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Evening Lecture:
Rebels at Sea

September 22 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT


Presenter: Eric J. Dolin, best-selling author and historian

The story of the founding of the US Navy during the American Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war, that truly revealed the new nation’s ambitious and entrepreneurial spirit.

In Rebels at Sea, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission, and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes, thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to Eric, and he will answer following the lecture.

A book signing follows the Q&A.
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Pre-order a Mariners’ Café hors d’oeuvres box when you buy your ticket.
A limited number of boxes will be available for purchase during the event.


Attending in person?

  • This lecture is $10 for guests, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Each individual attending the lecture requires one (1) ticket. Up to six (6) tickets may be purchased in one transaction.
  • Each ticket includes one (1) drink ticket. A cash bar will be available for additional beverages
  • A limited number of Mariners’ Café hors d’oeuvres boxes will be available for purchase during the event. Pre-ordering is encouraged.

Watching remotely?

  • This lecture is free to watch online, and you may register below.

Evening Lecture
Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution
Thursday, September 22, 2022 • 7 p.m. (ET)

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

In person (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Free for Museum Members, $10 for guests

Ticket includes one beverage. Mariners’ Café hors d’oeuvres boxes and cash bar are available.


Free to watch online

Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at: [email protected].

Can’t attend?
No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our
YouTube Channel shortly afterward.


September 22
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT


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