Boat Model, Express Boat Augusta Raymond, 1929

This model represents a launch named Augusta Raymond. Launches and other small speedboats were used during Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s to smuggle liquor into the United States. The Augusta Raymond would arrive near the shore, and then transfer goods to faster boats that smuggled them to shore. Powered by twin-screw gasoline engines, the Augusta Raymond was designed by John Alden and built in 1929 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Built in 1964 from Smithsonian plans by Donald Rosencrantz, the model represents a boat 127 feet long and 21 feet wide.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cargo boat
express boat, rigged model
date made
overall: 16 in x 48 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 40.64 cm x 123.19 cm x 21.59 cm
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Ship Models
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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