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Author Petrie, Donald A., 1921-

Title The prize game : lawful looting on the high seas in the days of fighting sail / Donald A. Petrie.

Published Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c1999.

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 UniM Bail  364.1640903 PETR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 217 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The Ransoming of Eliza Swan: On the Ransoming of Vessels and the Practice of Sea Cartels -- 2. Forbidden Prizes: On the Nature of Prizes and the Rights of Captors and Sovereigns -- 3. The Piracy Trial of Luke Ryan: on Letters of Marque and Reprisal and the Distinction Between Piracy and Privateering -- 4. Scourge, Rattle Snake, and True Blooded Yankee: on Access to the Prize Courts of other Nations -- 5. The Seizure of Siren: on the Practice of Blockade and the Spoils of War in Combined Army and Navy Operations -- Epilogue: On the End of the Prize Game and on the Question of Why it Worked at All -- App. The Rules of the Prize Game.
Summary "To stimulate the growth and ardor of their fleets, the monarchs of Renaissance Europe offered the crews of their naval vessels and licensed privateers a chance to get rich by plundering enemy ships and cargoes. These actions gave rise to the doctrine and practice of maritime prize - a subject little studied but regularly referred to by C. S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian, and other popular writers about the era. Now, after a decade of research in European and American archives, Donald A. Petrie explains the origins of prize taking, the rules of the sea that became universally accepted among the maritime powers of the world, and the final decline of prize taking during the nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET. "Most of the book is devoted to rollicking, never-before-published sea stories about this form of looting that helped define the last century of fighting sail."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Prize law -- History.
Privateering -- History.
Capture at sea -- History.
ISBN 1557506698 (alk. paper)