Card sharps were a big problem on early 20th century ocean liners. Not only did they fleece their victims of their hard-earned money, they gave ships and their lines a bad reputation.
For these reasons, many lines employed detectives and various other employees to keep an eye-peeled for known dishonest card players.
Occasionally, however, there were incidents of mistaken identity. This clipping, taken from the 27 April 1907 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, describes a particularly embarrassing incident as Cunard Line’s Carmania (1905) prepared to depart from New York:
August Belmont Jr., in case you were wondering was one of the 19th century’s great “robber barons.”
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