Pirate Killers: The Royal Navy and the African Pirates

Pirate Killers: The Royal Navy and the African Pirates

100 and fifty years in the past the Royal army fought a bold crusade opposed to ruthless pirates and gained, killing ‘The King of the Pirates’, Bartholomew Roberts off the coast of Africa and shooting his fleet. ratings of his males have been accomplished through the Admiralty Court.

On the Barbary Coast of North Africa pirates preyed on delivery within the Mediterranean and the Atlantic as that they had performed for hundreds of years and so they terrorized the populations of the coastal cities. To them, piracy used to be a lifestyle, and the good sea-powers of the day couldn’t cease them. Then, in a single of the main awesome – and overlooked – anti-piracy operations in maritime historical past, the Royal army faced them, defeated them and made the seas secure for trade.

This is the topic of Graham A. Thomas’ compelling new learn of 1 of the main pernicious episodes within the background of African piracy. As he tells this compelling tale, he uncovers the lengthy culture of piracy and privateering alongside the African shore. Vividly he describes assaults not just within the Mediterranean but in addition at the different part of the continent, alongside the seashores of West Africa and round Madagascar. yet maybe the main telling sections of his narrative obstacle severe engagements that stick out from the tale – the bold rescue of the British service provider send the 3 Sisters by means of HMS Polyphemus in 1848 and the activities of the battleship HMS Prometheus opposed to the Rif pirates many years later.

His account relies on records held on the nationwide files and different unique assets. It offers a desirable within view into the best way the Royal military replied to the risk of piracy within the 19th century.

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