Her Imperial Majesty's Royal Navy once sanctioned the use of privateer vessels in the past, which were basically pirates sponsored by the Royal Navy to hamper enemy ships and steal their precious booty. Hopefully this information will help to assuage some of your feelings of doubt.
Roland Deschain - Half prophet, half gunslinger, all Pastafarian!
"Since Alexander Pearce escaped, over 250 people have disappeared in the Tasmanian wilderness. No remains have ever been found." - Dying Breed