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Privateers and Privateering

Privateers and Privateering


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026291

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  • In this book, first published in 1910 at the height of Britain's naval arms race with Germany, E. P. Statham (b. 1848) presented the lives and exploits of, in his words, 'licensed plunderers'. Insisting his tales were 'without embroidery' but were intended 'to amuse and entertain', Statham clearly had a fondness for adventure and an almost grudging admiration for his subjects. A retired Royal Navy officer at the time of publication, Statham was also the author of a number of medieval histories, and at one point was the superintendent of a School Ship, which when moored in the River Mersey (Statham was born in Liverpool) was twice burnt down by its pupils. In his conclusion, Statham questions the possible role of privateering in the wars yet to come. Engaging and colourful, the stories perhaps reveal as much about the buccaneering spirit of the author as they do about their subjects.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026291
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductory:
    1. Two early incidents
    2. Andrew Barton. The 'Amity' and the Spaniards
    Part II. Privateering in the South Seas:
    3. William Dampier
    4. Woodes Rogers
    5. Woodes Rogers continued
    6. George Shelvocke and John Clipperton
    Part III. Some Odd Yarns:
    7. Captain Phillips, of the 'Alexander'. The case of the 'Antigallican'
    8. Captain Death, of the 'Terrible'. Mr. Peter Baker and the 'Mentor'. Captain Edward Moor, of the 'Fame'. Captain James Borrowdale, of the 'Ellen'
    Part IV. Two Great Englishmen:
    9. Fortunatus Wright
    10. Fortunatus Wright continued
    11. George Walker
    12. George Walker continued
    Some Frenchmen:
    13. Jean Bart
    14. Du Guay Trouin
    15. Jacques Cassard
    16. Robert Surcouf. Concerning the Frontispiece
    Some Americans:
    17. Captain Silas Talbot
    18. Captain Joshua Barney
    19. Captains Barney and Haraden
    20. Captain Thomas Boyle
    21. The 'General Armstrong'
    Part V. Some More Odd Yarns:
    22. The 'Princess Royal' packet. Two colonial privateers
    23. The affair of the 'Bonaparte'
    24. The 'Windsor Castle' packet. The 'Catherine'. The 'Fortune'. 'The Three Sisters'

  • Author

    Edward Phillips Statham

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