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Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet

National Geographic Ben Franklins Pirate Fleet (2011)
When I wrote Ben Franklin into Fiddler’s Green and implied his involvement in Fin Button’s adventures, I had no idea that it would turn out to be true. But the National Geographic Channel aired a documentary last week suggesting just that. It seems Mr. Franklin employed a veritable fleet of pirates and privateers, often with the specific intent of freeing captive American sailors. I nearly fainted when I read that because it seems lifted right out of the pages of the book. Amazing.

Could the Revolutionary War era privateer being excavated in the show be the Rattlesnake? Alas, I don’t have cable TV so I didn’t get a chance to watch it and find out for myself. Here’s hoping that the episode will find its way to Netflix soon.

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