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From The Times, September 15, 1786:

".... A letter from Alicant says, that three Barbary galleys are cruising within four leagues of that harbour in order to intercept some French ships which are expected to arrive there from Newfoundland; but the letter says it is hoped they will come under convoy, but for fear they should not, the merchants of that city have fitted out a sloop, which has sailed to meet the Newfoundland fleet, that they may have notice, and be prepared to give them a warm reception, or run into some other port to avoid them. .... "


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The Times, January 27, 1785:

" ... Extract of a letter from Gibraltar, Jan 4 The Barbary rovers are exceedingly numerous and troublesome; the Algerine Corsairs, though the Dey professes great friendship to the English, hesitate not to stop our ships, from whence they are earnest to procure such nautical articles as quadrants, glasses, compasses, without which it is difficult to procure release from those pirates, though it is little better than a downright robbery.

The King's Fisher sloop* is dispatched to Algiers with a representation to the Dey, concerning this very illegal interruption to our trade, which otherwise bids fair to thrive particularly from the Spanish ports. ...."




* possibly the Kingfisher?



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.... while I'm on an Algerine roll ;) .... The Times, August 28th, 1786:

" ... Extract of a letter from Barcelona, July 28 ... on Friday last anchored in this port, an Algerian rover, mounting 36 guns, 12 and 18 pounders, in a very shattered condition, having the day before met with a Portugueze man of war in company with a frigate, which she engaged, and beat them off, after a conflict of eight glasses. We have since heard, that the frigate was so terribly mauled, that she sunk soon after the action; but most of the crew were saved. The Algerine must undergo some considerable repairs before she can proceed to Algiers. ...."


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The Times, January 4th, 1786:

"......A letter from Leghorn, received on Saturday, says, that a Venetian vessel of 30 guns has taken, after a smart engagement, an Algerine corsair, and has taken her in there, but the prize was ordered out of port, to some convenient place to perform quarantine, for fear of the plague being on board, and a strong guard is placed to prevent the prisoners from escaping. ...."

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From The Naval Chronicle (1804, Volume XII):

"The Pirates from the coast of Barbary have become very audacious in the Mediterranean. Lately they approached Palermo, and destroyed the implements which served to take the tunnies. They took besides two boats, and carried away into captivity two clergymen, who took a walk at some distance from the ramparts of that city."

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Post Re: Barbary pirates (and Danegeld) 1797
Rudyard Kipling's poem "Dane-Geld" warns of the dangers of paying off anyone demanding a ransom - in his case, especially the Vikings - but in the attached reference the Bey of Tripoli and the Danes are in active negotiation concerning such payment.

"The end of that game is oppression and shame
And the nation that plays it is lost"

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Viking wrote:
Rudyard Kipling's poem "Dane-Geld" warns of the dangers of paying off anyone demanding a ransom - in his case, especially the Vikings - but in the attached reference the Bey of Tripoli and the Danes are in active negotiation concerning such payment.

"The end of that game is oppression and shame
And the nation that plays it is lost"

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The Danes were in good company. Many nations paid Dane-geld to the corsairs of North Africa. The USA actually made one payment in the form of a fully equipped 32gun frigate. :roll:


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The Times,September 6th, 1785:

" ...... Extract of a letter from Oporto, Aug.2 ' ...... arrived at this place the N.S. De Esperon, a Portuguese frigate, in a very shattered condition, having had an engagement with an Algerine corsair of 16 guns, which lasted near two hours; the corsair being so much disabled both in the hull and rigging, and having 40 men killed, and 18 wounded, struck to the Portuguese. Next day she was attacked by another corsair, who retook her, and began firing on the Portuguese, which escaped from her. She had 30 men killed and 10 wounded.' ...."

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