In 1795, while he was Ambassador to
France, Ben Franklin purchased a small French schooner.
He manned the vessel with Portuguese sailors, but
appointed an American captain. Because the ship was nearly
invisible at night, Franklin aptly named her Black Prince and
sent her to raid British merchant shipping.
gained a reputation as a courageous privateer, taking
prizes in the English Channel and even attacking British
ships in their home ports. the prizes and booty she
captured were sent home to the Colonies to help win the
War for Independence.
This Black Prince privateer schooner model features:
- All parts are wooden or metal
21" long x 14" tall $690