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The Queen's own Pirates - The Cherabin sank in 1603

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""Historians believe they have raised England's only surviving 'state pirate ship' from the bottom of the Thames estuary after 400 years.

Most of the time the Cherabin led an honest existence, trading between England and Turkey for the Levant Company before it sank fully-laden in a storm in 1603.

But behind this peaceful image lay a sinister double life - plundering other nations' traders in 'terrorist' raids which were signed and sealed by the High Court of Admiralty.""

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