A historical documentary based on the rum runner shoot out of 1929 will be filmed later this year in Newport and across Rhode Island, and will feature the  1920’s Newport Rum Runner “Black Duck”.

The dramatized documentary film centers around the life and exploits of Charles Travers who, at age 23, was captain of the Black Duck rum runner in 1929 when it was involved in an infamous shoot-out with the U.S. Coast Guard off Newport Harbor, according to an announcement provided to What’sUpNewp on Monday. The incident set off public outrage and protests across the country when it became known that the rum runners were unarmed and had essentially been ambushed on a foggy December night by a rogue U.S. Coast Guard captain.

Film director Paul Madden joined me on this edition of The Open Forum on AM 1540 WADK to discuss the incident and the upcoming film.


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Historical documentary to be filmed in Newport about the life & times of Rhode Island rum runners