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History of an American merchant brig in 1812

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I have been researching HMS Whiting in obsessive detail for a model of the schooner that I am building. One branch of the research took me off on a tangent which gives a flavour of the war of 1812 from the perspective of a small trading vessel. False colours abound and the boundary between privateering and piracy is definitely crossed. Spoiler alert: at the end the lawyers win. 


The 1805 Club accepted my paper and published it in their magazine, the Kedge Anchor, earlier this year. I have attached a pdf extract which is only two pages so a quick read. Enjoy! If you don't know about the 1805 Club then have a look on Google. 




KA 57 Bandurek.pdf


George Bandurek

Near the coast in Sussex, England


Current build: HMS Whiting (Caldercraft Ballahoo with enhancements)


Previous builds: Cutter Sherbourne (Caldercraft) and many non-ship models


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Thanks, George. Very interesting.


So many countries adopted the practice for commercial as well as war reasons, there must be many such stories to be told.


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