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A History of American Privateers

A History of American Privateers


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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026284

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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 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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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026284
    • length: 594 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 Neuchâtel
    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

  • Author

    Edgar Stanton Maclay

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