The French Assault on American Shipping, 1793-1813: A History and Comprehensive Record of Merchant Marine Losses

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McFarland, Apr 20, 2009 - Transportation - 558 pages
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During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, France was plagued by war and crop failures and was desperately in need of supplies. Legally and illegally, French privateers and cruisers took cargo from merchant vessels of every nation, perhaps the United States more than any other. At least 6,479 U.S. claims involving more than 2,300 vessels were filed and these claims give a close approximation of American goods lost to the French. The three main sections of this reference book present a comprehensive accounting of the losses (arranged by ship), descriptions of court cases involving important questions of law, and the disposition of claims. Also included are a glossary, a list of geographical locations mentioned in the text, and an overview of relevant acts of Congress, proclamations, treaties, and foreign decrees.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A General Chronology of Major Events
7
Section I Reported Losses
43
Section II Cases Illustrating Important Questions of Law
371
Section III Disposition of Claims Under the Act of January 20 1885
413
Appendix I
473
Appendix II
474
Appendix III
479
Bibliography
495
Index
497
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Greg H. Williams served four years in the Navy, two of them at sea. In 1994, he was one of 27 volunteer crew members who made the entire voyage on the SS Jeremiah O'Brien from San Francisco to Europe for the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. He lives near Noti, Oregon.

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