This Week in History
The Liverpool Packet is Captured
|For the week of Monday June 10, 2013
On June 11, 1813, during the War of 1812, the most dreaded Canadian privateering vessel, the Liverpool Packet, was seized by the American privateer schooner Thomas. The Liverpool Packet was owned in part by Enos Collins, a wealthy seaman and entrepreneur from Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The Packet was one of the first Canadian privateering schooners to participate in the War of 1812 and the most successful to have sailed out of a Canadian port. It helped capture more than 50 American ships during the war!
The involvement of the Liverpool Packet signals an important Atlantic Canadian contribution to the War of 1812, and the Liverpool Privateers were recognized as a significant National Historical Event in 1933. Enos Collins was designated a person of national historic significance in 1984 for his contributions to the physical, commercial, and social development of Halifax in the early 19th century.
This year is the second of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. For more stories about the war, please read HMS Shannon Defeats and Captures USS Chesapeake and Sinking of the USS Hamilton and Scourge in the This Week in History archives. Commemorative events will take place at the York Redoubt, Halifax Citadel, Georges Island, and all across Canada! For more information on the War of 1812, visit Commemorating the War of 1812 on the Parks Canada website.
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