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.
Fair winds and following seas,
also known as The Pirate Lady
(Site updated 15 February 2014)
Pirate Quote of the Month
Sir Henry Mainwaring on the
Prevention and Suppression of Piracy
To thank James I for his pardon from piracy, Sir Henry Mainwaring wrote a treatise on piracy that served as a guide for hunting these predators.
Note: The April issue will be posted around March 15th.
The pirates heard of his magnanimous behavior, and over 2,500 admitted their sins and submitted to punishment. Pirate chiefs . . . altogether 30 in number, folded their arms, offered lists of names and submitted. So we allotted them land, clothes, and food, granted seeds and urged them to take up agriculture.
– Governor of
, 936 Iyo, Japan
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
February-March Book Reviews
Judas Island by Joan Druett
Promise of Gold trilogy
Historical Fiction (19th century)
The Pirate Captain by Kerry Lynne
Historical Fiction (18th century)
If you would like the Pirate Lady
to speak to your group,
please contact me.
For information on upcomings workshops,
For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.
Pirate and Maritime News
The premiere of this new Starz series is slated for 25 January at 9 PM. This article includes two trailers of this pirate series set on New Providence Island during the golden age of piracy. (Interview with co-creator)
Book Launch at MidSouthConDark Oak Press will soon release their new anthology of pirate short stories under the title A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder. One of the twenty-four tales is my historical fantasy, "Rumble the Dragon." Rumble is a misfit dragon who must work with outlawed Norsemen to recover a stolen chalice from nefarious Vikings. My story is appropriate for all ages, but not all the stories in the book may be. Available in hardback, paperback, and e-book formats.
The official launch will be at MidSouthCon (March 21-23) at the Hilton in Memphis, Tennessee. I'll be there so if you're there, stop by Dark Oak Press booth and introduce yourself.
Age of Sail Workshop
During February and March, I'm teaching a workshop on the Age of Sail (1650-1850). Hosted by Hearts Through History Romance Writers, this class is conducted via an e-mail list. It's geared toward writers, but anyone is welcome to participate. Click the link above for more information and/or to register.
Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, has been nominated in six categories, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor. The Oscars will be awarded on 2 March 2014.
Mystic Seaport is looking for someone who wishes to stow away on the Charles W. Morgan. This person will sail about the last wooden whaleship and share his/her experience with the world on the 1841 ship's commemorative voyage. Deadline to apply is 18 February 2014. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Click the link above for more information and details on how to apply.
Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits
Black Beard's Black Pirates
Their Origins, Their Identities, and Their Fates
Presenter: Kevin Duffus
16 February 2014 at 2:00 PM
Washington, North Carolina
200th Anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner on Board the Lynx
8 March 2014
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida
Pirates, Privateers, Robber Barons
Leiden Seminar on Law, Literature, Rhetoric
17 March 2014
14 April 2014
Lipsius 235C, Universiteit Leiden
These Contrary Winds:
Weather and its Effect on Ships, Mariners, and Maritime History
42nd Annual Walker Maritime History Symposium
3 May 2013
Maine Maritime Museum
Tackling Kidnapping, Hijack and Hostage-Taking
5th Annual Conference
21-22 May 2014
10th Maritime Heritage Conference
17-21 September 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
8 February - 28 September 2014
San Diego History Museum
San Diego, California
Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure
24 May 2013 - 5 January 2014
Discovery Times Square
New York, New York
To the Ends of the Earth . . . and Back
24 September 2013 - 27 February 2014
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
University of Southern Maine
Turner & the Sea
22 November 2013 - 21 April 2014
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom
I just found your website a few days ago and I love it. It thrills me to find so much more depth on the subject of piracy than what other websites on piracy and my bookshelf has to offer. – Drew K.
Love your passion for the subject. – Bob H.
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
Fun places for pirates in need of rest & relaxation
(Updated February 2013)
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 2014)
Pyrate Surgeons Resources
Articles, books, and web sites on pyrate surgeons and medicine at sea in the Age of Sail
The Age of Sail
Examines merchant ships, maritime commerce, and seaports
Before the Age of Sail
Examines ships prior to the seventeenth century
Wooden Sailing Ships
Inside look at a wooden ship
Pirate Limerick Cemetery
Compliments of Catalina the Pirate and Friends
Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated November 2013)
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
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