Rum, Risk, and Riches!The passage of the National Prohibition Act on January 16, 1920 signalled the prohibition of alcohol for general consumption in the United States and provided an opportunity for enterprising Yarmouth businessmen and seamen. Yarmouth-based vessels were perfectly positioned to pick up supplies of alcohol in St. Pierre et Miquelon, Cuba, or the West Indies and to transport it just outside the international 12-mile limit on the east coast of the United States. From there the liquor was usually unloaded onto smaller and faster contact boats that brought it to shore for distribution by organized crime syndicates operating primarily out of Boston, New York, and New Jersey. Rum running, as it became widely known, was a lucrative but dangerous pursuit often involving risky weather conditions, the threat of armed attack and seizure by United States Coast Guard cutters, and piracy at sea!
|Placed By||Yarmouth Waterfront Development Corporation and Others|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||19T E 731586 N 4858618|
|Decimal Degrees||43.84433333, -66.11903333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 43° 50.66', W 66° 7.142'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||43° 50' 39.6" N, 66° 7' 8.52" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Yarmouth County Rail Trail, Yarmouth Nova Scotia B5A 1K9, CA|
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