The 75-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter CG-290 battled a moderate gale as she patrolled off Montauk Point, the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, on Christmas Eve 1930. Standing in to Fort Pond Bay at the start of the midwatch on Christmas morning, Officer-in-Charge Boatswain Alexander C. Cornell took CG-290 toward the yacht club landing there. Stabbing into the stormy darkness, the cutter’s searchlight beam starkly illuminated men offloading a cargo of liquor from a rumrunner. Caught red-handed, the disconcerted smugglers scattered pell-mell at the cutter’s approach, while a second, larger runner—the 100-foot Audrey B.—began moving away from the dock.
Historic Fleets - ‘Successful from Every Point of View’
By Robert J. Cressman