Queens County has a rich and colorful history of seafaring, particularly in the 1700s and 1800s. Two famous privateering vessels were the Liverpool Packet and the Liverpool Rover. Liverpool Packet (The following were listed in Armand Wigglesworth's Anecdotes Of Queens County, Volume II): Enos Collins, Halifax, owner Joseph Allison, Halifax, owner Caleb Seeley, Liverpool, privateersman Benjamin Knaut, privateersman John Barss, privateersman James Barss, privateersman John Patch, crew Samuel Freeman, crew Siphorus Cole, crew Samuel Pool, crew Benjamin Freeman, crew, Isaac Allan, crew Seth Freeman, crew Eli Page, crew William Richardson, crew Harris Prnetis, crew Lodowich Smith, crew Thomas Freeman Smith, crew Smith Roberts, crew Isiah Barss, crew John Miles, crew Others: Cornelius Knowles Lewis Knaut James S. Clements Joseph Barnaby James Dexter Charles W. Shea Malachi Freeman William Cook John Morine Henry Crooks Benjamin Harrington Alex Cameron William Thomas Theodosius Ford Eldred Nickerson
Liverpool Rover Alexander "Big Alex" Godfrey Snow Parker
Inventory Of Articles Required To Outfit The Larger Privateers The following list appeared in Janet Mullins book Some Chronicles of Liverpool: Cannon balls, bullets, grape-shot, gun powder Paper, flannel and sheet lead for making cartridges Sweet oil and black lead for gun lubricants Barrels of handcuffs for prisoners Match rope and priming wires for the cannon and muskets Grappling hooks and grapnel chains for seizing the enemy after running alonside Gaff chains for slinging the spars overhead, so that they would not come tumbling down, if the halliards were shot away Tomahawks, harpoons, lancers, boarding pikes and hatchets, for hand-to-hand fighting Flints for the pistols and muskets Lanthorns or lanterns Lime to keep the water casks sweet Bolts of canvas and palms and needles, for the privateer made and repaired her sails at sea Many cords of wood.
Provisions For Privateers Beef Pork Fish Preserved meats like tongues Ship's biscuits Loaves of break baked on board from time to time Rice Peas Beans Potatoes Wine Coffee Chocolate Sugar Molasses