American ship Yankee Hero and British Milford at sea

NMHS Seminar Series: Rebels at Sea with Eric Jay Dolin – 20 July 2023

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution
with Best Selling Author
Eric Jay Dolin

Thursday, 20 July 2023
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Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY
Welcome & Refreshments at 6:30 PM EST, Lecture at 7:00 PM EST, Q&A to Follow


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Join us on Thursday, 20 July 7:00 PM EST in person or on Facebook Live for the NMHS Seminar Series featuring bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin as he presents his book Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.

Rebels at Sea was awarded the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award for 2023, is a finalist for the New England Society Book Award, and has also been selected as a “Must-Read” book by the Massachusetts Book Awards for 2023.

Cover of the book Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American RevolutionThe heroic story of the founding of the US Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war, that truly revealed the new nation’s character―above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos.

In Rebels at Sea, best-selling author and historian Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission, and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes―as well as government documents granting them the right to seize enemy ships―thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before.

About the Speaker

Photo of author Eric Jay DolinEric Jay Dolin is the author of fifteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for US Maritime History. His most recent book before Rebels at Sea is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Booklist, Library Journal, and the editors at Amazon. It was also selected as a “Must Read” book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for 2020.

A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Eric Jay Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family. For more information, please visit