Famous Rum Runner
William “Bill” McCoy
“Founder of Rum Row”-A series of boats that served as bars and platforms for wholesale.
Nickname “The Real McCoy” for not “cutting” his alcohol with any other substance. His alcohol was always said to be very pure.
Sea Captain in Jacksonville, Florida.
Had more than five boats during his height as a rum runner. Most famous boats were the Tomoka and the Henry L. Marshall.
Made $100,000 on average every month while running rum.
On November 24, 1923, “Bill” McCoy was arrested and then incarcerated for nine months. Bill was released on Christmas Eve of 1925.
- After being arrested, “The Real McCoy” retired on his left over rum running earnings and never worked another day, again.
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