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Historians have neglected the history of naval exploits during the American Revolution. Unimpeded by the American privateer vessels and the Continental and state navies, Britain would have achieved a strangle-hold on the colonies and the Americans would not have obtained their independence. There are no records in the Maine State Archives at Augusta regarding the privateersmen of the American Revolution; the researcher must examine those at the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, Boston. This author, after researching several books, has been able to locate fifty-two privateer vessels and/or naval officers from Maine, which are listed here.