National Affairs: Johanna Smith

Federal authorities last week boarded and seized the gambling ship Johanna Smith, anchored seven miles off Long Beach, Calif. (TIME, Aug. 27.) A statute of 1793, providing forfeiture of a ship engaged in any trade other than that for which licensed, was invoked. The Johanna Smith, licensed for coastal trade, had 13 gaming tables aboard, 38 slot machines, with fast launches to ferry visitors to and from shore.


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