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Privateer 31 59.62%
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Old November 14th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #1

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Would you be a Privateer or a Pirate?


Which one is more beneficial and safer to be?
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Old November 14th, 2012, 12:52 PM   #2

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A 'Privateer' is legal a 'Pirate' may well see you hang
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Old November 14th, 2012, 12:57 PM   #3

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's life for me.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:11 PM   #4

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Having a governmental issued licensed, or "Letters of Marque" would
make me feel better about what I was doing.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #5

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Having a governmental issued licensed, or "Letters of Marque" would
make me feel better about what I was doing.

You would be doing almost the same thing as a pirate , although you are 'supposed' to restrict your actions to 'enemy' ships, but you can justify it to yourself that you're doing for 'patriotic' motives and the money is very much a secondary concern.

Gentlemen don't concern themselves with vulgar things like 'profit', if it should be the accidental by-product of your patriotic duty well that just unfortunate and such misfortunes should be borne stoically by a gentlemen and not talked about in polite society.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #6

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^I know Kevin, I wrote a huge paper about the early beginnings of the US Navy
& the use of privateers, during the American Revolution.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #7

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Which one is more beneficial and safer to be?
Privateer is the safer, if taken prisoner you are treated as a POW.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #8

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Having a governmental issued licensed, or "Letters of Marque" would
make me feel better about what I was doing.

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.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #9

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^I know Kevin, I wrote a huge paper about the early beginnings of the US Navy
& the use of privateers, during the American Revolution.

just finished Lamberts book on the Naval war of 1812, he makes the point that fortunes were made but also many privateers made no money.

Any idea as to the proportion?
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Being a privateer still got Captain Kidd hung by his own country. I guess no system of thieving is perfect.
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