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  • Before that, before it was ever a hotel at all, five full centuries ago, it was the home of a wealthy privateer who gave up raiding ships to study bees in the pastures outside Saint .
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Merchant ships are but extension bridges; armed ones but floating forts; even pirates and privateers, though following the sea as highwaymen the road, they but plunder other ships, other fragments of the land like themselves, without seeking to draw their living from the bottomless deep itself.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • O, Sir, said he, if that’s all, don’t be concerned, I don’t remember one in these seas these fifteen years, except above a month ago one was seen in the bay of Siam, but he is gone to the southward; neither was she built for a privateer, but was run away with by a reprobate Captain, and some of his men, the right Captain having been murdered by the Malayans.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • They say the Jeune Amelie was his, which was taken by the Yankee privateer Molasses.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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  • Mr Clare also stepped out of line, and began privateering about for the weed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I only wish I had the command of a clipping privateer to begin with and could carry off the Chancellor and keep him on short allowance until he gave judgment in our cause.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We had a good observation, and the captain judg’d himself so near our port, Falmouth, that, if we made a good run in the night, we might be off the mouth of that harbor in the morning, and by running in the night might escape the notice of the enemy’s privateers, who often crus’d near the entrance of the channel.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Still Mrs. Norris was at intervals urging something different; and in the most interesting moment of his passage to England, when the alarm of a French privateer was at the height, she burst through his recital with the proposal of soup.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I knew that we should either go to the bottom together, or that she would be the making of me; and I never had two days of foul weather all the time I was at sea in her; and after taking privateers enough to be very entertaining, I had the good luck in my passage home the next autumn, to fall in with the very French frigate I wanted.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Like much of the continent, we were taken in by ruthless capitalist privateers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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  • Have you seen the privateering resolves?
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Supplying the besieged city by sea had become increasingly difficult because of winter storms and American privateers.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The Terrible privateer, Captain Death, stood the hottest engagement of any ship last war, yet had not twenty sailors on board, though her complement of men was upwards of two hundred.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • I have not served much in the royal navy, it is true; but I have served, and that is something; and, in the way of privateering and worrying the enemy in his ships and cargoes, I’ve done my full share.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "Now here is Mistress Remarkable Pettibones; just take the stopper off her tongue, and you’ll hear a gabbling worse like than if you should happen to fall to leeward in crossing a French privateer, or some such thing, mayhap, as a dozen monkeys stowed in one bag."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • "I’ve got a bill of lading," said Hooch, "so let’s have no privateering by your boys.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Her only brother, William Smith, had gone to sea, as a captain of marines on a privateer.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • A privateer, the schooner Lee, under the command of Captain John Manley, had captured an enemy supply ship, the brig Nancy, off Cape Ann, north of Boston.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • On March 23, in a momentous step, the delegates resolved to permit the outfitting of privateers, "armed vessels," to prey on "the enemies of the United Colonies," a move Adams roundly supported.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "I know her," said Cap decidedly; "she sailed a privateer out of Morlaix in the last war; and good cruises she made of them."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • The open sea remained the only lifeline for fuel and food for the town, but with the severity of storms on the North Atlantic, and American privateers operating offshore in increasing numbers despite the weather, fewer and fewer supply ships were getting through.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He addressed the matter of prizes taken at sea by American privateers, and gave all possible attention to the vexing issue of what to do about American prisoners of war held by the British and those British prisoners taken on the high seas who were being held in France.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "If I could have my will, there should not be the least obstruction of navigation, commerce, or privateering," Adams wrote to Benjamin Rush, "because I firmly believe that one sailor will do us more good than two soldiers."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Jacobin clubs—pro-French democratic societies—sprung up along his route, and Genet liberally dispensed money to outfit American privateers.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In May a bill passed empowering United States warships to capture any French privateer or cruiser found in American waters.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • With authorization from the Republic of France, French privateers continued to prey on the American merchant fleet at will and there was no way to stop them.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In February, to make the tension still worse, Adams had to inform Congress that a French privateer had actually attacked a British merchant ship inside Charleston Harbor.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In mid-August, the eleven-year-old boy sailed on the South Carolina, which, after a troubled voyage, put in at La Coruna, Spain, where eventually he sailed on another American ship, Cicero, a privateer, and after more delays and adventures reached home at the end of January 1782, more than five months after leaving Amsterdam.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Young Genet had been dispatched to America with instructions to rouse American support for France, spread the principles of the French Revolution, and encourage privateering against British shipping by American seamen.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • For in the time when the fortunes of the rebel army were going steadily from bad to worse, rebel privateers off the New England coast had been attacking British supply ships with increasing success, and Admiral Lord Howe was in need of a secure, ice-free winter roadstead in the vicinity for some of his fleet.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But Miss Betsey here must have altered more than a privateer in disguise, since she has got on her woman’s duds, if she will take offence with an old fellow for the small matter of lighting a few candles."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • ) British Admiral Samuel Graves, whose responsibility it was to patrol the coastline against privateers, described snowstorms at sea between Cape Ann and Cape Cod as defying the most resolute of men.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • ("The rebels have the impudence to fit out privateers," wrote an indignant British officer, snug in his quarters, but the day would come, he knew, when "we shall give the scoundrels a hearty thrashing and put an end to this business.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
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