Nova Scotia Archives

Spoils of War: Privateering in Nova Scotia

Guide to Secondary Sources: For Further Reading on Nova Scotia Privateering

This listing borrows heavily from Dan Conlin, "A Historiography of Private Sea War in Nova Scotia," in Journal of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 1, 1998, pp. 79-92.

For identification of primary sources relating to privateering in Nova Scotia, see the Guide to Primary Source Material on Privateering included within this Website, as well as the bibliographies and notes contained in the works of Dan Conlin and Faye Kert.

Traditional Accounts

Archibald, Adams G. "Sir Alexander Croke," Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 2, 1880, pp. 110-128.

Armour, Charles A. and Thomas Lackey. Sailing Ships of the Maritimes (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1975).

Blakeley, Phyllis R. "An Adventure with a Privateer," Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly, vol. 2, 1972, pp. 163-171.

Fergusson, C. Bruce. "Letters and papers of the Hon. Enos Collins," Bulletin of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Number 13 (Halifax, Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1959).

Haliburton, Thomas Chandler. Historical and Statistical Account of Nova-Scotia (Halifax: J. Howe, 1829).

Horwood, Harold and Ed Butts. Bandits and Privateers: Canada in the Age of Gunpowder (Toronto: Doubleday, 1987).

Laing, Lionel H. "Nova Scotia's Admiralty Court as a Problem of Colonial Administration," Canadian Historical Review, vol. 16, 1935, pp. 151-161.

Leefe, John. "A Bluenose Privateer of 1812," Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly, vol. 3, 1973, pp. 1-20.

Leefe, John. The Atlantic Privateers: Their Story, 1749-1815 (Halifax: Petheric Press, 1978).

MacLeod, Carol. "Privateers and Petticoats," Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly, vol. 8, 1978, pp. 205-214.

MacMechan, Archibald. The Log of a Halifax Privateer (Halifax: H. H. Marshall, 1920).

MacMechan, Archibald. Three Sea Songs (Halifax: H. H. Marshall, 1919?).

MacMechan, Archibald. There Go the Ships (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1928).

MacMechan, Archibald. Nova Scotia Privateers (Toronto: Ryerson, 1930).

Marsters, Roger. Bold Privateers: Terror, Plunder, and Profit on Canada's Atlantic Coast (Halifax: Formac, 2004).

More, James F. The History of Queens County, N.S. (Belleville: Mika, 1972).

Mullane, George. "The Privateers of Nova Scotia," Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 20, 1921, pp. 17-42.

Mullins, Janet E. Some Liverpool Chronicles (Liverpool: Lancelot Press, 1980).

Murdoch, Beamish. History of Nova-Scotia or Acadie, 3 vols. (Halifax: J. Barnes, 1865-1867).

Nichols, George E. E.."Notes on Nova Scotian Privateers," Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 13, 1908, pp. 111-152.

Pullen, H. J. The Shannon and the Chesapeake (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1970).

Raddall, Thomas. The Saga of the Rover (Halifax: Royal Print, 1932).

Raddall, Thomas. The Rover: the Story of a Canadian Privateer (Toronto: Macmillan, 1958).

Raddall, Thomas. "Adventures of H.M.S. Blonde in Nova Scotia, 1778-1782" Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 35, 1966, pp. 29-52.

Snider, Charles H. J. Under the Red Jack: Privateers of the Maritime Provinces in the War of 1812 (Toronto: Musson, 1928).

Modern (Revisionist) Accounts

Bromley, John S. Corsairs and Navies, 1660-1760 (Ronceverte, WV: Hambledon, 1987).

Chard, Donald F. "The Impact of French Privateering on New England, 1689-1713," American Neptune, vol. 35, 1975, pp. 153-165.

Conlin, Dan. "A Private War in the Caribbean: Nova Scotian Privateering 1793-1805," MA thesis, Saint Mary's University, 1996.

Conlin, Dan. "A Private War in the Caribbean: Nova Scotia Privateering, 1793-1805," Northern Mariner, vol. 6 , 1996, pp. 29-46.

Conlin, Dan. "Privateer Entrepot: Commercial Militarization in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, 1793-1805, Northern Mariner, vol. 8, 1998, pp. 21-38.

Crawford, Michael J. "The Navy's Campaign against the Licensed Trade in the War of 1812," American Neptune, vol. 46, 1986, pp. 165-172.

Crowhurst, Patrick. The French War on Trade: Privateering 1793-1815 (Aldershot, Eng..: Scolar Press, 1989).

Cuthbertson, Brian, "Melville Island Prison during the War of 1812," Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 6, 2003, pp. 40-64.

Duffy, Michael. Soldiers, Sugar, and Seapower: the British Expeditions to the West Indies and the War against Revolutionary France (Oxford: Clarendon, 1987).

Faibisy, John D. "Privateering and Piracy: the Effects of New England Raiding upon Nova Scotia during the American Revolution, 1775-1783, " PhD thesis, University of Massachusetts, 1972.

Faibisy, John D. "Privateers and Prize Cases: the Impact upon Nova Scotia, 1776-1783," Prologue, vol. 1, 1979, pp. 185-199.

Fischer, Stephen, et al (eds.) Studies in British Privateering, Trading Enterprise and Seamen's Welfare, 1775-1900 (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1987).

Fraser, D. G. L. "The Origin and Function of the Court of Vice Admiralty in Halifax 1749-1759," Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. 33, 1961, pp. 57-80.

Garritee, Jerome R. The Republic's Private Navy: the American Privateering Business as Practiced by Baltimore during the War of 1812 (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1977).

Gessus, David P. Slavery, War, and Revolution: the British Occupation of Saint Domingue, 1793-1798 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982).

Goldenberg, Joseph A. "The Royal Navy's Blockade in New England Waters, 1812-1815," International History Review, vol. 6, 1984, pp. 424-439.

Jackson, Melvin H. "The Consular Privateers: an Account of French Privateering in American Waters, April to August, 1793," American Neptune, vol. 22, 1962, pp. 81-98.

Janzen, Olaf. "The Royal Navy and the Defence of Newfoundland during the American Revolution," Acadiensis, vol. 14, 1984, pp. 28-48.

Janzen, Olaf. "The American Threat to Newfoundland Fisheries, 1776-1777," American Neptune, vol. 48, 1988, pp. 154-164.

Jenkins, H. J. K. "Privateers, Picaroons, Pirates: West Indian Commerce Raiders, 1793-1801," Mariner's Mirror, vol. 73, 1987, pp. 181-186.

Jones, Peter E. "Grant Us Commission to make Reprisals Upon Any Enemies Shipping," Rhode Island History, vol. 34, 1975, pp. 105-119.

Kert, Faye. "The Fortunes of War: Privateering in Atlantic Canada in the War of 1812," MA thesis, Carleton University, 1986.

Kert, Faye. "The Fortunes of War: Commercial Warfare and Maritime Risk in the War of 1812," Northern Mariner, vol. 8, 1998, pp. 1-16.

Kert, Faye M. Prize and Prejudice: Privateering and Naval Prize in Atlantic Canada in the War of 1812 (St. John's: International Marine History Association, 1997).

Lohnes, Barry J. "British Naval Problems at Halifax during the War of 1812," Mariner's Mirror, vol. 59, 1973, pp. 317-333.

Lyndon, James G. Pirates, Privateers, and Profits, (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Gregg Press, 1970).

Rediker, Marcus. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

Rodger, N. A. M. The Wooden World: an Anatomy of the Georgian Navy (London: Collins, 1986).

Runyan, Timothy J. (ed.). Ships, Seafaring, and Society: Essays in Maritime History (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1987).

Smith, Philip C. F. "The Privateering Impulse of the American Revolution," Essex Institute Historical Institute, vol. 119, 1983, pp. 49-62.

Starkey, David J. British Privateering Enterprise in the Eighteenth Century (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1990).

Stone, Arthur J. "The Admiralty Court in Colonial Nova Scotia," Dalhousie Law Journal, vol. 17, 1994, pp. 363-429.

Swanson, Carl E. Predators and Prizes, American Privateering and Imperial Warfare, 1739-1748 (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1991).

Tanner, Dwight. "Young Teazer, the Making of a Myth," Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly, vol. 6, 1976, pp. 405-412.

Other Material

Innis, Harold A (ed.). The Diary of Simeon Perkins, 1766-1780 (Toronto: Champlain Society, 1948).

Harvey, D. C. (ed.). The Diary of Simeon Perkins, 1780-1789 Toronto: Champlain Society, 1858).

Fergusson, C. Bruce (ed.). The Diary of Simeon Perkins, 1790-1796 (Toronto: Champlain Society, 1961).

Fergusson, C. Bruce (ed.). The Diary of Simeon Perkins, 1797-1803 (Toronto: Champlain Society, 1967).

Fergusson, C. Bruce (ed.). The Diary of Simeon Perkins, 1804-1812 (Toronto: Champlain Society, 1978).