Admiral James Young and the ‘Pirateers’, 1777

By A. G. Jamieson, published February 1979


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.

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Filed under: American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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