From the Waterfront

Rumrunners on the Bay

Nancy Solomon


Solomon, Nancy. “From the Waterfront: Rumrunners on the Bay.” New York Folklore, vol. 40-3-4, 2014, pp. 40-41.


On Long Island, many baymen earned extra money on the side, bringing booze from offshore boats that traveled from the West Indies to the waters offLong Beach. Their small garveys and skiffs were difficult to detect, especially at night, and waiting cars and trucks quickly collected the barrels and boxes of imported liquor.

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