1928The Coast Guard fired shells across a dragger in a chase around Thacher Island looking for illegal alcohol.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Crime

Thatcher Island Lighthouses, c. 1900. Herman W. Spooner, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 01562
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The Mao IV, a converted submarine chaser, was spotted by the Coast Guard when trying to unload its illicit cargo to the rum-runner schooner Thorndike. The Coast Guard chased the trawler and eventually fired over her bow to stop the vessel. The illegal liquor was found in 5-gallon tins the hatch and fish bins were covered with ice.

Gloucester Daily Times. “Stored Alcohol in Fish Pens.” April 26, 1928, Vol. 63 No. 12780 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/.
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