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
4WHITBY II, Brooklyn, NY – 1943 Captains Frank and 'Herbie' Hammer's "WHITBY II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1943. The "WHITBY II" was built in 1918 at Brooklyn, NY as the World War I US Navy Subchaser "SC-168". She was one of four converted World War I Subchasers sailing from Sheepshead Bay at the time. Sold in 1947, the "WHITBY II" then sailed as the commercial fishing vessel "MADONNA" from Gloucester, MA. The vessel was abandoned and dismantled in 1959.
5DORIS MAY, Belmar, NJ – 1944 The "DORIS MAY" from Belmar, NJ circa 1944. Built in 1940 by Wheeler Shipyard at Brooklyn, NY, she was powered by twin six-cylinder Chrysler Crown gasoline engines. The "DORIS MAY" was owned and operated by Captain Harry Pflug. She was sold in 1949 to Captain Jimmy Carves and became his "BELBOY II", and sailed from Great Kills, Staten Island, NY. She was sold again in 1950 and became Captain Edward Carroll’s "PELICAN" from Montauk, NY.
Sadly, the "PELICAN" capsized in the vicinity of Montauk Point, Long Island, on September 1, 1951 and 45 persons, including the Captain, lost their lives. At the time, boats like the "PELICAN" were not subject to annual inspection and certification by the US Coast Guard, but the tragedy was the catalyst for significant legislative changes.
6IDEAL, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1944 Captain Doug Macintosh's original "IDEAL" party boat from Point Pleasant, New Jersey circa 1944. The "IDEAL" sailed from the creek south of the Broadway Bridge at Point Pleasant, NJ. Photo courtesy of Rich Johnson.
7RELIANCE, Wildwood, NJ – 1944 A 1944 postcard for Captain Frank Canning's "RELIANCE" from Wildwood, NJ.
8ROARING 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.
9DIXIE, 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.
10PARAMOUNT 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.
11RANGER, 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.
12TOURIST, 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.
13COMANCHE 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.
14DIANA, 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.
15DRIFTWOOD 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.
16EFFORT 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.
17ELMAR 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".
18GERTRUDE 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.
19GLADYS, 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.
20MAJESTIC, 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.
21PALACE 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.
22TRAVELER, 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.
23BOBBY, 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.
24COMANCHE 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.
25EFFORT 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.
26HELEN 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".
27IDEAL, 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.
28NEW 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.
29DAUNTLESS, 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.
30PARAMOUNT 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.