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Cruising "Boozing" Dinner Download as iCal file
Thursday 28 March 2019, 17:30
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RVYC’s Cruising “Boozing” Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Historian Rick James Presents the Real Story of West Coast Rum Running   

It was the radio operator, Fraser “Sparky” Miles, aboard the “distributor boat” Ryou II, who pointed out that rum runners as a group made the Sphinx sound like a chatterbox. “It allowed the business to flourish in obscurity at the time, but left an impossible job for later historians trying to research Pacific Coast rum running, especially as the active participants didn’t write anything down either,” he said.

The thousands who were involved in our West Coast booze trade all kept their mouths well shut long after U.S. Prohibition was over and done with in December 1933. Still, thankfully, a handful stepped forward much later in life to tell their tales, going into some detail in explaining how the whole operation ran.

With PowerPoint photos from his latest book, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running, historian Rick James will explain what really went down in BC during these years by bringing together information gathered from newspapers, magazines, archival records, oral-history recordings and accounts of all those who did finally write it all down. Indeed, Rick’s research came across a 1924 newspaper account where a local reporter described the waters of Haro Strait as filled with “Oases of Scotch in Desert of Sea.”


Photo by Patrick Lawson.

Rick’s informative and entertaining book will be for sale before and after dinner.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

No host cocktails 17:30; Dinner 18:30; Presentation 19:30

Members & guests: $30 pp—includes dinner, dessert and coffee, gratuities and taxes.

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