The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults
Publication:
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2001, p. 33-40


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Lefebvre, Andrew, Author
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Text
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Articles
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Prohibition brought with it opportunities for many people to make easy money in the rum- running business. One ofthe largest problems with enforcing prohibition was that Ontario and the United States enacted similar, but distinct, acts governing the sale, consumption, and manufacture of intoxicating liquors. There are many descriptive names for the period following World War I, "the dry decade", "the lawless decade", "the era of excess", and "the roaring twenties." Each name evokes mental images different in nature but still holding a common influence: prohibition, speakeasies, bootlegging, and all the inherent problems associated with them. This paper will focus on smuggling activity between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. First, there will be an examination of the different laws governing prohibition in Ontario and the United States. Next, there will be a discussion about the smuggling operations. Finally, the role of the US Coast Guard at the Sault will be deliberated.
Date of Publication:
Jul 2001
Date Of Event:
1919-1928
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Language of Item:
English
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Copyright Holder:
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation:
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, XI, No. 3 (July 2001), 33-40.
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Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults
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Prohibition and the Smuggling of Intoxicating Liquors between the Two Saults


Prohibition brought with it opportunities for many people to make easy money in the rum- running business. One ofthe largest problems with enforcing prohibition was that Ontario and the United States enacted similar, but distinct, acts governing the sale, consumption, and manufacture of intoxicating liquors. There are many descriptive names for the period following World War I, "the dry decade", "the lawless decade", "the era of excess", and "the roaring twenties." Each name evokes mental images different in nature but still holding a common influence: prohibition, speakeasies, bootlegging, and all the inherent problems associated with them. This paper will focus on smuggling activity between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. First, there will be an examination of the different laws governing prohibition in Ontario and the United States. Next, there will be a discussion about the smuggling operations. Finally, the role of the US Coast Guard at the Sault will be deliberated.