Brigantine Reprisal Ensign/1776 SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT - NAVY
100% pre-shrunk cotton. Colors may vary slightly from picture.
A privateer is a privately-owned warship authorized by "letters of marque" from a recognized national government to attack foreign shipping. The 13 Colonies, having declared their Independence, had only 31 ships comprising the Continental Navy. To add to this, local state governments issued Letters of Marque to privately owned merchant ships which were then armed as warships to prey on British merchant ships.