A History of American Privateers

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American privateers played a significant role during the American War of Independence and the Anglo-American war of 1812, as the American regular navy was very small. Reinforcement by privateers sailing under the government's jurisdiction carrying Letters of Marque was essential, and in fact both sides made use of privateers, capturing each other's merchant ships as prizes. Many successful sailors began their careers as privateers before taking up commissions in the regular navy. The stories of some of these men ...

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Overview

American privateers played a significant role during the American War of Independence and the Anglo-American war of 1812, as the American regular navy was very small. Reinforcement by privateers sailing under the government's jurisdiction carrying Letters of Marque was essential, and in fact both sides made use of privateers, capturing each other's merchant ships as prizes. Many successful sailors began their careers as privateers before taking up commissions in the regular navy. The stories of some of these men are individually explored in this 1899 book by Edgar Stanton Maclay, who two years later was at the centre of a controversy arising from remarks in his History of the United States Navy. Maclay here includes accounts from sailors of all ranks about their experiences during the conflicts and as prisoners of war. The actions of some notorious British privateers are also documented in this fascinating work of maritime history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781108026284
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Library Collection - History Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 594
  • Sales rank: 1,188,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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Preface; Part I. The War of the Revolution: 1. Privateers and privateersmen; 2. Dangers peculiar to privateering; 3. Colonial privateers; 4. Beginning hostilities; 5. First two years; 6. Navy officers in privateers; 7. Captain Silas Talbot; 8. Rapid growth of privateering; 9. A boy privateersman; 10. The work of 1779; 11. Jonathan Haraden; 12. An escape from Old Mill Prison; 13. Cruise of Dr. Solomon Drowne; 14. Career of the General Washington; 15. Captain John Manly; 16. Closing years of the war; Part II. The War of 1812: 1. First ventures; 2. British licenses and revenue cutters; 3. Captains Maffitt and Shaler; 4. Privateers of Rhode Island; 5. Captain Thomas Boyle; 6. A distinguished privateersman; 7. Decatur-Dominica fight; 8. Southern privateers; 9. Career of the America; 10. A typical privateersman; 11. An escape from Gibraltar; 12. In British prisons; 13. The Prince de Neuch√Ętel; 14. Cruises of the Grand Turk; 15. Escape of the Ida; 16. Privateers of Salem; 17. Some typical cruises; 18. Privateers against privateers; 19. New York privateers; 20. Privateers versus packet ships; 21. Battles with the king's ships; 22. Privateers of Baltimore; 23. Guy R. Champlin; 24. Battle of Fayal; 24. Conclusion; Index.

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    A flawed copy of a good book

    If you have any interest in Naval history you wiill enjoy this book despite the very poor copy. The straight foward description of constant naval battles shows us the violent world of 17th &18th century sea. The story is unfortunately marred by frequent mispellings and gobbled text. So, if you are fasinated by the world of sailing ships consider getting a hard copy.

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