Admiral James Young and the ‘Pirateers’, 1777
Shortly after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War a rash of uncommissioned ‘pirateers’ began to operate from the Leeward Islands. The admiral commanding the squadron, James Young, took a hard line, detaining some of the ships involved. The matter became the subject of legal dispute on Antigua with Young himself arrested and sued. The matter was eventually settled through a compromise imposed from London.