Aspects of Naval Prize Agency, 1793-1815

By Tony Gutridge, published February 1994


The Prize Office, established in 1689, supervised the sale of prizes and distribution of money raised. Dissolved in 1708, it was replaced by a prize agency which gave the captors authority over their prizes. The captors had to appoint individuals to handle this new business. Some navy agents took on this additional work; other firms emerged to serve the officer class as prize agents, often linked to overseas partners. Flag secretaries, with their good naval connections and administrative and financial skills, worked more closely with the flag officers.

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Filed under: Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration

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