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Adventuring Your Estate: the Origins, Costs and Rewards of Woodes Rogers’s Privateering Voyage of 1708-11

By Tim Beattie

In August 1708 the Duke and Duchess; two private men of war, set sail from Kingroad, near Bristol. This was a commercial venture supported by the Crown, but funded privately by West Country businessmen who were yet to benefit from the burgeoning slave trade. By some measures it would be the most successful privateering expedition […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | Pirates | Pacific
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Between Newfoundland and the Malacca Strait: a Survey of the Golden Age of Piracy, 1695-1725

By Arne Bialuschewskia

In terms of the intensity of activity the thirty years between 1695 and 1725 were the “Golden Age” of piracy afloat. Early modern piracy flourished because it offered material gains rather than being a proletarian reaction to harsh working conditions at sea. Three widely-separated areas saw intense activity in turn between 1695 and 1725: the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Privateers, Picarroons, Pirates: West Indian Commerce Raiders, 1793 – 1801

By H. J. K. Jenkins

After the outbreak of Anglo-French hostilities 1793 – 1801 were tumultuous times for the West Indies and Atlantic communities. Privateers, commissioned mostly by France, some under Swedish and Spanish flags of convenience, manned by French, English, Americans, etc. created havoc in the area. Guadeloupe, an epicentre for many of these activities; French black soldiers used […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | French Revolution | Pirates | Caribbean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: A Pirate’s Log ?

By N.A.M. Rodger

An interesting document in the National Archives appears to show the calculations of an Elizabethan pirate who may have visited the North Cape. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Pirates | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Shipwreck and Mutiny in Spain’s Galleys on the Santo Domingo Station, 1583

By Richard Boulind

King Philip II delayed sending galleys to defend Santo Domingo from pirates, due to instability, corruption, and monetary chaos on the island of Hispaniola. The two galleys finally sent in 1582 soon met disaster, as the smaller galliot wrecked and a mutinous crew took over the remaining galley and held it for several months. The […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Caribbean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

The British Navy and the Caribbean 1689-1697

By Norton H. Moses

War with the French in 1689 threatened English Caribbean interests. Poor coordination was endemic between the Admiralty, the Lords of Trade and Plantations and the Governors of the Leeward Islands, Barbados and Jamaica.   Squadrons were sent out sporadically, not left on station year-round. Authority divided between local, regimental and naval commanders led to inefficiency compounded […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Nine Years' War | Pirates | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

The King’s Pinnace, The Swan 1642-1645

By A. Eames

On 8 July 1641 a warrant to the Lord High Admiral stated: ‘The King is pleased that his new pinnace, the Swan, Captain Bartlett, now in Ireland shall be employed this year for the guard of the Irish Seas. Correspondence relating to the King’s pinnace the Swan provides an interesting commentary upon the Royalist failure […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | Irish Sea | Pirates
Subjects include: Logistics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Russia in the Mediterranean, 1788-1791: a Little-known Chapter in the History of Naval Warfare and Privateering

By M.S. Anderson

In the war of 1787, Catherine the Great was unable to deploy her Baltic fleet into the Mediterranean to attack Turkey. Instead, a number of Russian-backed privateer squadrons harassed Turkish shipping in the Adriatic and among the Greek islands. Most successful were the ships of Lambros Katzones; other commanders – de Chapelet and the Maltese […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Bartholomew Sharp, Buccaneer

By Christopher Lloyd

The article traces the career and exploits of Bartholomew Sharp after his return from rounding Cape Horn. It references that voyage and provides a description of the literature, commenting on conflicting accounts, suggesting political and personal reasons for the discrepancies. The piece ends with Sharp fading from history although early 21st century scholars claim to […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Caribbean | Pacific
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Voyage of the Snow Africa

By W.E. Minchinton

The snow Africa was a two-masted, square rigged ship of 100 tons burthen. Such a vessel would carry about 250 slaves. On 15 July 1775, after an absence of 9 months, the Africa arrived back at Bristol in ballast. There was a total loss on this particular voyage of 250 pounds 18 shillings. It is […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | Irish Sea | Pirates | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Caribbean | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Weapons

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