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Rebels at Sea

Thursday, September 22, 2022

7:00 PM EDT

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Rebels at Sea


Eric Jay Dolin, best-selling author and historian

About the Lecture

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.

PURCHASE your copy of Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution in the Museum’s Gift Shop or on AmazonSmile today! We invite you to support the Museum when you shop on Amazon. Go to and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice. Thank you!

Registration information:

Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online. Evening lectures will be in person in the Main Lobby and livestreamed.

In person 

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Free for Museum Members. $10 for guests


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online

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.

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