Dear Ms. Bernstein,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Seized Vessel Case Files, 1926 - 1935 series in the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) with records pertaining to the SS Eker in Box 24. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
We also located the Files of William R. Vallance, 1931 - 1935 series in the “Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations (Record Group 76) that contains references to the SS Eker. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we located Miscellaneous Civil Case Files, 1917 - 1969 in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) that includes the case titled Margie, Benjamin v. Potter, Elmer C. [Term of Court] [1923 Jan], Case # 2357. This case involves an order that liquor be delivered to a ship named the Margie. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Boston (RE-BO) at email@example.com.
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Next, we searched the internet and located the case Bernstein v. State of Indiana that involves a man named Morris Bernstein. For information about accessing this record, please contact the Indiana Supreme Court Law Library. We also located an article from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated 1 Feb 1927 (on Page 1) and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle 1 Feb 1927 (Page 2) about the capture of the ship Eker, trial, and acquittal.
According to the Gotham Center for New York History, the Kinder/Gertner gang was likely part of the Zwillman-Reinfeld syndicate, a much larger smuggling operation based out of New Jersey. Searching for material related to Zwillman or Reinfeld may prove helpful.
The bibliography of Dr. Lawson’s book titled Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws: Prohibition and New York City may list the repositories and records she used for her research.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you! Have looked into Lawson's bibliography, and unfortunately it's a bit hard to track down her sources, but I'll take another look.