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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425

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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.

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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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(Site updated 18 June 2018)

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"Character is Destiny"
by Guest Columnist James Masciarelli

During the war that gave birth to the United States, American privateers took over 3,000 British vessels and captured much-needed muskets and gunpowder, which they delivered to the Continental Army. The deeds of one particular privateer stand out because of his audacity. One day he came alongside an English ship and demanded her immediate surrender. With a lit fuse in one hand, he waited for five minutes beside a gun. The enemy ship soon struck her colors. Unbeknownst to the English, Haraden had bluffed. Had he fired the gun, it would have been his one and only shot. He had not additional shot or powder with which to reload. Guest columnist James Masciarelli shares more about Captain Haraden and other equally bold members of his family.

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Pirate Quote of the Month
Our public ships, to be sure, have done wonders . . . but in point of real injury and depredation on the enemy, our privateers without question have been most effectual.

-- President Thomas Jefferson, 6 February 1813

Had it not been for our privateers, the Stars and Stripes would have been completely swept from the seas.

-- Edward Stanton Maclay, 1898

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The Pirate's Duty
by Katherine Bone

Historical Romance, 19th century

Beyond Beauport
by James Masciarelli

Fiction, 21st century

No Limits to Their Sway
Edgardo Pérez Morales
 Privateers, Maritime History, Latin American History, 19th century

Loch Garman
by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction, 9th century


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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If you're an adult pirate or would-love-to-be adult pirate looking for a fun way to spend your summer vacation, why not checkout Faith Pierce's interview at Under the Crossbones. She runs Finding Your Neverland, a three-day camp in Oregon that's sure to provide you with ways to detox from the digital world and indulge your inner pirate at the same time.

Other recent guests include Rich Manic of Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show, Robin Flanagan of Crimson Pirates and Chris Leidenfrost of The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told, and Bradley Rodgers, the Director of Maritime Studies at Eastern Carolina University.

For those interested in Phil's other recent guests at Under the Crossbones check out the Episode Guide.

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Gregory Edmonds' new book, The REAL Story of Pirates, is all about learning and having fun. Initially started as coloring pages for hospitalized children, one drawing soon became seventeen, which then led to this book. Within its pages you'll find history, pirate profiles, navigation, tales of adventure, sea talk, coloring pages, puzzles, and many other activities. Perfect for people of all ages, especially young pirates under the weather and those who are looking for quick tips for learning to talk like a pirate. There are also suggestions for hosting a pirate-themed parties. (Review forthcoming)

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Pride of Baltimore II Sails On

I recently learned that the Maryland Legislature agreed to provide ongoing financial support for the Pride of Baltimore. This is great news, especially since the funding makes a great 30th birthday present for the schooner, those involved in sailing and promoting her, and all who support her and her mission. Although the state will provide $500,000 annually for five years, beginning in 2019, she still needs donations from the public. You can learn more about this ambassador to the world at the link above.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Pirates & Privateers
Friday mornings, June - September 2018
Fort Phoenix
Fair Haven, Massachusetts

Pirate Crafts for Kids
7 June - 30 August 2018
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Hatteras, North Carolina

(Summer Science School)
19 June - 27 July 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

North Carolina and the Golden Age of Piracy
29 June 2018
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Hatteras, North Carolina

By Hook and By Crook: Anne Bonny and Mary Read
14 July 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

Moby-Dick Marathon
31 July - 1 August 2018
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
10-11 August 2018
Beaufort, North Carolina

Pirate Weaponry
11 August 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

Pirates of the Cape Fear
8 September 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

Mary Read & Anne Bonney
21 August 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Southport, North Carolina

Pirate Holidays
13 October 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

Women Pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read
19 October 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina

Hell Around the Horn
Speaker: Rick Spilman, author
NMHS Seminar Series
3 November 2018
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Montrose, New York

 Blackbeard's Final Battle at Ocracoke Inlet
10 November 2018
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, North Carolina
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

Mad as the Wind and the Sea
A Buccaneers' Fantabulous Rollicking Tragic Opera
20-24 June 2018
Gospel Hollow Town Hall
Calais, Vermont

Queen Anne's Revenge Traveling Exhibit
300th Anniversary of Sinking
2 June - 29 July 2018
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Hatteras, North Carolina

1 August - 30 September 2018
Edenton Historic Site
Edenton, North Carolina

3 October - 29 November 2018
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

3 December 2018 - 31 January 2019
North Carolina National Maritime Museum
Southport, North Carolina

23 March - 26 August 2018
Melbourne Museum
Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Adventures Aboard a Fighting Ship

Opens 25 May 2018
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers
Now through 2 September 2018
Hampton History Museum
Hampton, Virginia

The Vikings Begin
Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden
19 May - September
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

Science, Myth, and Mystery
The Vinland Map Saga
19 May - September 2018
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

Bringing Pirates to Life
1-28 October 2018
Savvy Authors
Workshop (forums)

Death in the Ice
The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition
November 2018 - April 2019
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut


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I always enjoy your newsletter. Thank you for putting all that great information together! -- Dr. Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, author of The Pirate Next Door

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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
Five-Star Reviews
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Apprenticed Pirates and Young Adults
Fiction Books for Adults
Nonfiction Books 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 June 2018)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated April 2018)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated April 2018)

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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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 August 2017)



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