murray_kinsman at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 14 20:40:43 PDT 2005
privateer: a privately owned warship commisioned to
prey on commercial shipping and warships of an enemy
Privateers were hired, during wars, by countries in
sudden need of a navy. Privateer is not a fancy word
for pirate. Privateer is a term for nautical
Now, MERCENARY is a term bandied about freely, so
why is privateer not? Because it is a mis-defined
term, that most people think means pirate. I am no
pirate, I am a mercenary with a ship.
Before aquiring a letter of Marque, and shipping
out as privateers, my crew and I were merchant
sailors, with ship's guns for defence.
Captain Robert Haddock
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