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Oregon Shanghaiers

Columbia River Crimping From Portland to Astoria

Blalock, Barney

(Book - 2014)
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Oregon Shanghaiers
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In the hardscrabble early days of Portland's seaport,"shanghaiing" or "crimping" ran rampant. The proprietors of crooked saloons and sailors' boardinghouses coerced unwitting patrons to work on commercial ships. Shanghaiers like James Turk, Bunko Kelley and Billy Smith unashamedly forced men into service and stole the wages of their victims. By the 1890s, these shanghaiers had become powerful enough to influence the politics of Astoria and Portland, charging sea captains outrageous fees for unskilled laborers and shaping maritime trade around a merciless black market. For nearly a century, the exploits of these notorious crimpers have existed mainly in lore. Now historian Barney Blalock offers a lively and meticulously researched account ofthese colorful and corrupt men, revealing an authentic account of Oregon's malicious maritime legends.
Publisher: Charleston ;, London :, The History Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781626194304
1626194300
Branch Call Number: 979.549 B637o 2014
Characteristics: 159 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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In the hardscrabble early days of Portland’s seaport, “shanghaiing” or “crimping” ran rampant. The proprietors of crooked saloons and sailors’ boarding houses coerced unwitting patrons to work on commercial ships.


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