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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Bungling attempt by old crimps marked the end of the shanghaiing era


June 20, 2019

Image/ Salem Public Library

The four-masted barque Arracan, one of the last of the British grain fleet in Portland, moored below the Broadway Bridge about 1913.

The election of 1904 didn't end the practice of shanghaiing in Portland, but it did put a huge and (eventually) fatal dent in it.

Larry Sullivan, the socially poised and politically connected prince of the crimping-and-kidnapping industry in Stumptown, was on the ballot that year, seeking a City Council seat representing the old waterfront North End neighborhood (known today as Old Town). And it never seriously occurred to anyone, including himself, that he might lose.

He lost.

More importantly, Portland mayor and former U.S. Attorney General, George Williams – known colloquially as "W...

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