Nova Scotia Archives

Spoils of War: Privateering in Nova Scotia

American prisoners escape while working in Dartmouth


After shipwreck and disease, the greatest risk facing privateersmen was captivity. Worst off were those jailed in fever-ridden Caribbean jails. But life in Halifax’s Melville Island prison was no picnic, thus escape attempts were common.

Date: 1814

Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Newspapers: Acadian Recorder 15 October 1814 p. 3