Circle Line business card – 1960
A business card from Francis Barry of the Circle Line circa 1960. Besides being the president and founder of the Circle Line Company, Francis 'Frank' Barry was instrumental in shaping the regulations and inspections the United States Coast Guard instituted for passenger carrying vessels during the late 1950s. At the time, the Coast Guard was considering draconian and unreasonable regulations that would have crippled the passenger carrying business and in particular, the party fishing boat industry. Mr. Barry was successful in his efforts to have more realistic vessel requirements enacted and to this day, many boatmen credit him with saving the industry. Francis Barry passed away in June 1986 at the age of 79. Card courtesy of Captain Dave Bogan Sr.