And everyone knew that the Fire Island ferryboat “Running Wild” and many other craft still on the Bay in the 1950’s and 1960’s had been RUMRUNNER boats, those speedy boats that could outrun the Coast Guard to ferry their illegal booze all around the South Shore of Long Island. This we all knew.
“A speakeasy was an establishment which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920–1932, longer in some states). During this time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States.”
The excerpt below is from a publication of the Stony Brook University Press, chapter entitled “Fire Island – Historical Background-Brief Overview of Fire Island History”
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Citation here: http://www.sunypress.edu/pdf/61562.pdf
This SUNY citation credits a fine book by Madeline C. Johnson "Fire Island, 1650's to 1980's", which in turn cites the SCAA's SALTAIRE book.
Other published works have stated that the Saltaire CASINO served alcohol during Prohibition without properly giving the SCAA book its credit. In fact, the provenance of the story is indeed SCAA's interview of Catherine Imray at page 13 of SALTAIRE
Jim- Please add as rumrunners -the Artemis (South Bay Courier, the original Fire Island Miss. I believe Frank Mina has a picture of both these vessel together on his web site- perhaps you can get a copy to put on the blog-Also the original Fire Island Flyer-started by CSS a shipbuilder - didn't make it as a rumrunner though-too late in time. There was one former ferry from Seaview that the Zegals owned- the Seaviewer. The boat ended going upstate NY somewhere. I think that Sayville Ferry owned one as well.