Episode 91: Smollop: Shanghaied Kellys

It’s getting them naked and putting them in blankets that is my new sticking point.

–Gareth

 

 

 

Shanghaiing, aka crimping, aka more legal slavery and human trafficking, because ‘Murcia.

Sigh.

 

example of wooden cigar store Indian, Denison, Iowa, from the LOC

example of wooden cigar store Indian, Denison, Iowa, from the LOC

Maritime history of California

 

Wicked Portland:: The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town * Finn J. D. John

The Oregon Shanghaiers: Columbia River Crimping from Astoria to Portland * Barney Blalock

Portland’s Lost Waterfront:: Tall Ships, Steam Mills and Sailors’ Boardinghouses * Barney Blalock

 

The Shanghai Tunnels in Portland, Oregon--now alleged to be haunted: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_tunnels

The Shanghai Tunnels in Portland, Oregon–now alleged to be haunted: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_tunnels

The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco: A Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags * Charles F. Adams

So, you slip a guy opium, laudanum, and whatnot, drop him through a trapdoor, strip him naked, wrap him up into a stoned sailor burrito...and then expect him to help navigate one of these? High hopes, buddy.

So, you slip a guy opium, laudanum, and whatnot, drop him through a trapdoor, strip him naked, wrap him up into a stoned sailor burrito…and then expect him to help navigate one of these? High hopes, buddy.

James “Shanghai” Kelly

Joseph “Bunko” Kelly

 

Shanghai comedy by Laurel and Hardy and Hal Roach: The Ghost Ship (1934)

I was hoping to find this short film online, but couldn’t. The Library of Congress has a copy, but not available on their site. Please let me know if you locate a copy, and I’ll link to it, and you, with gratitude.

 

Bands from this episode:

  • Amazon Rum
  • OpiumCigar
  • Shanghai Smoke
  • Trapdoor Crimp (one hit wonder: “Walking the Room”, but that track was huge–stayed on the charts for 206 weeks, I think–I have a huge crush on that one guy in TC with the pompadour)
  • Blue Tommy
  • Cigar Store Indian

 

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

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