British Privateering Enterprise in the Eighteenth Century
David J. Starkey
David J Starkey is Professor of Maritime History and Director of the Maritime Historical Studies Centre at the University of Hull.
Preface Introduction Part 1: Character 1. Origins and Regulation 2. Private Men-of-War and 'Letters of Marque' 3. Risks and Rewards Part 2: Scale 4. 1702-1712: 'Their Privateers will be Lords and Ours will be Beggars' 5. 1718-1720: 'To Cruise on the Spaniards under His Majesty's Commission' 6. 1739-1748: 'Good Pickings for Privateers of Force' 7. 1756-1762: 'Small Ship, Vessels, or Boats, being, or Pretending to be, English Privateers' 8. 1777-1783: 'Additional Forces' Part 3: Signficance 9. Constraints and Determinants 10. 'Private Interests Inseparable from... the Public Interests of the British Nation'? 11. 'The Finest Opportunity'? Appendices 1. Primary Source Materials: Problems and Methods 2. Monthly Activity Rates of Private Men-of-War, 1702-1783 3. Outfitting Costs 4. Share Values 5. Five Prize Accounts 6. Crew Composition, Royal Family Private Ships-of-War, 1747 7. Commissioned Vessels by Region, 1793-1801 8. Commissioned Vessels by Region, 1803-1815 Bibliography Index
A first class work of original scholarship and a readable account of a dramatic chapter in nautical history.
The excellence of this book lies in the research that has gone into it, its orderly structure and its readability. Most of all it opens the way for even more detailed work to be undertaken at national, regional and local levels. We are indeed deeply indebted to Dave Starkey.
The Northern Mariner
... an excellently researched and written guide to eighteenth-century British privateering which sets new standards for academic achievement.
The American Neptune
Size: 228 x 148 mm
Publication: January 1, 1990
Series: Exeter Maritime Studies