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Date:11/21/2014 4:17:01 PM
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Sam studies a sextant as he holds it up to the
horizon. Good to see you here today, lads & lassies!

To finish up on them privateers, I has to tells ye that long long ago, half of a country's naval forces were comprised by privateers. They helped in many different ways of giving a country a solid fighting force or not. It dumbfounds me as why they would dare to treat them so treacherously!

Some of the most famous privateers that come to mind are the Barbary Coast Corsairs of the Mediterranean Sea. They worked for the Ottoman Empire. Also the Maltese Corsairs were privateers who alligned themselves with the Knights of St. John. Another well known fleet were the Dunkirkers who were in service for the Spanish Empire. In the years between 1626-1634, the Dunkirk privateers captured 1,499 ships & sank 336. From the years 1609-1616, England lost 466 merchant ships to the Barbary Corsairs & 160 British ships were captured by Algerians from 1677 to 1680. A very famous privateer who is no doubt someone you have heard of, is Sir Francis Drake. His patron was Queen Elizabeth I & it would go to show that their relationship turned a handsome profit for England.

In the Nine Years War, France would encourage the privateers to join up with them. One who did was named Jean Bart. He agreed to attack English and Dutch merchant ships. England lost approximately 4000 ships during that war. During the War of Austrian Succession, Britain lost 3,238 merchant ships & France lost 3,434 merchant ships to the British. During King George's War, approximately 36,000 Americans served aboard privateers at one time or another. During the American Revolution, about 55,000 American seamen served aboard the privateers. The American privateers had almost 1,700 ships, & they captured 2,283 enemy ships. Between the end of the Revolutionary War & War of 1812, less than 30 years, Britain, France, Naples, the Barbary States, Spain, & the Netherlands seized approximately 2,500 American ships. Payments in ransom & tribute to the Barbary states amounted to 20% of United States government annual revenues in 1800. Throughout the American Civil War, Confederate privateers successfully harassed Union merchant ships.

Privateering lost international sanction under the Declaration of Paris in 1856. Spanish Succession reeled in 3,250 ships by their privateers.

Well, blow me down with a feather! That be a lot of ships to be losing! Woooweeee! I wouldn't want to be in their shoes when the captains came about! Thank ye, fer votin' for me! aaarrrrrggghhh!
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