Noun(1) an officer or crew member of a privateer(2) a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
(1) he finished top privateer in the world championships(2) she was captured by a French 44-gun privateer(3) There is also reference to the Wasp, formerly the Guepe, a French privateer captured in 1801 and later under the command of Lt. Joseph Packwood in 1805.(4) Bored with this profession, or aware that it was a declining industry, Paine left home and shipped aboard a privateer in 1756.(5) He spent two years in the post, toiling to save Louis XVI, sheltering aristocrats from the Paris mob, and working hard to protect American merchant vessels against French privateers .(6) Much is made of a claim that the growth of St Peter Port was based on privateering rather than trade, but such an interpretation is not especially new.(7) Piracy against the ships of a hostile nation was perfectly legal - privateering , as it was called, was a lucrative industry.(8) Nearly all the slaves were brought to Bermuda from the West Indies or as slaves on ships captured by Bermuda privateers .(9) In part, English success in penetrating Mediterranean markets was due to the prevalence of war and privateering .(10) The basis for the story is that in February 1704, William Dampier, a noted British buccaneer and navigator, arrived at Juan Fernandez with two ships, both licensed privateers .(11) However, American neutral shipping suffered grievous losses at the hands of the Royal Navy and French privateers .(12) According to the records of Lloyds, between 1775 and 1781 American privateers captured 2,600 British merchantmen.(13) The difference between pirates and privateers was that the pirates were simply sea robbers who captured or looted ships at sea for plunder, without authority.(14) Great names are associated with the privateers and the ships that sailed the waters off the south coast of Ireland including the name of the great John Paul Jones.(15) Throughout, Lehman contends that, contrary to the views of many historians, privateering had a significant impact on the outcome of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.(16) The seizure of English shipping in Spain in May 1585 initiated the largest single explosion of privateering , which was to last for the remainder of the century.
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