Bored with this profession, or aware that it was a declining industry, Paine left home and shipped aboard a privateer in 1756.
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.
he finished top privateer in the world championships
she was captured by a French 44-gun privateer
The US navy also took 50 merchant ships, while privateers took a further 450.
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.
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 .
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.
However, American neutral shipping suffered grievous losses at the hands of the Royal Navy and French privateers .
Piracy against the ships of a hostile nation was perfectly legal - privateering , as it was called, was a lucrative industry.