Armed Merchant Cruisers: Auxiliary Cruisers of the United States, Commerce Raiders, Royal Navy Auxiliary Cruisers, Merchant Raider

 
9781157770596: Armed Merchant Cruisers: Auxiliary Cruisers of the United States, Commerce Raiders, Royal Navy Auxiliary Cruisers, Merchant Raider
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 222. Not illustrated. Chapters: Auxiliary Cruisers of the United States, Commerce Raiders, Royal Navy Auxiliary Cruisers, Merchant Raider, George Anson's Voyage Around the World, Css Alabama, Css Shenandoah, Rms Aquitania, Mar Negro, Rms Empress of Russia, Ss Letitia, Rms Oceanic, Rms Empress of Asia, Rms Empress of Japan, Rms Empress of Britain, Hms Artifex, Ss Teutonic, Commerce Raiding, Ss Rajputana, Rms Laconia, Rms Empress of France, Hms Hilary, Uss Resolute, Css Florida, Ss Ranchi, Ss Antenor, Css Sumter, Uss Saint Paul, Hms Rawalpindi, Rms Cedric, Hms Jervis Bay, Rms Carmania, Ss California, Rms Carinthia, Hms Hector, Hms Otranto, Ss Laurentic, Rms Celtic, Hms Pretoria Castle, Ss Ophir, Hmas Kanimbla, Css Tuscaloosa, Ss Alcantara, Hms Montclare, Hms Forfar, Rms Caronia, Ss India, Ss Patroclus, Rms Ausonia, Ms Alcantara, Rms Atrato, Hms Calgarian, Ss Otway, Rms Andania. Excerpt: While Great Britain was at war with Spain in 1740, Commodore George Anson led a squadron of eight ships on a mission to disrupt or capture Spain's Pacific possessions. Returning to England in 1744 by way of China and thus completing a circumnavigation, the voyage was notable for the capture of an Acapulco galleon but also horrific losses to disease with only 188 of the original 1854 surviving. In 1739, the riches that Spain derived from the New World were well known throughout Europe. Huge quantities of silver were shipped from Peru, carried over the isthmus at Panama and then loaded on another ship at Portobelo bound for Spain. Other ships carried luxury goods from Manilla to Acapulco from where they were taken to Vera Cruz and loaded along with Mexican silver. Spain's Caribbean possessions provided sugar, tobacco, dyes and spices. Britain had negotiated a treaty that allowed The South Sea Company to send one trading vessel per year to Spanish terr...

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