From: Winnipeg, MB
Actually it's not so OT. The USCG was "fighting" (although not commonly sometimes it did involve shooting) a war up to 1935 against many nations who were smuggling liquor into the US, Initially smuggling of liquor actually increased after Prohibition was repealed since the gangsters didn't like paying taxes. During Prohibition 30 USN destroyers were temporarily transferred to the USCG to help enforce it. Thus the officers and men of the USCG were more experienced in real naval operations than those of the USN who mostly spent the years between 1918 and 1941 practicing to re-fight Jutand (along with most of the IJN). In any case the officer and crew experiences of the USCG cutters in both the game and all the Mods are lower than the USN's whereas they probably should be considerably higher (USCG cutters sank several of the first U-Boats sunk in the Atlantic by American forces).
(BTW a famous Prohibition Era incident involved the USCG and a Canadian ahip (even if one of the owners was Al Capone), the I'm Alone).
I said slightly OT because the post was not about the game WITP-AE, which is the forum's purpose.
I think there were other Canadian boats involved with the USCG during prohibition. IIRC one of the smuggling routes was for shallow-draft ships to haul from Canada to the Bahamas and drop at one of the many small islands there. Plentiful reefs and shoals kept the bigger USCG vessels out. A US registered boat would then move the contraband to the mainland.
Canada got a significant economic boost from prohibition, but it came with mobsters setting up shop in Montreal too. The mob in turn recruited Biker gangs after WWII to perform some of their operations - like a contract. The bikers are killing off each other regularly in their turf wars, and of course sometimes innocents get caught in the crossfire/bombing.
The fact that current drug cartels can afford to buy expensive subs and accept that some will be intercepted with their cargoes of drugs or cash tells you how much profit there is in the drug business. The misery and death that follows the entire chain of the production, transportations and consumption of these poisons is why I detest the use of the addictive drugs for "recreational purposes". Go USCG and CCG!
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