GERTRUDE H, Belmar, NJ – 1951
Captain Hugo Harms' "GERTRUDE H" from Belmar, NJ circa 1951. Captain Hugo Harms hand-built the "GERTRUDE H" in 1946 at Toms River, NJ. The "GERTRUDE H" was one of the largest and the most heavily built party fishing boat of her time. When she was first launched, many folks referred to her as the "Queen of the Fleet" because of her unique "yacht-like" design. Captain Harms sold the "GERTRUDE H" to Captain Fred Kern in1968 and she was renamed the "SPRAY II". Captain Kern sold the boat in 1974 and she became the commercial offshore lobster boat "RED MAN". She was finally dismantled in 1989. Photo Courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.
Many Belmar, NJ party fishing boats had neon advertising signs in the 1950’s up until the late 1960’s including the "GERTRUDE H" (it’s above the pilothouse in the picture), the "BOBBY II", the "CHIEF II", the "LENNY", the "MISS BELMAR", the "OPTIMIST", the "SEA JET" and the "SPRAY II". The docks at Belmar must have been a remarkable sight at night back then.