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View Poll Results: Privateer or a Pirate?
Privateer 31 59.62%
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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #31

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So if I had a billion dollars, could I buy a frigate and go privateering? A few oil tankers would pay me back!!

A Frigate would be a bad idea, may look impressive but that means the enemies naval forces will be able to catch up to you and now you'll have to fight.

Instead you equip a smaller faster ship (some were specially built for the purpose) that can out gun any merchantman but out run any larger Naval vessel.

also don't use all your own money -- too risky instead with a group of like minded 'patriots' invest in several different ships.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:32 PM   #32

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A Frigate would be a bad idea, may look impressive but that means the enemies naval forces will be able to catch up to you and now you'll have to fight.

Instead you equip a smaller faster ship (some were specially built for the purpose) that can out gun any merchantman but out run any larger Naval vessel.

also don't use all your own money -- too risky instead with a group of like minded 'patriots' invest in several different ships.
Wait a minute! The word is Privateer, not Pirate. A Lloyds survey estimated that the extra cost to shipping companies in 2010 for insurance, re-routing around the Cape, delays and losses caused by Somali pirates was US$12 BILLION! Actual KNOWN ransom payouts were US$ 1.4 billion with the biggest single ransom payout US$ 9.55 million for a single ship. Official Navys and governments have to abide by the laws of the sea and all of the ponsy, wishy-washy human rights piffle and treat pirates like unmarried teenage mothers wo have been caught smoking. Letters of Marque from LLoyds (there ARE legal precedents, I looked it up) would allow a privateer to do all sorts of fun stuff, yardarms, keel-hauling, marooning, plus recover or prevent mch piracy. Recovery means prize rules. If the insurance syndicates were saved just 25% of their current costs and the shipping and especially oil companies another 25% of losses, there is a good business case for outfitting a second-hand destroyer with a less-than scurvy crew and plenty of yo-ho-ho!
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Old November 19th, 2012, 01:10 AM   #33
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I'd be a privateer and still pocket most of what I loot.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 09:03 AM   #34

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Were there agreements between nations about those who carried a "Letter Of Marque". When captured? I cannot see the issuing nation stepping in anyway to stop a hanging. Just one less pirate.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #35

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Privateer was a much better deal back in the day. Pirates would be hunted by everyone, while privateers at least had a place to fall back on. I hopr privateers got to chill out in places like Port Royal though, that was oe of the better pirats of being a pirate
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:38 AM   #36

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I guess I'll go with privateer. It meant you were, at least in theory, a legal pirate. What other occupations allowed you to commit otherwise criminal actions, and be rewarded by your government for doing that?
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #37

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Privateer, because, as little as it is it offers some degree of protection.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:26 AM   #38

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Is being a Privateer more capital intensive? Would the authority to do so cost money on top of the boat and crew? If so I might have to start by stealing a row boat to let me capture a sloop to take a corvette to raid a merchantman to pay for a frigate to pirate the seas then change identity, buy a privateers licence and be able to pillage with less risk.

Im not sure if anyone was that socially upwardly mobile.

In reality I think my modern sensibilities would disqualify me from both..........flog the slackers? No thanks!........Eat mouldy biscuits? No thanks! ............shoot at poor sailors going about their business? Cant do that!!
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Old January 24th, 2014, 12:30 PM   #39

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In theory having a letter of marque offers a degree of protection from ones own navy. You can guarantee all enemy nations whose ships you have plundered are not going to be inpresssed by your piece of paper and would stretch your neck at the first opportunity.

so im for full blooded piracy.
Privateer is also required to share his booty with his government

Oh and if his government decides to sign peace, privateer is jobless. In theory at last.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 12:36 PM   #40

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Privateer is also required to share his booty with his government

Oh and if his government decides to sign peace, privateer is jobless. In theory at last.
But an unemployed privateer would simply become an outlaw pirate.
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