Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod

"Just Spotted"  by William R. Davis
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Exhibit

Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod

HYANNIS, MA—Importing alcohol into the United States was a risky business between 1920 and 1933, one that drew in Cape Cod sailors and captains, Coast Guard seamen and officers, gangsters and code breakers. Throughout the “Roaring Twenties” the waterways of Cape Cod were the scene of a cat and mouse game played between souped up speedboats built specially for the “wet” trade in illegal liquor, and the Coast Guard ships and boats charged with keeping America “dry”.

“Risky Business: Rum Running on Cape Cod” exhibit provides a look at another Cape Cod, where shootouts on the beaches, high-speed chases in the night with no running lights, and murder on the high seas were all part of this very risky business. The exhibit opens on July 10th and runs through December 15th.


On a unique and compelling site on Hyannis Harbor, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum serves as a focal point for the Cape and Island's maritime tradition. Boat building, cultural exhibits, maritime festivals, marine artifacts, shipwrecks, children’s programs and more flow in and out of the museum building on a year-round basis. Outreach programs and collaborations with area schools, museums, historical societies and arts institutions throughout Cape Cod continue to grow, promising new and exciting opportunities to share the maritime experience with residents and visitors alike.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum is dedicated to celebrating, preserving and interpreting Cape Cod’s maritime past, present and future, and inspiring passion and respect for the sea and how it continues to shape Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum 135 South Street Hyannis, MA 02601 508-775-1723

Joanne Harrington
Program Coordinator
Cape Cod Maritime Museum