The Shootout that Ended Prohibition
Rum Runner II will be featured as THE BLACK DUCK.
Built in 1929 in New Jersey by Elco during the height of Prohibition this commuter/rumrunner was completely rebuilt. Originally powered with three 600 horsepower Packard aircraft engines which gave her speeds in excess of 50 mph, She was re-powered with twin turbo-charged 350 HP Caterpillar Marine Diesel Power boat engines. Extensive rebuilding of her wooden hull and deck, strengethened her internals and redesigned her superstructure for her new owners who operate her as a charter vessel in and around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.
LOA: 58 feet
Type: 1920s commuter/ rumrunner
Year launched: 1929 (by Elco).
Certification: USCG certified for 49 passengers
Current location: She is being operated by Classic Cruises of Newport in Newport, RI
Trivia: Rum Runner II, was originally built for two New Jersey mobsters to elude the Coast Guard while smuggling liquor. Whether she ever saw duty is unclear, as prohibition ended soon after her construction.
72' Classic Schooner Madeline will be featured as a delivery vessel offshore on "Rum Row"