English Privateering in the War of 1688 to 1697

By W. R. Meyer, published August 1981


Covers the neglected Nine Year’s War period in study of privateering. Highlighting the linguistic evolution of the terms “piracy” and “privateering”, it traces the evolution of vessels issued with letters of marque during the period, exploring the typical design of privateering vessels. Role of the Channel Islands as a privateering base is explored and deals with the politics of seized cargoes as handled by the Admiralty Court and the relative difficulty of controlling the personalities of individual privateers.

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Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Nine Years' War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

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