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mcgovern61

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Jul 31, 2017 - 7:20pm
Ted, I have some news! On Frank's FB page, Charles Jones posted a picture of a page out of the book, "WWII US Navy Vessels in Private Hands". This is the page for the PT-557:

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Note that book states that Otto Stocker actually had ownership of the boat! That does make sense since (again, as I heard it), Otto and George Sinn were business partners. The 557 and 486 were purchased in 1951 and this book states that Otto had an ownership in 1952. The picture of the "Flamingo" is 1953 in Wildwood Crest, NJ. It is rumored that Stocker and Sinn had a parting of ways. The 486 as the Sightseer is no longer being used as a party fishing boat but is being used as a sightseeing boat in 1954.

According to the excerpt above, the "Flamingo" was sold in 1954 and moved north and is renamed, "Miss Belmar" in 1955.

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mcgovern61

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Some of the stuff I found online confirms that the, "Miss Belmar" was also known as the little pink boat! Why pink? Well, I think it is safe to say it was PINK because it was formerly a "Flamingo". All of Sinn's "Flamingo" boats are painted pink.

I did find a single picture of the "Miss Belmar" and it is positively the same boat as the "Flamingo".

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I could not find a picture of the boat as the Capt. Louie yet, but the history is listed above. Essentially, the PT-557, much like the PT-486, served the general public well for many years as great party fishing and sightseeing boats!

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  TED WALTHER

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Gerry;
Well That answers that. . Here is the USCG Registration link: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/pls/webpls/cgv_pkg.vessel_name_list

Charlie;
Does that book say anything about DANCO? If not what ELCO bosts are represented in that book?

Take care,
TED


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I see someone asked what became of the PT 557 after it was the Flamingo.
The boat was purchased by Dave Shinn who had a 63 Ft. ASR boat that he converted to a Party Fishing boat in 1949 named it the Bobby ll and sailed from Belmar, N.J. and Pete Saro who had the Party boat Spray ll in Belmar. They bought the Flamingo for their sons Al and Pete Jr. I do not think they even know what they were going to do with the boat but on April 23, 1955 The Bobby ll was run down in a fog about 15 miles East of Shark River inlet by a freighter and 13 feet of the bow was cut off. That is another story in itself. If you would like to read the entire story and see photos go on Facebook and in the search box type in Party boat Bobby ll. I have the story posted there along with photos. Dave Shinn needed another Party boat so he bought out Pete Saro and within 5 weeks he had the old 65 Ft. Flamingo sailing as the Miss Belmar out of Belmar Marine Basin. Dave had removed the gas engines that were in the boat and installed a pair of 671 Diesels. Over the years there were quite a few changes made to the boat. In 1958 they struck a submirged piling on the way out on a fishing trip and the engine room flooded. Dave took the boat to Johnson Bros Boatyard in Bay Head, N.J and had two brand new Johnson and Towers Detroit turbo charged diesels put in the boat and he also had the pilot house enlarged. J and T told him they expected that the boat would have a cruising speed of 16 knots, opps it did 12 knots at 2100 RPm with a top RPM of 2300 RPM. In the winter of 1960 Dave had a yacht carpenter build a tent over the boat at the dock and had a raised pilot house put on the boat. I ran the boat night Bluefishing 1962 through 1964. Dave Shinn passed away in August 1962 and his son took the business over. The boat operated out of Belmar until 1974 and was sold and renamed the Capt Louie and sailed from Highlands, N. J. for several years and was sold again and I think it went to Mass. The ASR Bobby ll had a new bow put on the boat by Stowman Boat Yard in Dorchester, N.J. I bought the boat in 1965 and it became my second Party boat that I operated out of belmar for 5 years before selling it to purchase a newer boat.

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  TED WALTHER

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Joe;
Welcome to the board! Thanks for sharing the history of PT 557! She is still listed in the Coast Guard Vessel Documentation as CAPT Louie, USCG DOC Number:263801 with no expiration date so who knows if she is still around.
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I see someone asked what became of the PT 557 after it was the Flamingo.
The boat was purchased by Dave Shinn who had a 63 Ft. ASR boat that he converted to a Party Fishing boat in 1949 named it the Bobby ll and sailed from Belmar, N.J. Dave
Dave and Pete Saro who had the Party boat Spray ll in Belmar. They bought the Flamingo for their sons Al and Pete Jr. I do not think they even know what they were going to do with the boat but on April 23, 1955 The Bobby ll was run down in a fog about 15 miles East of Shark River inlet by a freighter and 13 feet of the bow was cut off. That is another story in itself. If you would like to read the entire story and see photos go on Facebook and in the search box type in Party boat Bobby ll. I have the story posted there along with photos. Dave Shinn needed another Party boat so he bought out Pete Saro and within 5 weeks he had the old 65 Ft. Flamingo sailing as the Miss Belmar out of Belmar Marine Basin. Dave had removed the gas engines that were in the boat and installed a pair of 671 Diesels. Over the years there were quite a few changes made to the boat. In 1958 they struck a submirged piling on the way out on a fishing trip and the engine room flooded. Dave took the boat to Johnson Bros Boatyard in Bay Head, N.J and had two brand new Johnson and Towers Detroit turbo charged diesels put in the boat and he also had the pilot house enlarged. J and T told him they expected that the boat would have a cruising speed of 16 knots, opps it did 12 knots at 2100 RPm with a top RPM of 2300 RPM. In the winter of 1960 Dave had a yacht carpenter build a tent over the boat at the dock and had a raised pilot house put on the boat. I ran the boat night Bluefishing 1962 through 1964. Dave Shinn passed away in August 1962 and his son took the business over. The boat operated out of Belmar until 1974 and was sold and renamed the Capt Louie and sailed from Highlands, N. J. for several years and was sold again and I think it went to Mass. The ASR Bobby ll had a new bow put on the boat by Stowman Boat Yard in Dorchester, N.J. I bought the boat in 1965 and it became my second Party boat that I operated out of belmar for 5 years before selling it to purchase a newer boat.

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