Admiralty Reports are a collection of miscellaneous maritime documents covering a wide range of nautical and historical topics. History was made here and is reflected in each document in the collection.
Slave for sale, tortured crewman, call for Privateers. These are some of the topics you’ll find here.
|Jane Ann and the Pirate 1845|
|Prize Money 1668
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|Riches & Honor 1779|
|Slave Prince Public Viewing 1691|
|Tryals of Captain John Rackam 1720|
Pirates operated under one of the first democracies and Articles were their “constitution” for each voyage.
|Bartholomew Roberts’ Articles 1721|
|Captain George Lowther’s Articles 1729|
|Captain John Phillips’ Articles 1724|
Instructions often accompanied Letters of Marque and Reprisal further specifying conditions and restrictions of the Captain’s armed aggression.
|Anti Pirate Squadron Instructions 1672|
|Enforcing Gun Salute 1673|
|Henry Morgan’s Instructions 1670|
|Instructions for Capturing Pirates 1577|
Letters of Marque
“A license to steal.” These licenses made the Captains of the private warships legal pirates — Privateers!
Privateers sailed nder the protection of Letters of Marque. They were privately owned warships commissioned by a belligerent nation to carry-on naval warfare for profit. The captured ships, booty and plunder would be divided between the issuing government, the vessel’s owner, and her crew.
Letters of Reprisal
Letters of Reprisal were usually licensed as a means of revenge against only one ship. These licenses made the Captains of the private warships legal pirates or Privateers who could only attack one specified offender.
Selected quotes reflecting the passion of seafarers.
|African Queen 1914|
|Knowledge of the Sea ~Captain Bligh 1789|
|Think ~Captain Bligh 1789|
|Cold Sea Hot Blood 1933|
|Fight For a Galleon 1746|
|Quote by Horace 65 B.C.|
|The Longest Sword 1708|
This area covers interesting documents that don’t relate to maritime history.
|Code Duello 1777|
|Devil’s Pact 1633|
|Exorcism of the Undead|
|Indentured Servant 1627|
|Magna Carta 1215|
|Marriage License Circa 1800|
|Pact with Devil 1269|
|Devil’s Pact 1633|
|Vampire Hunter Commission 1865|