Privateer Schooner Lord Spencer

This schooner had taken two prizes on her first cruise when she struck a reef off Venezuela and sank in 1800. Fortunately all of her crew were rescued by another Nova Scotian privateer vessel, the brigantine
Nelson. Despite the ill luck of his first command, Spencer's captain, Joseph Barss Jnr, later went on to be one of Canada's most successful privateer commanders ever, aboard Liverpool Packet in the War of 1812.

Crew: 58
Tonnage: About 80
Rig: Schooner
Armament: 12 guns
Commander: Joseph Barss Jnr.
Letter of Marque Issued: Nov. 6, 1799
Prizes Taken: 2

Sources: Conlin, A Private War in the Caribbean.

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