William Campbell and the Harrington: Privateering in Chilean Waters in 1804

By Michael Ellery & Philip Gidley King, published November 2011

Abstract

An account of the seizure of the San Francisco de Paula and Extremeña from Chilean ports by the armed merchant snow Harrington, Captain William Campbell, in 1804. Britain and Spain were not then at war and on the arrival of all three vessels off the Australian coast in March 1805 they were detained by Governor Philip Gidley King pending instructions from the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in London. Based on a study of English and Spanish language sources, it examines the implications of departures from the requirements of the Prize Act and highlights the difficulties experienced in international communications at the time.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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