Long Island

A number of interesting Prohibition era stories come from Long Island.

  • Perhaps the most interesting of these is from 1924. Police had apparently been hearing rumors that liquor was being smuggled into the country near Long Island by way of submarine. One evening they spotted one such “submarine” and followed it most of the night only to discover in the morning that what they had been chasing was, in fact, a porpoise (“Dries Chase 'Submarine;' Proves to Be a Porpoise”, Washington Post).

  • While the above story is rather humorous, others from the Prohibition era are not as funny. That same year, 1924, the New York Times ran a story about the frequency with which armed rum runners stopped random cars on Long Island roads to steal from any that might be carrying liquor. The article proclaimed in bold print: “WOMEN AFRAID TO DRIVE.”


AUTOISTS COMPLAIN OF LIQUOR HUNTERS, New York Times (1857-Current file); May 31, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 – 2004), pg. 17

Dries Chase 'Submarine;' Proves to Be a Porpoise, The Washington Post (1877-1954); May 8, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 – 1991), pg. 1