The Boats of the Rum-Runners, 1924

Rum-Runners smuggling liquor on motor boat. The boat's development was an economic one, the rum runners needed faster boats!

During the Prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. (1920-1933) rum and other hard liqueurs were frequently smuggled in by boat. Red Hook was one place among many in which the smugglers operated.

Henrry Clay Foster in a 1924 Motor Boating magazine article, wrote, with a focus not on drink but on speed, how smugglers' want for faster boats quickly spurred innovation.  The zippier boats soon became popular with sportsmen as well.

Date:

Oct. 1924

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Sources:

  • Henry Clay Foster, "The Boats of the Rum Runners" Motor Boating, October 1924.  (Google books)

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