February 28, 2012
By LARRY SMITH
Here's to the bootleggers of the Bahamas,
Who sit on rye kegs, resting feet on beer kegs,
Singing 'yes, we want no bananas'.
- bootlegger's toast
Ever heard of the Bahama Queen?
Not a mailboat, but a flesh and blood woman who, for a few years during the "Roaring Twenties", became an international celebrity as a bootlegger in Nassau.
Gertrude Lythgoe was the only woman to hold a wholesale liquor license here - at a time when women were to be seen and not heard.
Her autobiography has just been republished - along with the memoirs of several other rum-runners - by Flat Hammock Press, which says its mission is to is "to salvage many of th ...
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News date : 02/28/2012 Category : Tribune Stories