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Título: Slow Boat on Rum Row
Editorial: Harbour Publishing
Año de publicación: 1992
Ilustrador: Photos & John Waldin painting
Condición del libro: New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: New
Edición: 1st Edition
1992 FIRST EDITION , 1st printing, Hardcover book in oDJ . BRAND NEW from 1992 publisher . Never oepend , Never owned , Never marked . Handsome heavy book, steel blue cloth over boards with Gold gilt title impressed onto spine, in matching glossy color jacket with painting by John Waldin on front cover , and color photograph on back of author in present day with one of his wooden boats . 270 pages with 8 appendices + graph ; illustrated with B&W historical photographs of some of the ships and the people involved . The writer of this book, his first, is Fraser Miles . a colorful figure who, like many, engaged in ' rum running ' during Prohibition . smuggling liquor out of Canada to the thirsty Americans in the 1920s and 1930s during Prohibition . Miles made enough money from his daring escapades to put himself thorugh college and earn a degree in electronics ! . For many years he was the General Manager of Engineering in British Columbia of the BC Hydro and Power Authority, where he worked on such projects as the huge Peace River Dam . He retired to Vancouver , where he kept up his interest in boat building . and took the time to compile this history of the thrillinly dangerous days on the rum boats . For hundreds of men in the Great Depression in the late 1920s and 30s, the only way they could survive was by becoming 'criminals' . working on the ' fireboats ' , which ran rum . smuggled liquor. To this day it is an episode in history about which little is known outside of these men, many of them gone now, who told their stories belatedly to their own families. The rum runner's motto while they were smuggling was " Don't never tell nothin' to nobody nohow " . It was not only 'easy' money . well, easy if you weren't shot and didn't get caught ! . it was the greatest adventure an young man could have, being a sort of pirate of old on the high seas in modern times . Miles was still in his teens when he went to sea on the Ruth B. . and found among the crooks and bootleggers, some swells . ' high type fellas ' . Fraser was not only daring enough to keep a diary of his experiences, but to photograph many of his fellow rumrunners and bootleggers at work, and to keep those photographs for posterity . They are here in this book. It pays fascinating tribute to the unsung heroes of an inglorious industry. Miles says " Rum runners, as a group, made the sphinx sound like a chatterbox" . Finally, the silence is lifted, and the story is told. There are photos of the different ships, including a US Coast Guard cutter, nicknamed the Polecats by the smugglers . and of the men aboard the rum running ships, identified by name, both ships and some of the men . Fraser grew up in Mission , British Columbia, upriver from Vancouver . and set sail out of BC in and around Vancouver . In addition to the stories as they unfolded from his diary, each appendix contains an astonishing wealth of information : The transcript of an interview with a fellow smuggler, Clarence Greenan : The Rum Running Life ; another with Jack Adams - Improbable rum running experiences ; The rum runner's activity from 1920 - 1933 , including a table showing the activity of number of ships engaged from 1922 - 33 ; A chart of Coast Guard radio direction findings, which they used to hone in on the radios of the rum ships ; The story of the Seizure of the Kagome , December 31, 1932 ; Clyde and Walt of the Ryou II - from the Coast Guard report from 1923 ; A list of Canadian rum running ships from 1922 - 1933 , their names and sizes ; including some which were American and others; and some which were not strictly speaking rum runners but which Fraser says played a part in the lively trade . and more . Photos include ships and boats Aratapu , Ryou II , Lillehorn , Malahat , Ruth B , an American shoreboat , a Canadian Coast Guard ship , Ragna in Vancouver Harbour 1938 , US Coast Guard cutter CG 827 ex US. N° de ref. de la librería 6882
Sinopsis: Growing up in BC during the 1920s, young Fraser Miles never knew anything but poverty. There was no social stigma to being poor - most of his neighbours were not much better off - but in his late teens Miles began to look for a way to finance a career in the growing field of radio electronics.
Not long after he was hired as radio operator on the Ruth B, the young man noticed that the alleged fishpacker was packing anything but fish. These were the Prohibition years; there was less money in freezing herring than there was in smuggling liquor to the thirsty multitudes south of the border.
Slow Boat on Rum Row begins as a fascinating memoir of Fraser Miles' youth in the fledgling community of Mission on the Fraser River, a rugged milieu where beachcombing and cougar hunting were more important than high school in teaching a boy the hard facts of survival.
Miles' account of his years on the rumboats, always one step, ahead of the law, is an exciting story of survival at sea. It is also a valuable addition to an episode of coast history that is little documented. After all, "rum runners, as a group," Miles writes, "made the Sphinx sound like a chatterbox."
Biografía del autor: Fraser Miles made enough money from, rum running to go to college and earn a degree in electronics. For many years he was the Assistant General Manager (Engineering) of the BC Hydro and Power Authority, working on projects such as the Peace River Dam. He is now retired and living in West Vancouver, where he pursues his current interest in boat building. Slow Boat on Rum Row is his first book.
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