Rum running and Mardi Gras–the two things that are going to occupy my weekend (and fellowship essays, but that’s not as fun). Mardi Gras speaks for itself. As for rum running–CBC TV’s Land and Sea is premiering “Rum Running,” a new half-hour documentary, this Sunday at high noon.
According to the film’s press release:
Rum Running… reveals how law abiding citizens of Atlantic Canada were lured into the alcohol smuggling trade. The film depicts the high stakes role that Nova Scotia and the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon played during the era. Every month rum runners from the Maritimes, would deliver up to 300,000 cases of alcohol–rum whisky, wine, and other liquors–from St. Pierre to America’s notorious ‘Rum Row’ off the US northeast coast. This thriving trade injected much needed money into dozens of Maritime communities during tough economic times and made many individuals rich…
Remnants from the rum running era are still visible today in the names of restaurants, hotels, and streets in towns like Lunenburg. Houses built with money from rum running still stand in testament to the overnight fortunes that were made. Even expressions uttered by rum runners, like “the Real McCoy” in reference to pure liquor, are still used today.”
Sounds like a fitting complement to all you Boardwalk Empire devotees! In any case, Land and Sea is a fantastic series that produces great documentaries [see this earlier post]. “Rum Running” looks to be a great addition to the series.