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Posted by Nate Goldman on Saturday, February 16th 2019:

I have very pleasant memories of Sheepshead Bay, and Emmons Avenue. I used to see the fishing boats come in with their catches of flounder, and mackerel fish, coming into shore, after a day of fishing. Fresh fish was for sale, from some of those boats. I never went out on those fishing boats, but I knew people who did. I once heard a story, that during World War Two, a fishing boat left Sheepshead Bay and was fishing a few miles off the coast. I don't know exactly how far the boat was from the coast. All of a sudden, a German U-Boat surfaced nearby, and the Captain in perfect English, stated that he wanted to buy some fish for his crew. I don't think that the fisherman had any choice, but they gave them fish, and the submarine left. The incident could have occurred, because during the early part of the war, (prior to any effective anti-submarine tactics being implemented), U-boats were sinking our merchant marine fleet only a few miles off the coast of New Jersey, and Long Island.

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