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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: 1922

1922 - April

Krazy Kat IIa 60-foot motor boat, was captured by the Coast Guard after it ran aground in Jones Inlet near Freeport in April 1922.  $10,000 was found in and around the boat.  Arrested were: Theodore Synett of the Hotel McAlpin, Manhattan; Joseph Lazardo, 693 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn; and John Dizick of 709 First Avenue, Brooklyn.  According to a newspaper account, the boat left from Sandy Hook for Freeport when it encountered rough seas.   Residents of Freeport saw the signals of distress and contacted the Coast Guard.  When Coast Guard Station 88 arrived at the scene, they found 100 cases and 25 burlap packages of whiskey.  The three men were taken to Freeport, treated for exposure to the elements, and arrested.

On May 5, 1922, United States Commissioner Edmund D. Hennessey freed all three men.

 

Source:

"Alleged Smugglers Released in Court." The Brooklyn Standard Union.  May 5, 1922, 3.  Accessed September 18, 2018. www.newspapers.com.

"Frees Krazy Kat Crew." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 5, 1922, 2. Accessed September 18, 2018. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/56914480/?terms=krazy.

"Rescue and Arrested Three Men Aboard Rum-Running Boat." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  April 27, 1922, 1. Accessed September 18, 2018. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/57557682/?terms=Dizick.

"Sixty in Peril Over Bootleg Volcano." The New York Times. April 28, 1922, 19. Accessed September 17, 2018. www.newspapers.com.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 18, 2018

1922 - July

A speakeasy located on South Columbus Avenue in Bennington Park was raided after a policeman overheard a man saying that he "had a real drink in there."  Forty patrons fled the establishment and the proprietor, Salvador Fiscella, and his wife were arrested.

Source:

"Gets Drink, Praises It; Cop Hears, Then Raid."  The Evening World. July 31, 1922, 2. Accessed December 9, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030193/1922-07-31/ed-1/seq-2/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 9, 2019.

1922 - November

The Bijon was a motorboat from Freeport that was captured by the Prohibition cutter Hahn and found to have $30,000 worth of liquor onboard.  The Bijon was found floundering in heavy seas.  Another government cutter, the Manhattan, took the Bijon's two crewmen into custody.  Efforts by government agents to locate the Bijon's mother ship beyond the three mile limit were unsuccessful.

Source:

"Liquor Seized On Alien Ships Tied at Dock." New-York Tribune. November 16, 1922, 2. Accessed September 18, 2018. www.newspapers.com.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 18, 2018.

1922 - December

Prohibition agents James R. Kerrigan and Frank J. Hale reported that $1.7 million of liquor was dumped into the ocean off the shoreline of Freeport by the crew as a protest against the cargo's New York owners concerning their lack of food and water . After the whiskey was dumped, the ship returned to the Bahamas.

Source:

"Liquor Dumped Into the Ocean." The Boston Globe. December 14, 1922, 28.  Accessed September 17, 2018. www.newspapers.com.

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 18, 2018.

1922 - December

A raid on a shack located on Swift Creek uncovered thirty-three ten gallon casks of whiskey, as well as eight casks that each contained six quart bottles of whiskey, and twenty-four cases of imported gin.

Source:

"$22,000 Liquor Cargo Seized at Freeport: Whiskey and Gin Found Hidden in Shack."  The Evening World. December 28, 1922. 18. Accessed December 9, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030193/1922-12-28/ed-1/seq-18/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 8, 2019.

1922 - December

The Philadelphia  sloop, Edna Brown, was captured and held by prohibition agents James R. Kerrigan and Frank J. Hale in Freeport. The ship was reported to have 150 cases of liquor on board.  Captain Marc Jensen and his crew of three were held by the agents.

Source:

"Sloop Seized with 150 Cases of Liquor Aboard." The Washington Herald. December 4, 1922, 3. Accessed September 8, 2018. www.newspapers.com.

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 18, 2018.

1922 - May