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PORT OF THE PRIVATEERS

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It has been two cen­turies since the Liver­pool Packet prowled the New Eng­land coast, but vis­i­tors to the Queens County Mu­seum in its name­sake Nova Sco­tia town can once again walk its deck. A full-size replica of the first thir­ty­four feet of the ves­sel was in­stalled as an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit in 2014 to tell the story of the men who waged eco­nomic war­fare in the age of sail.

High­way signs bear­ing the slo­gan “Port of the Privateers” wel­come vis­i­tors to Liver­pool, which was founded in 1759. “Our privateers earned that name,” said Linda Ra­fuse, the mu­seum’s di­rec­tor. “It’s an im­por­tant part of our his­tory. That’s our draw­ing card.”

Each June the town of 2,500, which is about a nine­t­yminute drive south­west of Hal­i­fax, hosts Pri­va­teer Days, a week­end of mu­sic and events that re­call the days when Liver­pool ves­sels set out in search of prizes. A high­light is an en­camp­ment of red- coated re- en­ac­tors who por­tray mem­bers of the King’s Or­ange Rangers, a unit gar­risoned in Liver­pool dur­ing the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion to repulse at­tacks from Amer­i­can privateers.

Large nine­teenth- cen­tury homes, built by sea cap­tains and mer­chants who grew wealthy from the sale of cap­tured ves­sels and car­goes, line Liver­pool’s Main Street. The clo­sure of the area’s ma­jor em­ployer, a pulp mill shut­tered in 2012, has made tourism even more im­por­tant to the town. Pri­va­teer­ing — the mem­ory of it, at least — is still a main­stay of Liver­pool’s econ­omy.

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A scale model of the Liver­pool Packet.

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