Small thing but what about swapping captured back for confiscated on the text. Probably a terminology thing but when I hear confiscated I think of something being taken away from an unruly school kid who's been disrupting class. I have visions of Somers steaming up to this ship and metaphorically putting it in its pocket!
No biggie though!
It could be either. The Admiralty court officially called it a "confiscation" so that is why I used it. It may be a term that ties to eligibility for prize money, or the term may have been used because the US was not at war at the time. Otherwise I usually opt for the simpler word.
I think this being the last case of prize money being given for "capturing" an enemy ship (for the USN anyway) is a really cool historical marker. The Royal Navy stopped awarding prize money to officers and crew in 1948. According to Wikipedia captured/confiscated ships can still be sold for prize money, but most nations now forbid the granting of any of that money to the naval officers and crew that did the capturing.
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