A PIRATE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Talk

17/06/2015 - 17/06/2015
12.30-1pm

Lunchtime Talk - The Waterloo Season

During the Napoleonic Wars records show at least three Aberdeen-built ships were taken as prizes by enemy ships.

Such ships were often Privateers, private individuals with approval from their government to operate armed ships with the aim of taking merchant ships belonging to their enemy. The talk will look at the long history of this form of legalised piracy, the notable figures such as Sir Francis Drake who engaged in it, the advantages and perils of being a privateer, and how the boundaries between ‘Pirate’ and ‘Privateer’ were often blurred and ignored by those involved and by any nation who captured them.

Talk by Jason Finch, Curator, Maritime History

Advance booking is essential please call 01224 337714.

Image: An action between an English ship and vessels of the Barbary Corsairs - Workshop of Willem van de Velde the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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