English Privateering in the War of the Spanish Succession 1702-1713

By W. R. Meyer, published November 1983


This article is a very comprehensive description of the workings of privateering in the period reviewed. There are detailed tables in it, enumerating the total of Letters of Marque issued, the number of prizes condemned, and the geographical origins of the vessels which captured them. A clear distinction is made between the smaller Channel Island vessels, and the larger London ones both operating in their respective areas. There is also a reference to lesser activity in the Mediterranean, Newfoundland and off the Irish Coast. The position of neutral vessels, the interest the customs had in captured cargos, and the 1702 Royal Proclamation which abolished the crown’s interest in prizes is also noted.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | English Channel | Irish Sea | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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