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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.

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Cindy
also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 20 January 2015)


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Of his early life we know nothing. Of his later life we have only rumors.  In fact, he appears in the historical record for only a short span of time – the waning days of Edward Teach’s career. Yet many have heard his name; he’s a coxswain on the Hispaniola in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Whether called Israel or Hezekiah or Basilica, Hands was a real pirate, perhaps best known for a tale Captain Johnson recounts in A General History of the Pyrates.




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Pirate Quote of the Month

It is important to make comparisons with piracy in the past, which highlight the connections between past events and current developments.
– Arnold Palmer, The New Pirates (2014)


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The Bonnie Bookaneer's
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Cutty Sark by Eric Kentley
 
Maritime History, 19th & 20th centuries


The New Pirates by Andrew Palmer
Modern Piracy, 21st century



Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Historical Fiction
, Fantasy, 18th & 20th centuries


Tread Carefully on the Sea by David K. Bryant
Historical Fiction, 18th century


Pirates of the Timestream by Steve White
Science Fiction, 17th century


Pirates Off the Wall by T. W. Kirchner
Fiction, 21st century


Pirates Off Kilter by T. W. Kirchner
Fiction, 21st century



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For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

 
 

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Hong Kong Pirates
Time Out recently released its Top Ten list of notorious pirates. How many of these Asian sea-bandits do you know?
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Recently the European Court of Human Rights found that France's detention of pirates violated their right to liberty and security because the judicial process was delayed. They ordered France to pay damages to the pirates. Human Rights at Sea reviews and comments on this decision.



Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


Events

Treasure Island
19 December 2014 - 8 April 2015
National Theatre
London, England


The Battle of Galveston
An Updated View
1 February 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas



Heave-Ho! Dodgeball Battle
Kickoff for 2015 Pirate Festival
7 February 2015
Dow Bay Area Family Y
Bay City, Michigan


Civil War Blockaders
with author Andrew Hall
10 February 2015
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas


Maritime Security Management Asia
25-26 February 2015
Singapore


Pirate Fest
10-12 April 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada


Laffite Seminar
17-18 April 2015
Galveston, Texas


Tall Ships
25-28 June 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey
Exhibits

B is for Buttersworth, F is for Forgery
Solve a Maritime Art Mystery
25 October 2014 - 26 April 2015
The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia


The Art of Piracy: Pirates in Modern Culture
24 January - 26 April 2015
Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay, Florida




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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
Privateers
Wooden Sailing Ships

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Activities for Young Pirates
Archaeology
Education
Exotic Ports of Call
History
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
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated February 2013)

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 January 2015)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated December 2014)

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
 

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