Before the seventeenth century Poland didn't HAVE any regular NAVY. There WERE many PRIVATEERS. working for POLISH kings. In the fifteenth century they ATTACKED ships carrying GOODS to Teutonic castles on the Baltic COAST. In the sixteenth century about thiry SHIPS of Polish privateers often ROBBED Swedish and Danish ships on the BALTIC Sea.
Mateusz Scharping was the most famous COMMANDER. of the Polish privateers. Michał Figenow was another FAMOUS privateer. In 1569, for their services to POLAND , they were BOTH made noblement by the Polish KING, Zygmunt August.
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