United States

The volumes below are just some on the subject, I’d be glad to hear of other recommendations – particularly on individual vessel histories

Edgar S. Maclay, History of American Privateers (New York: D.Appleton and Company, 1899) covers the American Revolution and war of 1812.

Available on http://www.archive.org

George Coggeshall, History of the American privateers, and letters of marquee, during our war with England in the years 1812, ’13 and ’14. Interspersed with several naval battles between American and British ships of war. (New York, 1856)

Available on http://www.archive.org

John P. Cranwell and William B. Crane, Men of Marque: A history of private armed vessels out of Baltimore during the War of 1812 ( New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1940

Jerome R. Garitee, The Republic’s Private Navy: the American privateering business as practiced by Baltimore during the War of 1812 (Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1977)

John A. McManemin, Privateers of the War of 1812 (New Jersey: Ho-Ho-Kus publishing company, 1992)

John A. McManemin, Captains of the Privateers of the War of 1812 (New Jersey: Ho-Ho-Kus publishing company, 1994)

Harold A. Mouzon Privateers of Charleston in the War of 1812 (Charleston: Historical Commission of Charleston, 1954) Available here

Robert E. Peabody, The Log of the Grand Turks (Massachusetts:The Riverside Press, 1926)

Michael Rutstein, Fame: the Salem privateer (Massachusetts: Boxford, Pennant Enterprise Inc., 2006) www.SchoonerFame.com

On the naval side there is;

Ira Dye, The Fatal Cruise of the Argus: two captains in the War of 1812 (Maryland: Naval Institute Press 1994)

William S. Dudley, ed. The Naval War of 1812: a documentary history, 3 volumes (Washington: Naval Historical Center, 1985)

For accounts of those who participated in the War generally the sources for personal accounts can be found in;

John C. Fredricksen, compiler. War of 1812 Eyewitness Accounts: an annotated bibliography (Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997

Great Britain

For general maritime matters this is an excellent site.


On the British side there is Andrew Lambert, The Challenge: America, Britain and the War of 1812 (London: Faber and Faber, 2012 - this, in my view, the definitive work on the subject.

One of the first to explore the circumstances of privateering was Dr Eric Graham, his Seawolves: Pirates and the Scots (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005) gives an excellent view of the diverse characters involved, and their subsequent political and legal problems.

David J. Starkey British Privateering Enterprise in the Eighteenth century (UK: University of Exeter Press, 1990) - see Prize Law for an extract this work.

The most detailed account of the Royal Navy in this war is the contemporary account by William James

Google scholar will give note of the latest academic work.