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Rum row

Pacific Coast offshore rum-runner Malahat

A rum row was a Prohibition-era term (1920-1933) referring to a line of ships loaded with liquor anchored beyond the maritime limit of the United States. The maritime limit was three miles prior to April 21, 1924, and 12 miles thereafter. These lines became established near major U.S. ports so that rum runners could load cargoes of alcoholic beverages from these freight ships and sneak them into port. This lucrative but dangerous business was often punctuated by murder, hijackings and other violent crimes. The cities were often in Florida at first and the product was rum from the Caribbean. However, as the importation of whiskey from Canada increased, rum rows became established in locations along all the coastlines of the U.S. Notable rum-row locations included the New Jersey coast (by far the largest), San Francisco, Virginia, Galveston, and New Orleans.[1][2] Twenty American navy destroyers were turned over to the Coast Guard to fight rum runners.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Coulombe (2005), pg. 219
  2. ^ Haley (2006), pg. 475
  3. ^ Austin C. Lescarboura. "The battle of rum row". Popular Mechanics Jun 1926. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 


  • Coulombe, Charles A. (2005). Rum: The Epic Story of the Drink That Conquered the World. Kensington Publishing.  
  • Haley, James L. (2006). Passionate nation: the epic history of Texas. Simon and Schuster.  

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