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Tea & Talks: For the Whales Stuck on a Dry Dock: Canadian Rum Running on the West Coast
August 15, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Join us every other Thursday afternoon for Tea and Talks!
Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique artefacts from our collection, surrounded by discussions of maritime history and other seaworthy topics – all over a cup of tea and refreshments!
This program FREE with museum admission or membership
Prohibition was tried in Canada, with varying specifics from province to province. In BC, it had failed and been abandoned by 1920, resulting in a “wet” province sidled up to the “dry” country of the United States. Determination, desire for profit, and curious loopholes in Canadian law grew an industry of rum running here on the coast. Canadians could load up their vessel with contraband booze and make a tidy sum supplying the American “whales” (big drinkers).
And don’t miss the rest of our Tea & Talk series, every other Thursday at 2:30!