google "the inland seas maritime museum" in vermilion ohio. they are totally devoted to great lakes history. the museum is physically closed as they are moving to toledo ohio, but they are open i'm sure otherwise. i'm good friends w/ the director chris gillhcrest the director. just drop my name & he'll help you. vermilion is steeped in bootleg booze history smuggled in from canada, we even had a bar called bootleggers!! i've heard accounts of coast guard gun boats cruising the vermilion river during prohibition. vermilion has the largest fresh water boating port on lake erie. leamington canada is dead north. there is a restaurant in lorain ohio where there is a tunnel from the building to the lake to take in the hooch. nowdays the dept of homeland security, border patrol, coast guard, local sheriff's dept all have boats in vermilion that patrol the border on lake erie, only now for rag head terrorists & dope smugglers, & illegal aliens trying to sneak across. the govt presence is pretty active, which must speak fairly well for the boot leg activity of the 20's / 30's
i'll help you where i can.