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American Privateers

‘Tis computed that there are and will be before Winter 113 Sail of Privateers at Sea, from the British American Colonies; most of them stout Vessels and abundantly well mann’d. A Naval Force, equal (some say) to that of the Crown of Great-Britain in the Time of Queen Elizabeth. The Pennsylvania Gazette, August 30, 1744

An Over-Masted Privateer

Sunday last the Tartar, Capt. Mackey, sail’d down the Bay in order to proceed on his Cruise, but being (as ’tis said) over-masted, and not well ballasted, she was unfortunately overset, by a slight Flaw of Wind, near the Capes, and sunk immediately in about 8 Fathom Water. The Captain with about 60 Officers and…