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The S. S. Rex was a notorious gambling ship anchored in the Santa Monica Bay just outside of the three-mile limit restricting gambling operations in the city. The ship began operations in 1938 under ownership of mobster Tony Cornero. Patrons reached the gambling barge by water taxis launched from the Santa Monica Municipal Pier. The following year, police boats attempted to raid the S. S. Rex on a manufactured legal pretext, but were kept at bay for eight days by crew wielding fire hoses. Finally, Cornero relented and was arrested, and the ship's gambling operations shut down. (Based on research by James Harris)