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Once upon a time, whiskey was outlawed and declared contraband. And in the northwest, the enforcer of the law is Captain A. L. Lonsdale. The U. S. Coast Guard called him “Grandad” by friend and foe alike. He faced seemingly insurmountable odds in his campaign against smugglers. He captured so many ships that the government had to auction them off cause because there was out of space and, of course, Grandad just had to run them down again. He had many thrilling adventures during that period when chasing the speedy smugglers of the rum running fleet.
Scotch and Water written by Adrian L. Lonsdale is a fictional story based on the career of his grandfather Lorenz A. Lonsdale, chief warrant officer for the U.S. Coast Guard. It tells about the sea phase of rum-running on Puget Sound from British Columbia, Canada, to Seattle, Washington, during the years 1920 to 1926. The government assumed that because penalties were so stiff, there would be few violations of the Volstead Act. To the public, rum-running was a respectable crime. There was little support for effective enforcement. Consequently, the only effective barrier on Puget Sound was one small antiquated Coast Guard cutter, the Sentinel. It was commanded by Chief Boatswain Karl Hirsch, known on both sides of the law as Grandad.
In the beginning, boats designed for other purposes took their operators across the strait to Canada, took a few cases of booze, and disposed of the cargo quietly. They were argonauts who explore the commercial possibilities of violating the Eighteenth Amendment. One of these men is Fortune Landeck, a former shipmate and a friend of Grandad. But now, they are on opposite sides of the law. Fresh out of the navy, Christian Lance, a young quartermaster reports to the Sentinel. But the morale of its crew is low and it’s being corrupted by the leadership of the second-in-command, Will Sylvia. Lance almost joins the party, but his sense of duty is too strong. In Seattle, Deputy Sheriff Johnson, who had learned the intricacies of the trade, foresees the tremendous profit potential of an efficiently managed enterprise. He forms a rum-running syndicate and begins to undercut all competition. Despite warnings from Grandad, Landeck joins the new organization. Grandad plods along in his twelve-knot cutter. His efforts are undermined from within as well as without. But through persistence and cleverness, he continues to be a sore spot to the syndicate. Due to his honesty and cunning stewardship, the Sentinel compiled a record of captures matched by no other seagoing unit in the Northwest.
Scotch and Water presents to readers a compelling story of characters violating an ‘unjust law—the intrigue, pursuits, the loves and the lives of the participants, and the disastrous results for nearly all of them. The portrayal of these characters and their participation in the described events are as imagined by the author based on sketchy information at his disposal.
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About the Author
A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy (1950), Captain Adrian L. Lonsdale is a third generation coastguardsman. Lonsdale’s father and grandfather both served as Coast Guard officers in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and in Alaska. He served for numerous sea cutters during his tour of duty. In 1955, he was commanding officer of the Coast Guard Loran Station on Attu Island in Alaska. From 1955 to 1957, he was a search and rescue coordinator in Boston, Mass. He became the executive officer to the captain of the Port of Boston. He also served four years as press officer for the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington DC. He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in January 1966. During 1968 and 1969, he served in Vietnam as Commander, Gulf of Thailand Surveillance Group, and Senior Naval Advisor, Fourth Coastal Zone. Before his retirement in 1978, he did tours as the commanding officer of the Icebreaker EDISTO and commander of the Coast Guard group headquartered in Portland, Maine. After his retirement, he owned and operated Northeast Maritime, a Coast Guard Merchant Marine License prep school in New Bedford, Mass. Lonsdale also sailed in mate positions on transatlantic container ships. He was captain of a coastal tanker and finished his seagoing career as relief captain of the University of Rhode Island Research Ship Endeavor. He has testified as a maritime expert in numerous court cases. He has coauthored two books: A Guide to Sunken Ships in American Waters (Compass Publications) and Voyager Beware (Rand McNally). He is a contributing author to Handbook of Ocean and Underwater Engineering (McGraw-Hill). In addition, Lonsdale has had numerous articles and stories published in national publications such as True Boating, Motor Boating, Popular Boating, Sea Frontiers, National Fisherman, Naval Institute Proceedings, and Sea Classics. He and his wife reside in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
Scotch and Water * by Adrian L. Lonsdale
Publication Date: December 5, 2012
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