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Peter Kelly and Captain John Kelly, interviewed by John Kelly, Jr.


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William Cavallini, interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, May 16, 1997, in Harwich, Massachusetts. Cavallini discusses his experiences rum-running on the coast of Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia during Prohibition; operating the radio on rum-running boats beginning 1930; packaging of liquor; unloading at night; locations where liquor was unloaded; recollections of Meteghan, Nova Scotia; boat specifications; pay; killing of rumrunners; pastimes when not running rum; names of rum-running boats; evading the Coast Guard; changes to rum-running after Prohibition ended; operating radios on shore; hiding liquor; and individuals involved in the rum-running business. Images RESTRICTED until 2075. Text: 59 pp. transcript, plus 41 pp. memoir. Recording: C 1562 - C 1564. Photos: P08094 - P08145.


  • Creation: May 16, 1997


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From the Collection: 52 image files (digital)

From the Collection: 2 text files (digital)

From the Collection: 5 audio files (digital)

From the Collection: 1 box

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


0858 Peter Kelly and Captain John Kelly, interviewed by John Kelly Jr. (nephew/son), August 11, 14, 21, and 24, 1974, Quincy, Massachusetts. P. Kelly talks about “Uncle” Tom Kelly and rum running in Quincy, MA. Captain Kelly talks about his experiences as a fisherman; fishing during the Depression. Also included: there a few notes from John Kelly to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives. Text: 29 pp. brief catalogs for each. Recording: T 0809 - T 0814 3 hours.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States