As far as the information goes... I would like to say in my defense that all of these stories are second hand. I either heard them from friends or straight from the horse's mouth, which in this case was my father. My father was 51 years old when I was born. So therefore I, Captain Judy never allegedly hauled any shipments of any type during the thirties. There is a good reason! I wasn't born until 1951!
During this time while old dad was supposedly making cars that haul like trucks, he also picked up yet another, "HOBBY." He loved cruising in his big newly purchased Yacht. At this time his boat was called "His Boat" also known as his second home. Apparently his first home location was the apartment above his repair shop. Good sources told me that he loved living on his boat more than in his apartment.
George Gorman, neighbor at the time, Uncle
Arthur Lee Helmey, and Captain Sherman I Helmey (with large King Edward
cigar hanging out of his mouth)
I was real happy at the time of this picture. I was about 10 at the time. My Father and I had fished a local "Cobia Tournament" on this particular day. I caught the biggest fish and I won the greatest camera of which was being used to take this picture. My Uncle Arthur Lee figured a way to hang all of the fish at one time so that he could clean and we could get this wonderful picture.
As I look at this picture I remembered a
little story about this old wooden boat. This name of this boat was
"Miss Judy." He brought this boat for $1,900.00, which
back in those days was quite a lot of money. It had a Gray Marine slant
head six-gas engine in which I worked on continuously. On this
particular day we had a reporter on board with us taking pictures.
His main goal was to get the information so that he could write a fishing
article about a daughter and father team. Well as you guessed, he
got the story and we were published in fine fashion!
This picture was taken during the time before Captain Helmey was a captain. My father was known as Mr. Sherman Helmey owner and operator of "Helmey's Garage." His nickname at the time was" MOOSE." During this time Daddy allegedly worked with "Big Al Capone." He does in fact dress like a gangster, but who knows. I only know what I was told by many.
My father's garage sold and repaired automobiles. In fact my father was known for his great mechanical ways. I was told that he could take a regular truck or automobile and install secret compartments in which to transport "said Liquor or shipments of sorts." His expertise came in good, because once loading the car or truck down with a so-called shipment it never showed. According to sources my father tampered with the springs making them hold a lot more heavy bulky weight.
Making adjustments and additions to cars and
After getting married to Jerry things did
change. This is when he gave "The Boat" a proper name.
All of his boats became known as "Miss Jerry." After a
while, I came along. Then all boats were either "Miss Jerry"
or Miss Judy." This followed suit even if we had 8 boats.
As I look at these pictures I know for a fact that time does fly. It seem that only yesterday Daddy was my age, which is 52. My father and I are sitting on his new fiberglass boat called of course, "Miss Jerry." This was where he left off and my wonderful adventure into the charter boat business really started. I have to admit time did fly by fast. However, when I look back at where we started, where I have been, and all of the great customers that I have had the pleasure meeting; I really realize how lucky I really am!
Stay tuned...The legacy only continues!
124 Palmetto Dr Savannah, GA 31410
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