JAMAICA Cod Catch – 1963
The elated anglers aboard the 90' steel-hulled "JAMAICA" hold their catches of Cod and Pollack along the rail after an offshore trip in 1963 to fish the wreck called 'Bogan's Mountain'. The wreck held tons of big Cod, Pollack and White Hake, many weighing more than fifty pounds.
Captains Howard Bogan Sr. and Dave Bogan Sr. and Mate George Clevenger went wreck hunting aboard the "JAMAICA" in 1962. They went to check out Loran A numbers of snags where local draggers had lost their nets with the hopes of finding new wrecks to fish. The "JAMAICA" was equipped with the best electronics of the day, which included an expensive, Kelvin-Hughes ASDIC (an acronym for a side-scanning sonar named after the WWII Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee.)
On the two-day wreck hunt, the trio discovered three wrecks and they named the first one they found 'Bogan's Mountain'. This wreck was in 230' of water about 60 miles east of the Manasquan Inlet and at the time, no one knew what the wreck was. 29 years later in 1991, divers finally located it and what they found was a WWII German submarine. At first, the divers couldn't determine its name, so they called it the "U-WHO". In 1998, its identity was confirmed to be the 252' IX Class submarine "U-869" (you may have seen the story on a Nova television program a few years ago.) Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan Jr.