By 1800, Britain was at war with France and Spain, both of which had a significant naval and commercial maritime presence in the Americas. Godfrey obtained a letter of marque to serve as a privateer for Britain, and put to sea in command of Rover, a 14-gun brig. In 1800, while possibly in company with other vessels, Rover encountered and defeated three Spanish warships; in recognition of which Godfrey was offered a Royal Navy commission. Godfrey subsequently paid £850 to purchase one of the Spanish vessels when it was sold as a prize, then sailed it Halifax, Nova Scotia for resale at £1000.
- Conlin 1996, p.58
- Conlin 1996, p.76
- Conlin, Dan (22 April 1996). A Private War in the Caribbean: Nova Scotia Privateering, 1793–1805 (Thesis). National Library of Canada. ISBN 061215517X.