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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,

Cindy
also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 20 July 2015)


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by Guest Columnist Laura Nelson

During a short span of time in 1716, two pirates terrorized merchant ships in the West Indies. Their names? Samuel Bellamy and Olivier Levasseur. Laura Nelson discusses their plundering in this article about two pirates just kicking around the Caribbean.



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Pirate Quotes of the Month

I am a free Prince, and I have as much authority to make War on the whole World, as he who has a hundred Sail of Ships at Sea, and an Army of 100,000 men in the Field; and this my Conscience tells me.

Samuel Bellamy in A General History of the Pyrates


The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewAugust Book ReviewsNew

Nelson's Band of Brothers edited by Peter Hore
History, 18th & 19th century


The Pirate Lord by Vanda Vadas
Historical Romance, 18th century


Nelson's Victory by Brian Lavery
History, 18th & 19th century


The French Prize by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction, 19th century


To Tame the Wind by Regan Walker
Historical Romance, 18th century


Not Self But Country by David C. Perry
Historical Fiction, 18th century
Reviewer: Irwin Bryan




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In the first thirteen years of this century, 2,919 seafarers became hostages in Somalia. Some have been released, others have not. This video talks about what these hostages deal with, even after they're released. (Source: Maritime Security Review)



Dryad Maritime has released the stats for the second quarter of 2105. The link provides access to the full report as well as an infographic that can be downloaded. While not devoted only to piracy, 120 attacks have occurred and at least 23 crew members have been taken hostage. (Source: Maritime Security Review)



Pirate & Maritime Events & Exhibits

Events

The Emergence of a Maritime Nation
Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485-1714
National Maritime Museum
24-25 July 2015
London, United Kingdom


Sea Chantey Festival
26 July 2015
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California


Guns from the Sea III
Ordnance Society Conference
4-5 September 2015
Portsmouth, United Kingdom








Exhibits

Pirates & Privateers
4 July - 27 September 2015
Hull Maritime Museum
Hull, United Kingdom


Vikings
Through 4 October 2015
The Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois


Pirate Island
Through October 2015
Columbus Zoo
Powell, Ohio


Viking Voyages

20 March 2015 - 22 February 2017
National Maritime Museum
Cornwall, United Kingdom


Real Pirates Logo
8 May - 28 November 2015
Museum of Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho



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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 July 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 July 2015)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(revised February 2015)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated July 2015)

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.

The backgrounds used on Pirates and Privateers are from WebGround.
 
 

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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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