Rover was a privateer brig out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, known for several bold battles in the Napoleonic Wars. She was built in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (then known as Herring Cove) over the winter of 1799-1800. Rover was owned by a group of merchants from Liverpool, Nova Scotia and led by Simeon Perkins and Snow Parker. In 1803 she was sold to Halifax owners who employed her as a merchant vessel. Upon the outbreak of the War of 1812 the owners of the Rover quickly converted her to a privateer. The brig was commanded by Alexander Godfrey under a British letter of marque. During the war the privateer ship was briefly captured by American privateers, eventually being recaptured by the British. The Liverpool Packet was the most successful privateer vessel ever to sail out of a Canadian port
The privateer also inspired the "Ballad of the Rover", a song written in the 1920s by Nova Scotian writer Archibald MacMechan.
Ballad of the Rover Privateer: http://youtu.be/eDG4J-6Ab2k
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