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The Privateer: John Derby

John Derby hailed from a wealthy merchant family in Salem, Mass. He gained fame during the Revolution for delivering news about the war across the Atlantic. The Hit and Run History crew tracks down how Derby turned to the profitable service of raiding English shipping fleets as a privateer.

Exploring Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., the crew stumbles upon the grave of John Derby, then Heads over to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, to talk with historian Emily Murphy about Derby's life.
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