During the 1920's and 30's there was a prohibition on alcohol in the USA. Bill McCoy was a boatbuilder who used to smuggle whiskey and was very proud of the fact that he only ever sold the genuine article. During this period there were a huge number of illegal distilleries set up making liquor which would turn people blind or even kill them. Hence, the real McCoy became an expression of quality.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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