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Prize and PrejudicePrivateering and Naval Prize in Atlantic Canada in the War of 1812$
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Faye Margaret Kert

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128817

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128817.001.0001

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Public Service, Private Profits

Public Service, Private Profits

(p.77) Chapter 4 Public Service, Private Profits
Prize and Prejudice

Faye Margaret Kert

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the role and financial appeal of prizemaking and privateering during the War of 1812. It details the legal prerequisites for privateering during the war, such as Letters of Marque; Affidavits of Sureties, and Articles of Agreement. The chapter primarily focuses on a case study of the Liverpool Packet, the famous privateering society of the port of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. It also considers the perils of privateering - prisoners of war and cartels. It concludes by asserting that privateering during the war was a precarious, yet relatively profitable role, and an expression of disenchantment with the War of 1812.

Keywords:   Maritime Prizemakers, Liverpool Packet (Vessel), Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Maritime Prisoners of War, Privateering Vessels

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