A letter of marque delineated the difference between “pirate” and “privateer.” A government — usually a monarch — would designate a particular ship and captain to continue doing more or less what they’d been doing (pillaging and plundering) but against enemies of the state. Any private vessel could become an unofficial naval enforcer, but in this case there were no legal consequences, or trials for piracy… at least while whoever issued the letter of marque considered it convenient.
Famous privateers included Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte.
A gorgeous 100% merino wool superwash, in fingering weight. It has a lovely twist ply that gives stitches beautiful definition. While having an unbelievably soft hand, the ply makes it durable and strong. Perfect for socks or anything else you can dream up!
400 yards, 100 grams
100% merino wool
Fingering weight / 2 ply