The SS Monte Carlo was rumored to have been financed by Al Capone (1931 newsreel)
Casino-style gambling was illegal during the Roaring Twenties and Threadbare Thirties. To circumvent the law, offshore casino boats were operated three miles out at sea, safe from local jurisdictions.
Beginning on Christmas Day 1930, patrons of the SS Monte Carlo could embark from the Jungle Pier on small boats that took them through John’s Pass to a “palatial gambling boat” three miles offshore.
An article by Scott Deitche on the Mob Museum website claims “the ship, the S.S. Monte Carlo, was rumored to have been financed by [mobster Johnny] Torrio and, some say, Al Capone.”
The SS Monte Carlo ceased operation in 1932, a casualty of the Depression.
For more Jungle adventures, visit The Jungle Country Club History Project.