EDNA L., Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1941
The "EDNA L." from Wildwood Crest, NJ circa 1941. Built in 1930 by Kofoed Boat Works at Keyport, NJ as the prohibition rumrunner "LILY OF THE VALLEY", her lapstrake construction consisted of one inch thick cedar planking, and was originally powered by a pair of surplus World War I Liberty aircraft engines. These engines were very practical for rumrunner boats as they were readily available at a low cost, were very lightweight, required only the addition of a marine clutch during outfitting. Such boats were able to produce a speed of 35 knots with a full load of 500 cases of bootleg liquor. When her rum-running days were over, she was sold to Captain Bill Little who installed more conventional engines and renamed her the "EDNA L.". She then sailed daily to the fishing grounds from Wildwood Crest, NJ.