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Pirates & Patriots of the Revolution: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Colonial Seamanship by: C. Keith Wilbur MD

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Pirates & Patriots of the Revolution: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Colonial Seamanship by: C. Keith Wilbur MD
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Author: C. Keith Wilbur MD
Binding: Soft Cover
Copyright: 1973
Pages: 96
Size: 8.25 x 11 in.

Product Code: SO-ACC-1973-9780871068668-WH3

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America's legalized pirates plundered on the high seas to win freedom for their country and a fortune for themselves.

Discover the little know story of how 2,000 privately armed Yankee vessels captured sixteen British warships and almost 3,000 merchantmen during the Revolution. This makeshift "civilian navy" crippled British commerce, seized crucial supplies for Washington's army, and earned $50 million for its owners and crew.

This unique book re-creates the swashbuckling era of the privateer in striking detail, including

  • How "Quakers" wooden replicas of scarce, expensive cannons often bluffed an enemy into submission
  • How a silver coin was placed under the mainmast step to insure a booty-laden voyage
  • How sailors waterproofed their clothing with tar and covered their pigtails with eelskins
  • How one ship, low on ammunition, packed the gun muzzles with crowbars and fired a "flight of huge arrows"
  • How a fourteen-year-old crewman's share of one voyage amounted to twenty pounds each of cotton, allspice, ginger, and logwood; a ton of sugar; thirty-five gallons of rum; and $700

With this remarkable volume as your guide, you'll literally "learn the ropes" of the seafaring life two centuries ago.

"This nautical encyclopedia is a working wonder not to be missed by anyone who cares about the sea." - Time magazine

"Vividly depicts the vessels, clothing, gear, weaponry, and victuals of the Yankee privateersmen." - ALA Booklist


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