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Storm El Ninio has exposed a shipwreck with a very unusual story! - video

The SS Monte Carlo sank in 1936, but before that she played an interesting episode in the history of the United States during the Prohibition period. The ship anchored in international waters, where it operated as… a floating casino, bar and brothel! In this way its owners circumvented the laws of the time, which prohibited
Published: February 11, 2016 - 20:21
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 12:54
Storm El Ninio has exposed a shipwreck with a very unusual story! – video

The SS Monte Carlo sank in 1936, but before that she played an interesting episode in the history of the United States during the Prohibition period. The ship anchored in international waters, where it operated as… a floating casino, bar and brothel! In this way its owners circumvented the laws of the time, which prohibited gambling, alcohol consumption and prostitution.

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If you watch films about gangsters, smugglers or lawmen in the 1930s, you realise that the ingenuity of both was enormous. Wherever “basic” goods are forbidden, there are always a few people who decide to take advantage of the situation and make a good profit. No wonder, then, that in addition to the many den houses, bars and brothels located in various parts of the city, in basements, back rooms, etc., someone came up with the ingenious idea of taking guests with a sufficiently large wallet to international waters, where US law does not apply.

PAY-SS-Monte-Carlo

The SS Monte Carlo anchored outside US waters, in the Coronado area of California. She could be boarded under cover of darkness, using one of the many small boats that offered to carry passengers.

The ship’s fame grew rapidly and there was never a shortage of guests. There were even Hollywood stars such as Mae West and Clarck Gable on board (and probably many other celebrities who, however, valued their privacy enough not to officially appear on board the floating casino).

Everything was going well for the lovers of gambling, stimulants and paid love until the last day of 1936. The SS Monte Carlo was put out of action on New Year’s Eve by a powerful storm. The wreck washed ashore on 1 January 1937, but was quickly swallowed up by shifting sands and disappeared from the eyes of Californians for good. Recently, a powerful storm has exposed the remains of the wreck, making it once again an attraction for local residents and tourists.

PAY-SS-Monte-Carlo (1)

Rumour has it that on that fateful 31st December 1936, $100,000 in silver coins went down with the ship. There are several people in the USA who are seriously interested in the history of the floating “pleasure palace”, as it was called, and they have already announced that they will take the opportunity to obtain as much information as possible about this unusual episode from the turbulent Prohibition period of the 1930s.

Source: mirror.co.uk

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