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Moreover, even if a privateer captured an enemy warship, such ships when condemned usually did not fetch as much money as merchantmen.
Robert Gray, who was flogged round the fleet for plotting mutiny in the Phoenix in the summer of 1797, was one of these British lower deck cosmopolites: a total of fifteen years at sea, he had served several times on different Royal Navy ships, sometimes he had been impressed and sometimes he had volunteered, he had twice been imprisoned in France, once in Toulon and once in Brest, he had sailed on merchantmen from Bristol, Hamburg, and Genoa, and he had toiled under British, American, and French colors.
Finally, he recommends the arming of merchantmen and coastal patrols by the navy.
Hammocks were used in some Elizabethan warships but may not have been common in merchantmen.
From June 1861 to March 1862, he commanded the CSS Sumter from the Caribbean, to the Brazilian and West African coasts, and finally to Gibraltar, capturing 18 Union merchantmen while being pursued by six Union warships.
The Palatines sailed on cargo ships, or merchantmen, just as the Mayflower passengers of ninety years earlier had done.
The mixed variety of cannon, small arms, and coins he found certainly fits the profile of a pirate vessel, but Hamilton admits that the wrecks of privateers and armed merchantmen would yield similar assemblages.
He sent the first convoy of merchantmen to the US after the War of Independence and his grain was also feeding the massive population of Lancashire, hotbed of the Industrial Revolution.
The food on board warships was better and more plentiful than aboard merchantmen, and better than ordinary working people were eating on shore.
For generations old salts have swapped sea-faring legends of Pompey's naval heroes and Southampton's brave merchantmen.
The British struggle to defend the free world after France surrendered was only possible because of the merchantmen whose deeds are here described.
In the 1950s America was the prime infrastructure survivor of WWII despite high wartime losses of American merchantmen.
and so every time we hear the word "creole"-- or better still le monde creole"-- it's the fetid breath of slavers and their middle merchantmen it's the great stench of their women taking their little whore's-baths only every three days or so and so what?
They now house a lively collection of bars, clubs, restaurants and boutiques, reached by ramps with cobbles as big as cannonballs, once used as ballast by British merchantmen.
Alternatively, because there was little difference between a merchantman and a military vessel, one could always use the traditional expedient of seizing foreign belligerent merchantmen in friendly ports and using them as the basis for one's navy.
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