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Massachusetts Privateer Ship America




America

Commander John Somes

Armed Ship

9 June 1780-

Massachusetts Privateer Ship


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[9 June 1780]

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(1) Ship Eweretia (George Testonby), [August] 1780

(2) Brigantine Nancy (Andrew Crighton), [August] 1780

(3) Snow Beaver (William Roxburgh), [August] 1780


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Massachusetts Privateer Ship America was [commissioned on 9 June 1780] under Commander John Somes1 of Newburyport.2


America, under Somes, captured at least three prizes. These were all libeled by Somes on 4 September 1780, with trial set for 3 October 1780 in the Massachusetts Maritime Court of the Middle District. The prizes were the 280-ton ship Eweretia (George Testonby); the 160-ton brigantine Nancy (Andrew Crighton); and the 140-ton snow Beaver (William Roxburgh).3



1 Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 72

2 Claghorn, Naval Officers of the American Revolution, 291

3 The Boston Gazette, and the Country Journal, Monday, September 4, 1780


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