Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX 76244-0425
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.
Happy Birthday to Pirates and Privateers
as we begin our 19th year of publication!
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Fair winds and following seas,
also known as The Pirate Lady
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(Site updated 19 March 2019)
The Pirate Known as La Buse
Olivier Le Vasseur
Known by many monikers -- including La Bouse, Leboose, La Bouche, La Buze, The Buzzard -- little is known about Olivier Le Vasseur aside from the fact that he was a French pirate, possibly from Calais, who operated out of Saint Domingue. (Captain Johnson said that he operated out of New Providence.) This changed when he met two English pirates, whose names are well-known in the annals of piracy: Benjamin Hornigold and Samuel Bellamy.
Pirate Quote of the Month
To Mortal Men that daily live in Wickedness and Sin;
This dying Counsel I do give, hoping you will begin
To serve the Lord in Time of Youth his Precepts for to keep;
To serve him so in Spirit and Truth, that you may mercy reap.
In Youthful blooming Years was I, when I that Practice took,
Of perpetrating Piracy, for filthy gain did look.
To Wickedness as all were bent, our Lusts for to fulfill;
To rob at Sea was our Intent, and perpetrate all Ill.
I pray the Lord preserve you all and keep you from this End;
O let Fits-Gerald's great downfall unto your welfare tend.
I to the Lord my soul bequeath, accept thereof I pray,
My body to the Earth bequeath, dear Friends, adieu for aye.
-- John Fitzgerald on the eve of his execution on 19 July 1723
Member of Charles Harris's crew
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
April Book Reviews
A Vengeful Wind
by James L. Nelson
Historical Fiction, 9th century
History of Navigation
by Dag Pike
History, Multiple centuries
(Reviewed by Irwin Bryan)
What the Parrot Saw
by Darlene Marshall
Historical Romance, 19th century
Pirates in History and Popular Culture
edited by Antonio Sanna
History, Literature, Arts, Popular Culture, Multiple centuries
If you would like the Pirate Lady
to speak to your group,
please contact me.
For information on upcoming workshops,
For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.
Pirate and Maritime News
Workshop Registration Now Open
Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers Presents
Bringing Pirates to Life
Instructor: Cindy Vallar
Dates: 1-28 April 2019
Cost: $25 for FF&P Members, $30 for Non-FF&P Members
Phil Johnson's latest guests include Captain James Hawk of The Scarlet Fortuna (promotes pirates and reading), Marc Paquien (creator of Treasure Island Board Game), and Bradley Williamson (CEO of Treasure Expeditions -- here's his article on Olivier Le Vasseur).
Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses
NOLA Pyrate Week
29 March - 7 April 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
Franklin Lost and Found
Probing the Arctic's Most Enduring Mystery
5 April 2019
Mystic Seaport Museum
11 April 2019
Baltimore Museum of Industry
12-13 April 2019
Greenville, North Carolina
2019 National Maritime Awards Dinner
2 May 2019
National Press Club
Hobart Whaling Conference
6-7 May 2019
Carnegie Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania
8-12 July 2019
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Who Were the Real Pirates & Privateers?
presented by Cindy Vallar
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Houston Bay Area RWA Chapter
Kirkmont MUD Building
Sarnia-Lambton Tall Ship Celebration
9-11 August 2019
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Tybee Island Pirate Fest
10-13 October 2019
Tybee Island, Georgia
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances
Horrible Histories Pirates
Opens 6 April 2019
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth Naval Base
New Permanent Exhibit Open (video)
Tampa Bay History Center
The Vikings Begin
20 October 2018 - 14 April 2019
A Pirate's Life for Me
20 October 2018 - 22 April 2019
V&A Museum of Childhood
London, United Kingdom
Death in the Ice
The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition
November 2018 - April 2019
Great compliments on your site and research. -- Dimitri Devyatkin, screenwriter & film producer
Being a Pirate (or How to be one)
History of Piracy
Notorious Pirates (or Who was who)
Piracy Around the World
Pirates and Literature
Wooden Sailing Ships
Activities for Young Pirates
Exotic Ports of Call
Piratical Books Online
Ships and Sailing
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Apprenticed Pirates and Young Adults
Fiction Books for Adults
Nonfiction Books for Adults
Special ResourcesPirate 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 February 2019)
Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated April 2018)
Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated January 2019)
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
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 December 2018)
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