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Within these pages of Pirates & Privateers, you'll find articles on all aspects of maritime piracy from ancient times to modern day. Pirate Articles is an annotated list of all the articles I've written. Pirate Links is an annotated list of the best web sites that specialize in piracy and life at sea from early days through the Age of Sail. The Book Review pages house the reviews on the latest fiction and non-fiction pirate and maritime books for children and adults. Other highlights include specialized bibliographies, piratical places to visit, pirate dates in history, piracy quotes, and information about The Rebel and the Spy, my current novel-in-progress that started me on the path of piracy.

If you'd like to be notified when I post a new article, as well as to read the latest pirate-related news that doesn't appear here, subscribe to the Pirates and Privateers Newsletter. If you'd like to read a sample of my newsletter before you subscribe, click here. Subscribers never miss out on the latest happenings at Pirates and Privateers.

As always, if you have a question about pirates, please write and ask. If you'd like me to write about a particular pirate or subject, let me know. One cautionary note to those searching for genealogical information. Historical records about pirates are rare. Much of what is known comes from government records, including court trials, and the few first-person accounts written during a particular time period. This information rarely contains details pertinent to what you need to identify and/or learn about ancestors. The simple fact is that the vast majority of pirates' names remain unknown. I cannot answer this type of question, so rather than contact me, you should check genealogical depositories and websites, as well as national archives.

A special note to teachers and students: Answering questions and locating information is something I love to do. If you need help with a project or report, please contact me. Should you use any of my articles or reviews, please let me know and remember to include the proper citation. The majority of material contained within this website is copyrighted.

Fair winds and following seas,
also known as The Pirate Lady

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New articleWoodes Rogers
New article
Circumnavigator, Privateer, Author, & Governor

Rogers arrived to take up his new post as Governor of the Bahamas, but not everyone was pleased with his presence. Charles Vane caused problems, as did a few other pirates. Rogers tolerated no pirate who took the royal pardon only to return to his old ways. John Augur was one who found this out. These were only a few problems that Rogers dealt with during his first tenure as leader of the island.

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Pirate Quote of the Month
[O]ne small pyrate with 50 men that are acquainted with the inhabitants (which too many of them are) will ruin that place [New Providence], and be assisted by the loose inhabitants, who have hitherto never been prosecuted to effect for aiding them.

~ John Graves, customs collector, April 1706
A Memorial: or, a Short Account
of the Bahama Islands etc.
The Bonnie Bookaneer's

New reviewsOctober Book ReviewsNew

In Like Flynn
by Lauren Smith
Historical Fiction

The Further Exploits of the Pirate Queens
by James Grant Goldin

Historical Fiction

Captains & Conspiracies
by Jane Glatt


Barbary Captives
edited by Mario Klarer


The Hated Cage
by Nicholas Guyatt


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Sea Yarns Galore

Irwin is currently on hiatus.
We wish him well and hope he returns soon.


Upcoming Appearances

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If you would like the Pirate Lady 
to speak to your group,
please contact me.

For information on upcoming workshops,
click here.

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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The seas be quiet in remembrance of the queen.

Pirates be takin' a holiday to celebrate
International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


In light of Covid-19, please check with the venues
to make certain events and museums are open
and have not been cancelled or postponed.

Rebels at Sea
Privateering in the American Revolution
Eric Jay Dolen, presenter

22 September 2022
in-person and via Zoom
The Mariners' Museum and Park
Newport News, Virginia

Mermaids & Mateys
23-24 September 2022
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
23-25 September 2022
Beaufort, North Carolina

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park
30 September - 31 October 2022
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, California

Buccaneer Days
6-8 October 2022
Catalina, California

Pirates of the High Seas & Renaissance Fest
7-9 October 2022
Panama City Beach, Florida

Harwich International Shanty Festival
7-9 October 2022
Harwich, United Kingdom

2022 Annual Awards Dinner
National Maritime Historical Society
27 October 2022
New York Yacht Club
New York, New York

50th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships
7-9 February 2023
Newport, Rhode Island

Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

Sea Monsters
Delving into the Deep Myth

New exhibit now open
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744
12 February - 20 November 2022
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom

26 November 2022
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California


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. . . pirate authority Cindy Vallar, whose eponymous website is the subject's answer to the Library of Alexandria. -- Keith Thomson, author of Born to Be Hanged.

I am amazed at the extensive amount of information you have posted on your site about piracy. Your research and writings are excellent and I congratulate you on your efforts . . . I just read your post on Captain Blood again and am awed by the amount of detail you have researched about the novel and the sources that Sabatini used as the basis to write the book. No one to my knowledge has done anything like that. It is very unique and fascinating. Thanks for your excellent efforts. ~ Steve Darley, co-author of The Last of the Great Swashbucklers


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Being a Pirate (or How to be one)
History of Piracy
Modern Piracy
Notorious Pirates (or Who was who)
Piracy Around the World
Pirates and Literature
Wooden Sailing Ships

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Activities for Young Pirates
Exotic Ports of Call
Modern-day Piracy
Notorious Pirates
Pirate Literature
Piratical Books Online
Ships and Sailing
Treasure Troves

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Latest Reviews
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Apprenticed Pirates and Young Adults
Fiction for Adults
Nonfiction for Adults

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Pirate Adventures  and Pirates Adventures 2010 and Pirates Adventures 2017
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated April 2017)

The Age of Sail
Examines merchant ships, maritime commerce, and seaports

Before the Age of Sail
Examines ships prior to the seventeenth century

Barbary Corsairs Resources

Articles, books, and web sites on the Barbary Corsairs

Canadian Piracy Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on piracy and privateering in Canada

Modern Piracy Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on piracy today
(Updated July 2022)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated August 2022)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated September 2022)

Pyrate Surgeons Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on pyrate surgeons and medicine at sea in the Age of Sail

Wooden Sailing Ships
Inside look at a wooden ship

Pirates and Privateers Site Map


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To obtain permission for their use please go to ClipArt.com.

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The Rebel and the Spy, my current Novel-in-Progress, centers around Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans.  Below are links to places depicted in the novel and a resource list for those seeking information on Jean Laffite, Pirates, Ships in the Age of Sail, the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, and many other subjects.

Jean Laffite's Haunts

New Orleans and Piracy Resource List
(Updated October 2020)



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