The Condemnation of the Privateer Rising States, 1777

By David Syrett, published May 1970


The British transport Annabella was captured by the Americans in 1776, converted to the privateer Rising States, then recaptured by the British in 1777. Legal complexities ensued when it was realized that the original owners of the Annabella had already been compensated for their loss by the Navy Board. The case illustrates the legal and administrative methods used by the High Court of Admiralty and the navy authorities to assess and settle the conflicting claims of the original British owner of a recaptured ship to his property and those of the captor to salvage and prize money.

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

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