Proud Privateer

On this day in 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain.

Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
To help fight this war the government commissioned private ships to sieze the enemy's ships. They were given the name "privateer." Their role was mainly to capture goods from enemy merchant ships. They rarely took on Britian's mighty Naval warships.

The vessel pictured here is actually a replica of the fishing schooner, "Fame." Fame earned it's name in the War of 1812 as it was the first privateer commissioned and the first to bring back a war prize.

The "new" Fame is based in Salem, Massachusetts which was once home to as many as 43 privateers. She is used for daily sailing tours of Salem Sound and the harbor.

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