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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 27 May 2016)

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From dangers hidden in the sea to mutinies, sinking ships, and battles, this article concludes our look at the dangers pirates faced when at sea.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month

It was off Tortugas that Atwell first told me there was money on board, and proposed to me to take possession of the brig. I refused at that time. The conspiracy was talked of for some days, and at last I agreed that I would join. Brownrigg, Dawes, Church and the whole agreed that they would. . . . Browrigg agreed to call up the Captain from the cabin, and [Wansley] agreed to strike the first blow. The Captain was struck and I suppose killed, and I lent a hand to throw him overboard. But for the murder of the mate, of which I have been found guilty, I am innocent -- I had nothing to do with that. The mate was murdered by Dawes and Church.

Charles Gibbs
on trial for mutiny, murder, and piracy, 1831
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Memoirs of Captain Sam Bellamy
by John A. Boyd
History, 18th century

Memoirs of Captain Sam Bellamy
by John A. Boyd
reviewed by Laura Nelson
History, 18th century

by Faye M. Kert
History, War of 1812, 19th century

A Confederate Biography
by Dwight Sturtevant Hughes
History, American Civil War, 19th century


Upcoming Appearances

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to speak to your group,
please contact me.

For information on upcoming workshops,
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For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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The Pirate Republic

New Board Game:
                      Pirate Republic
On Friday, 27 May, Green Feet Games will launch a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a new board game called "The Pirate Republic." 1713 is the year and pirates across the Caribbean and Spanish Main forge empires and seize power from the European imperialists. The designer is Tom Butler,  a Special Operations Veteran, and the game is for two to four players. Fundraising ends 27 June 2016.

With the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, many privateers and sailors find themselves out of work. But the promise of treasure and freedom lure them to go on the account. New Providence becomes their private domain and from there they launch countless attacks on merchant ships and
raids on imperial land bases. Pirate captains complete Flying Gang campaign missions, while a saboteur tries to thwart their endeavors.

(goes active on 5/27/2016)

(Note: When this goes live, I will add the link. For full disclosure, I serve as the game's editor.)

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Pirates Ashore
21 May 2016
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Pirate Days
21-22 May 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
3-4 June 2016
Parade 6 June 2016
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Drake's Raid on St. Augustine
3-4 June 2016
Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
St. Augustine, Florida

Sea Music Festival
9-12 June 2016
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

Vero Beach Pirate Fest
29-31 July 2016
Riverside Park
Vero Beach, Florida

Pirates of the Fairibbean
17-20 August 2017
Davis County Fair
Farmington, Utah

Naval History Conference
8-9 September 2016
U. S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland

Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens in theaters 7 July 2017

Exhibits & Courses

5 February - 5 September 2016
Discovery Times Square
New York, New York

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers of the Carolinas
3 March - 16 July 2016
Morris Center
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Illuminating the Sea
The Marine Paintings of James E. Butterworth
through 31 May 2016
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers
opens 20 June 2016
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

The Lost World of the Sailing Ships 1780 to 1880
An Introduction to Maritime History
begins 26 September 2016
Lecturer: Dr. Helen Doe
semester-long online class
University of Exeter Continuing Education


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Thank you, Cindy, for the excellent article [Mother Nature, Pirates, & Dangers at Sea] and very useful resource list.

-- Arthur Dunkelman, Director, Jay I Kislak Foundation

Thank you for creating a great website.

-- Steve Edwards, Texas


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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
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated August 2015)

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 May 2016)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Revised November 2015)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated April 2016)

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


The majority of the artwork on these pages is copyrighted by the artists.
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


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