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    Default Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet

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    A lost piece of American history may have been uncovered deep in the sea a shipwreck thought to have belonged to a fleet of American privateers. In the late 18th century, the Irish Sea was a cauldron of kidnapping, thievery and unrepentant skullduggery. Governments, including the nascent U.S., hired sea raiders, or privateers, to pillage and steal from merchant vessels. Is it possible that this ship was on a mission from Benjamin Franklin?



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    Default Re: Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet

    Btw this is what is known as sensationalism.

    There was a massive difference between "Pirate" and "Privateer".
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    Default Re: Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet

    Quote Originally Posted by michael2 View Post
    An American Privateer is what certain persons became when Congress granted 'letters of marque and reprisal' just as the Constitution mentions.
    This was not limited to, nor started by Americans. All nations provided for letters of Marque. A letter of Marque provided for normal ships' Captains to take it in their hands to fight off, or destroy, or even hunt down Privateers.

    There were a dozen or so pretty famous American Privateers but they weren't PIRATES.

    There's a HUGE difference.
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