Can someone explain how the prize money thing worked ?
First scenario ..
HMS Desperate captures a French frigate or whatever , a skeleton crew then sails it back to the nearest RN part and it becomes HMS Capture .
How much do the crew get for this ?
Where do you keep it without it being stolen ?
Is it enough for the crew to say thanks for the ride , but I'm leaving ?
Second scenario ..
HMS Desperate , on station in the Caribbean captures a Spanish cargo ship loaded with two tons of silver destined for the Spanish treasury .
What then ?
Does the captain turn round and say " Well lads , get in touch with Savills because you'll all be wealthy landowners as soon as we dock in Portsmouth " ?
Or do they sail to America , sell the ship and become entrepreneurs ?
Are there ANY tales of happy ever after ?
Captain ( later Admiral ) Thomas Cochrane led three ships around the coast of France, Spain and various parts of the Med making life very unpleasant for His Majestys enemies.
In the process they captured a few ships, some with valuable cargo.
A friend of mine is direct descendant of one of those Captains and the family had an Estate in Scotland ( long gone in Inheritance taxes ) but still owns a sizeable chunk of the Shepheard Neame brewery.
Its such a shame Prize money is a thing of the past. They will be taking away cutlasses and the Rum ration next....