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Lotnummer: 499
35 ILLE-ET-VILAINE. SAINT-MALO. Action (Cession d'Intérêt) + Prospectus. black. No 13. During the Napoleonic wars many French ships were fitted out, as corsairs, to find and capture English ships on the high seas, making profits by selling the ships and cargoes. The costs of fitting out the ships was met by selling shares (of which this is one). In this case, the cutter Le Renard, was being offered to investors by Robert SURCOUF, the most famous of the corsairs. The ship was in St.Malo; it was 55 feet long, 19 feet wide, and 9.5 feet deep below the water; had 16 cannons, and a crew of60-70 men. The total cost was F80.000, and shares of F1000 were sold to investors. This share was sold to a Mr. J. Recamier. After a successful voyage, the corsair ship would return to its home port, with its prizes, for sale. The proceeds of the saleswould be paid to the investors. The ship would then be prepared for a fresh voyage, by selling new shares, or sold. SURCOUF (1773-1827) was a native of St.Malo, who devoted his life to hunting the English. From 1795 (at the age of 22) to 1801, with three corsair ships (Emilie, Clarisse and Confiance), he searched the Indian Ocean, achieving many successes and causing serious losses to his enemies. In 1803, Napoleon offered him the rank of captain; he refused, but accepted the title of Baron of the Empire. After a break of six years, he took to sea again in 1807 in the Revenant, but retired finally after this campaign, and fitted out ships for his own account. He died at St.Malo, very rich and respected. SURCOUF has signed this share; the signature is undamaged and very clear. Extremely rare and much wanted.
Thema's: BEFORE 1800, SHIPPING
Datum: 5 September 1811
Kwaliteit: VF
Startprijs: € 3000