Slow Boat on Rum Row

Author: Fraser Miles
Publisher: Harbour Publishing
Published: 2006

From Baird Maritime:

A delightful autobiography of the well spent youth of a now nonogenarian.

The author financed his university education by working as a deckhand on rum running boats on the west coast of the United States during the Prohibition era in the early 1930s.

A classic adventure story of a poor boy made good, it also gives a great description of the very lucrative rum running business.

Especially interesting for readers of this website are the descriptions of the high-speed boats involved. It is not hard to see their connections with some of the MGBs, MTBs and PT boats of World War II and their later incarnations as patrol boats and crew boats.

A lively, fascinating and well presented story.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing, Canada

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