‘The Rosamond’ An American Privateer



Tall Ships in Newport, RI

Famous American Privateers.

Several days ago I discovered there was a ship named Rosamond that was a Privateer. I wonder if she was owned by Captain Samuel Rosamond of Charleston. She was sunk with all hands lost. She was carrying $100,000 in plunder. I have been looking as to why the Rosamonds got up and left South Carolina and moved to Mississippi. Did Samuel mortgage everything in order to purchase this ship, including his two homes on Bay? Was this ship deliberately grounded so the fortune would not have to be shared with other investors? The Rosamond family bought several tracts of land in Mississippi and built plantations on them.

The ship above in the USS Providence carrying eight guns. The Rosamond would be of this size.

Every American Grandson would love to hear stories of family Pirates. Tyler Hunt will not be hearing any stories from his grandfather for he was kidnapped by the pirate imposter, Barnacle Bill, the drunken fake sailor man who never served his nation in time of war.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014

Early in. the War of 1812 most of the ‘[ American privateers were small pilot boats, but it was soon found that they were too weak to capture many vessels, as most of the English merchantmen were too heavily armed for them. This led to the construction of powerful i swift-sailing craft, mounting twelve, j eighteen, twenty-four and even thirtyi three pounders, and manned by 120 and j 100 men—veritable corvettes —which ‘ were sent to sea at private expense. Of j this class were the privateers Paul Jones, Rosamond, Saratoga, General Armstrong and Tb’rktown. Perhaps the most formidable of all was the frigatebuilt ship America, a privateer which was purchased in France in 1793 byGeorge Crowninshield. Many of our merchant vessels, transformed into privateers, proved to be formidable craft. In fact, a large proportion of our merchantmen were built with a view to speed; for, thanks to British interference in our mercantile affairs, the American shipowner had found it preferable to sacrifice a little carrying space in his ships to additional speed, as It would enable him to outsail the British cruiser and thus avoid disastrous delays and degrading impressments.—

On 9 January 1813 while cruising between Curacao and the Spanish Main FELLOWES retook a brig and learnt that she had been taken by one of three American privateers in the area.
He went in pursuit and discovered her the next morning off Porto Cabello and after a long chase he got within range at 2 o’clock on the morning of the 11th. and drove the privateer ashore on Point Hicacos.
Her commander and 24 men were drowned trying to reach the shore. She proved to be the ROSAMOND of 8 heavy guns and 105 men and she had on board 100,000 dollars in specie beside other plunder.








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3 Responses to ‘The Rosamond’ An American Privateer

  1. Ruud Jongejan says:

    I presume you know that Anthony Rosemont was a dunkerque privateer (documented in “les corsaires du littoral”)

    • Ruud Jongejan says:

      In “Advertentien,Aankondigingen en Berigten van Dordrecht” (dingsdag 11 Februarij ,1812) the following message is published:
      Le corsaire (armed cutter/privateer) les Trois-Monts-Rouges, capitaine Rougemont a pris dans les eaux de Sicile et conduit a Napels deux batiments Anglais”.
      Privateering in your (and my) family was not unusual
      Wheather capitaine Rougemont was indeed related to the rosemont /rosamond (or Roosemont/ Roozemond) family I do not know, it seems however that he had no doubts about the origin of his family name.
      At least two paintings exist of “les-Trois-Monts-Rouges” (one is produced in 1811 and the other one in 1815)

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