Liverpool Packet - a famous privateering ship from Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Liverpool Packet – a famous privateering ship from Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Painting of the Liverpool Packet

Painting of the Liverpool Packet

Today, all roads lead to the Port of the Privateers, just as they did in colonial times.

Liverpool, Nova Scotia is where you will find the most comprehensive permanent exhibit and stories of the Privateering Era in the province.

The Privateers were private citizens who, after receiving a Letter of Marque from the crown, armed their vessels and attacked enemy ships on the high seas.  Liverpool was home to many privateering vessels, such as the “Liverpool Packet.”

The Queens County Museum houses an extraordinary collection of Privateering artifacts, such as an original Letter of Marque, a sea service pistol and a cutlus.  But best of all, we have a scaled replica of the first 34 feet of the Privateering Ship, the “Liverpool Packet.”

While exploring the deck of this ship, you will learn Liverpool’s Privateering role between 1775 and 1815.

We invite you to board our ship.  Have our staff officially make you a Privateersman.  Listen to the cannon as it fires a warning shot to an approaching enemy.  Or engage in the several computer screens to fill your curiosity on Privateering and how they were different from Pirates.

Privateer: On the wrong side of the law?

Pirate or Privateer

Pirate or Privateer

During Colonial Days many ships plied the waters around Nova Scotia, and beyond. Many were merchant ships exchanging goods in the New England states, as well as Europe. Some privately owned merchant ships were ‘privateers’, capturing enemy ships and taking some of the booty for themselves, just like pirates did.

But there was one key difference between these two types of making a ‘living on the sea’ by capturing other ships, and taking their goods.

What was the difference? Click the Answer tab to find out!