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privateersman

(ˌpraɪvəˈtɪəzmən)
n, pl -men
(Nautical Terms) another name for privateer2
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Noun1.privateersman - an officer or crew member of a privateerprivateersman - an officer or crew member of a privateer
crew member, crewman - a member of a flight crew
ship's officer, officer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
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The number of French seamen captured by Britain provides a sense of the effectiveness of the convoy system: some forty-two thousand French privateersmen were captured by the British during the 1790s, with twenty-seven thousand French seamen held as captives by Britain at the close of the Napoleonic Wars.
of men and hated to see privateersmen take away prime sailors.
Shortly after the outbreak of the war, the London Times lamented, "American merchant seamen were almost to a man converted into privateersmen and the whole of our West India trade either has or will in consequence sustain proportionate loss" (Letters from New York State 1812).