2016 Winter Dinner
featuring a presentation on The Holy Terror: New England Privateers by Dr. G. William Freeman and an exclusive Privateer Rum tasting
Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:00 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 p.m. – Dinner
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Spouses and guests welcome
The event is now full. If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list, please call 617-226-1215.
Dr. G. William Freeman & New England Privateers
Author of The Holy Terror (2015), Dr. Freeman is a sixth generation descendant of Captain William Nichols, a commissioned privateer captain and naval hero during the War of 1812. From early childhood, Freeman heard stories about his grandfather's bravery and as an adult conducted considerable genealogical and historical research about his ancestor and privateering. In this lecture Dr. Freeman will put right common misconceptions about privateers, discuss how captured prizes were allocated, and illustrate the characteristics of privateer captains using Captain Nichols as an example. You will learn of Nichols' background and naval training in Newburyport, Massachusetts; adventures on the Decatur; his captures from merchant trading ships; and his many daring escapes.
Andrew Cabot—six generations removed from the original Andrew Cabot who inspired the launch of Privateer Rum—is the driving force behind the company. The original Andrew Cabot was a merchant, rum distiller, and one of the most successful American privateers. His fleet totaled more than twenty-five ships including the True American for which the company's amber rum was named. Learn more about Privateer Rum, its inspired products, and taste a part of history!