TRIMMING YANKEE SAILS PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK BY FAYE KERT

TRIMMING YANKEE SAILS
TRIMMING YANKEE SAILS
Item# ISBN 978-0864924421
$14.95

The word "pirate" conjures up many Hollywood images, but Trimming Yankee Sails by Faye Kert paints a very different picture. Covering the Atlantic coast from Cape Breton Island, Halifax and Saint John to the east coast of the United States down to the Virginias, this insightful book offers a glimpse of northeastern North America’s naval history and the pirates and privateers who scourged the Atlantic coast throughout the 19th century. In Trimming Yankee Sails, Faye Kert recounts a thrilling but little known story. Pirates and privateers sailed from New Brunswick ports throughout the 19th century, but their exploits began in earnest during the War of 1812. With Letters of Marque and Reprisal, they waged a legal private war against the King’s enemies -- the Americans. European countries outlawed privateering in 1856, but America’s refusal to sign the treaty left an opening for a gang of ne’er-do-well Saint Johners, led by a renegade Southern rebel. In December 1863, on behalf of the Confederate States of America, they captured the SS Chesapeake, the New York-to-Portland passenger steamer in one of the final acts of piracy in North American history. Amid tales of battles at sea and fortunes lost and won, Kert’s exposure of the murky context in which these semi-legal marauders operated reveals surprising truths about Confederation and its promoters. Paperback 112 pages