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A privateer was a privately owned vessel that was given a Offical Government Letter of Marque to raid enemy shipping during wartime.

Well known privateers include Sir Francis Drake and Martin Frobisher

United States[change | change source]

During the American Revolution Privateers were used to raid British Shipping.[1]
During the War of 1812 Privateers were again used to raid British shipping.
During the US Civil War the CSA Issued Privateer/Letters of Marque. ---

References[change | change source]

  1. Summary of Service of N.H. Privateer "General Sullivan" at [1] additional Links of Interest: 1847 obituary of "General Sullivan: Crewman mentions his capture 1779 by the "RoebucK" [2] Also reported capture of "Charlotte" by General Sullivan" [3]