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Surcouf Robert

Surcouf Robert (17731827)

Robert Surcouf wished to be a privateer, but was unable to secure the proper papers. Since the British blockaded French ports during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, he based his operations on Mauritius, a French-owned island, and raided British shipping in the Indian Ocean. When French authorities confiscated his first prize because he lacked a letter of marque, he sailed to France, obtained the license, and returned to privateering. His fame grew, not only because of his successes, but also because of his bravery. He once fought twelve Prussian soldiers at one time, and won. Such notable deeds were common among French privateers and made them national patriots. Ships and streets were named for them, and privateering proved such a profitable venture that even the Bishop of Saint Malo invested in several ventures.

France, 1951, Robert Surcouf

France, 2008, Confiance

Mauritius, 1972, Rober Surcouf

Mauritius, 1974, Rober Surcouf, Kent

France, 1951.06.02, Saint Malo. Surcouf


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