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Rumrunner II

Rumrunner II
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Built in 1929 in New Jersey by Elco during the height of Prohibition this commuter/rumrunner was completely rebuilt by Scarano.  Originally powered with three 600 horsepower Packard aircraft engines which gave her speeds in excess of 50 mph, Scarano re-powered her with twin turbo-charged 350 HP Caterpillar Marine Diesel Power boat engines.  Scarano also did extensive rebuilding of her wooden hull and deck, strengethened her internals and redesigned her superstructure for her new owners who operate her as a charter vessel in and around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

LOA:  58 feet

Type: 1920s commuter/ rumrunner

Year launched: 1929 (by Elco).

Certification:  USCG certified for 49 passengers

Current location: She is being operated by Classic Cruises of Newport in Newport, RI

Trivia: Rum Runner II, was originally built for two New Jersey mobsters to elude the Coast Guard while smuggling liquor.  Whether she ever saw duty is unclear, as prohibition ended soon after her construction.