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Life Aboard a British Privateer in the Time of Queen Anne

Woodes Rogers

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We fired twice at her before she brought to, when we board'd her, Captain Courtney's boat being just before ours. We examined the master, and found he came round Scotland and Ireland."

This was a very usual track in the old war times, in order to avoid capture in the British Channel. But it made Rogers suspect the Swede of having something in the shape of warlike stores on board, so that, naturally anxious to[Pg 18] prove her a prize, after such a long chase to windward, and believing some men "he found drunk, who told us they had gunpowder and cables aboard, he resolved to strictly examine her, placing twelve men on board, and taking the master and twelve of her men on board the 'Duke.'" Nothing, however, was found to prove her a prize, and Rogers "let her go," as he says, "without the least embezelment. Her master giving him two hams and some ruff't dried beef," in return for which Rogers gave him "a dozen bottles of red-streak cider."

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Community Reviews

A matter of fact account of a privateer cruise in the early 1700s. This book is in the same vein as 'The Cruise of the "Cachalot": Around the Word After Sperm Whales', certainly not for everyone.

Interesting read about British privateer, Woodes Rogers circumnavigation of the world between 1708 and 1711. I recommend to any history and/or sailing buffs.

Easy to read account of Woodes Rogers’ voyage around the world

This book quotes heavily from Rogers’ own book as well as providing a wealth of background information. One interesting bit is a recounting of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, whose story served as the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.


An insight

Life aboard ship, a good feel for the long periods of daily grind interrupted by brief periods of action. I would have liked more depth but worth the read.

Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
Read for personal research
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