|Catalog: Rum Row||
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In the years of Prohibition (1920-1933) the citizens of the United States were
ready to drink anything—and
to do or pay anything to
get a drink. Easy money was there for those who could supply a parched nation with liquor.
The rum-runners, as they became known, employed
vessels of all descriptions and set out from ports in Europe, the Bahamas,
Cuba, Jamaica, even the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, loaded with Scotch, rye, bourbon, gin, champagne and brandy, and headed for the major cities of the United States.
This flotilla rode at anchor outside the limits of
U.S. law enforcement, their holds wide open, ready, willing and able to do
with anyone. The string of floating liquor stores became known as "Rum Row."
To the rum-runner, the enormous profits outweighed
the dangers posed by hijackers who would stop at nothing to steal cash and
and, of course, the Coast Guard. The actions of these intrepid men—and women—kept America wet for nearly 14 years
and eventually forced Prohibition's repeal.
Rum Row is the story of thrilling and dangerous times on ship and shore.
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