Privateer
A privateer or "corsair" was a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque to attack foreign vessels during wartime. Privateering was a way of mobilizing armed ships and sai...
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Letter of marque
In the days of fighting sail, a letter of marque and reprisal was a government license authorizing a person (known as a privateer) to attack and capture enemy vessels and bring them before admiralty c...
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Ransom bond
A ransom bond was a legally binding document issued as a promise for future payment for the safety and the release of a captured marine vessel. It was particularly in use during the American Civil War...
Commerce raiding
Commerce raiding is a form of naval warfare used to destroy or disrupt logistics of the enemy on the open sea by attacking its merchant shipping, rather than engaging its combatants or enforcing a blo...
Prize (law)
Prize is a term used in admiralty law to refer to equipment, vehicles, vessels, and cargo captured during armed conflict. The most common use of prize in this sense is the capture of an enemy ship and...
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Continental Navy
The Continental Navy was the navy of the United States during the American Revolutionary War, and was formed in 1775. Through the efforts of the Continental Navy's patron, John Adams, and vigorous Co...
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Privateers
A privateer (sometimes called corsair or buccaneer) was a private person or ship authorized by a government by letters of marque to attack foreign vessels during wartime. Privateering was a way of mob...
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Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste
Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste (born in Bergerac, France 1663, died in Acadia after August 1714) was a French privateer famous for the success he had against New England merchant shipping and fishing i...
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Singeing the King of Spain's Beard
Singeing the King of Spain's Beard is the name derisively given to the attack in April and May 1587 in the Bay of Cádiz, by the English privateer Francis Drake against the Spanish naval forces assembl...
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Drake's 1587 expedition
Singeing the King of Spain's Beard is the name derisively given to the attack in April and May 1587 in the Bay of Cádiz, by the English privateer Francis Drake against the Spanish naval forces assembl...
Drake's 1587 expedition - Wikipedia
1692 Jamaica earthquake
The 1692 Jamaica earthquake struck Port Royal, Jamaica on June 7. A stopped pocket watch found in the harbour in 1969 indicated that it occurred around 11:43 a.m. Port Royal was then the unofficial ca...
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French corsairs
Corsairs (French: corsaire) were privateers, authorized to conduct raids on shipping of a nation at war with France, on behalf of the French crown. Seized vessels and cargo were sold at auction, w...
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Pierre François Étienne Bouvet de Maisonneuve
Pierre-François-Henri-Étienne Bouvet de Maisonneuve (Saint-Benoît, Réunion, 28 December 1775 – Saint-Servan, 18 June 1860) was a French Navy officer and privateer.Born to a Navy captain, Bouvet starte...
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HMS Canso (1813)
HMS Canso was the American letter of marque schooner Lottery, launched in 1811, which a British squadron captured in 1813. The Royal Navy took Lottery into service as HMS Canso and she served during t...
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Charles Cunat
Charles-Marie Cunat (Saint-Malo, 20 May 1789 — Saint-Malo, 21 February 1862.) was a French naval officer, privateer and naval historian.
Cunat started sailing at the age of 16 on the privateer Nap...
Poisson Volant
Poisson Volant (Flying Fish), was a popular name for French vessels, including naval vessels and privateers. Between 1783 and 1814, warships of the Royal Navy captured numerous privateers all with the...
HMS Actif (1794)
HMS Actif was a 16-gun French privateer that Iphigenia captured on 16 March 1794. The Royal Navy took her into service but she foundered on 26 November. Fortunately though, all her crew were saved.Act...
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HMS Atalanta (1814)
HMS Atalanta was the American letter of marque schooner Siro, launched in 1812, that the British captured in 1814. There is no evidence that she actually entered into active service with the Royal Nav...
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Renato Beluche
Renato Beluche (15 December 1780 – 4 October 1860) was born in Chalmette, Louisiana, and died in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. He was a Venezuelan merchant and privateer who played many roles in the turb...
Dart (privateer)
The Dart was a privateer sloop out of Saint John, New Brunswick that was a notable privateer during the War of 1812. Dart took 11 prizes in her five-month run and two cruises before being captured by...
Nova Albion
New Albion, also known as Nova Albion, was the name of all North America north of New Spain, from "sea to sea," claimed by Sir Francis Drake for England in 1579. The extent of New Albion and the loca...
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Comte de Maurepas (ship)
Comte de Maurepas was a common name for French vessels in the 18th Century. The name comes from that of the French statesman Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas.
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HMS Spencer (1795)
HMS Spencer was a 16-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy, formerly the civilian Sir Charles Grey. The Admiralty purchased her in 1795, after having hired her in 1793-94, and renamed her HMS Lilly in 1800...
Confederate privateer
The Confederate privateers were privately owned ships that were authorized by the government of the Confederate States of America to attack the shipping of the United States. Although the appeal was t...
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English Armada
The English Armada, also known as the Counter Armada or the Drake-Norris Expedition, was a fleet of warships sent to the Iberian Coast by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1589, during the Anglo-Spanish...
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Spanish Armada
The Spanish Armada (Spanish: Grande y Felicísima Armada , literally "Great and Most Happy Navy") was a Spanish fleet of 130 ships that sailed from A Coruña in August 1588, under the command of the...
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J. M. Chapman
J. M. Chapman, 90 Ton schooner, was purchased by in 1863, by Asbury Harpending and other California members of the Knights of the Golden Circle in San Francisco to outfit as a Confederate privateer.Th...
Thomas Doughty (explorer)
Thomas Doughty (1545 – 2 July 1578) was an English nobleman, soldier, scholar and personal secretary of Christopher Hatton. His association with Francis Drake, on a 1577 voyage to interfere with Span...
Blockade runner
A blockade runner is usually a lighter-weight ship used for evading a naval blockade of a port or strait, as opposed to confronting the blockaders to break the blockade. Very often blockade running is...
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