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The 'Jane Carlyn' is shown here freshly launched and leaving the Diesel Engine Sales Co. docks in St. Augustine, Florida. Roland Styron stands at the bow of his brand new 65' wooden shrimp boat. Capt. Styron had a fish house in Hobucken, N.C. beside the R.O. Mayo fish house and later operated a fleet of shrimp boats that travelled as far south as the Florida Keys. Diesel Engine Sales Co. (DESCO) was a the leading builder of shrimp boats in the US and built 2272 wooden fishing vessels between 1943 and 1982. Photo taken in 1944. View full size.