The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running
by Rick James
Maritime historian Rick James separates fact from fiction in this authoritative look into BC’s rum-running past.
When: Wednesday, November 14
Where: Clayoquot Sound Theatre
Hosted by: Harbour Publishing
Maritime historian Rick James has been researching what really went down along the West Coast during prohibition. He has recently released a book on the subject titled Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running (Harbour Publishing, $32.95) and will be touring Vancouver Island. He will be in Tofino giving a presentation at the Tofino-Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre (380 Campbell St) on Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Mermaid Tales Bookshop.
Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How is a lively volume in which James separates fact from fiction, taking an authoritative look into BC’s rum-running past. Contrary to popular perception, rum running along the Pacific was usually carried out in a relatively civilized manner, with an oh-so-Canadian politeness on the British Columbian side. But there were indeed shootouts, hijackings and even a particularly gruesome murder associated with the business.
Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How is impeccably researched, and James draws on first-hand accounts from old-time rum-runners, the often-sensational newspaper coverage of the day and his expert knowledge of the various vessels that speckled the coast—from beaten-up fish boats to ocean-going steamers. In addition, he offers astute commentary on the parallels between the prohibition of alcohol and the regulation of recreational drugs such as marijuana. In Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How, James has brought history alive, making it relevant to British Columbians today.