The East Coast - Ship Rigged Fleet
Colonial Navy Inc. plans to build up to 16 full-sized copies of historic American and Canadian square-rigged ships of the period 1607 to 1780. Each will be licensed to carry 12 paying trainees in double cabins. The ships will be operated along the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and the Great Lakes, depending upon the seasons and the weather. These ships will be identical below the waterline, and will differ in details, trim, color-schemes, and rigs. They will measure 65 feet long on deck and 20 feet beam. They will normally be sailed in small fleets of from four to six at a time, allowing for inter-vessel competitions afloat and ashore, as well as cooperation between the ships. The office to run the East Coast ships will probably be in Portsmouth, Virginia.
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14-gun Pirate Ship BATCHELORS DELIGHT
After several years of successful plundering from Chile to California (during which time they also managed to discover eastern New Zealand, which they called Davisland, and Easter Island, and they were also the first English people to visit, chart, and document the Galapagos Islands; their account was avidly read by Darwin), they decided they had gained enough treasure. The most famous member of the crew, William Dampier, at this point joined the crew of another ship so he could sail around the globe. The crew of the Batchelors Delight heard in 1687 at Panama that James II was about to be thrown out by Parliament and replaced by his daughter Mary with her husband William. Therefore, as insurance, they buried a third of their treasure on Isla Coco, Costa Rica, and sailed back around Cape Horn, spotting the Antarctic Peninsula in the bad weather (the first people ever to see Antarctica). The various pirates were dropped off in groups of four in English colonies from Jamaica to New Hampshire with their shares of the treasure, so as not to draw attention to themselves. The ship was sold in Philadelphia to a few members of her own crew, who took her a-pirating to the Indian Ocean, and she disappeared from the public record about 1697. Wafer, Davis, John Hingson, and Pierre Cloise had not been in Virginia even one day when they were arrested under suspicion of piracy (someone had recognized Davis). After almost three years in jail (where Cloise died) at Jamestown pending trial, they were sent to London, where the judge struck a plea bargain: they could have their freedom in return for surrendering a large proportion of their loot to King William & Queen Mary for some charitable purpose. The monarchs then gave the money (today’s value: about $12 million) to found the College of William & Mary in 1693 at what is now Williamsburg, Virginia. Davis later recovered the rest of his treasure from Costa Rica, just in time to donate some of it to the rebuilding of William & Mary after a fire in 1705. A portrait of the ship has now been found on a period French map of the Americas, and another portrait on a map of the Galapagos; accurate pictures of specific pirate ships are extremely rare. Like many ships of her day, she carried a square spritsail-topsail on a small mast precariously perched on the end of the bowsprit.
14-gun Revolutionary War Privateer Corvette ALLEGIANCE
14-gun Revolutionary War Privateer Corvette GENERAL PICKERING
Colonization Barque GIFT OF GOD
8-gun Fishing Pink/Pirate Ship La SAINTE-ANNE/REVENGE/ROSE-PINK
Notoriously brutal pirate Ned Low had a short career from 1721 to 1724, using a variety of ships. One of his most important was another sister-ship, Rose Pink, formerly belonging to French Newfoundland fishermen. He lost her through stupidity in a careening accident in the Caribbean.