American Revolution Podcast

ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

August 29, 2021

Captain Gustavus Conyngham disrupts merchant shipping around Great Britain.  His efforts earn him the moniker "The Dunkirk Pirate" from the British.  He is captured several times but manages to escape. Upon returning to Philadelphia, the Continental Congress challenges his credentials and confiscates his ship.

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