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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.

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also known as The Pirate Lady

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New articleWoodes Rogers
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Circumnavigator, Privateer, Author, & Governor

Our series concludes with the final chapter in Woodes Rogers's life. His work began the moment he landed, since a hurricane had hit New Providence the month before. That wasn't his only challenge either, but this time around he was prepared to meet the problem head-on.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month
Piracy is an offence against the universal law of society. As, therefore, he has renounced all the benefits of society and government, and has reduced himself to the savage state of nature, by declaring war against all mankind, all mankind must declare war against him.

~ Charles Ellms
The Pirates Own Book, 1837

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The long-term goal should be not only to suppress piracy and sea robbery when it takes place, but to create a regional environment that inherently prevents piracy and sea robbery from even being considered by anyone.

~ Jay L. Batongbacal, 2001
Director of the University of the Philippines Institute
for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea
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by Julian Stockwin
Historical Fiction, Nautical Fiction

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Historical Fiction, Nautical Fiction

by Julian Stockwin

Historical Fiction, Nautical Fiction

The Ballycotton Job
by Tom Mahon


A Turn of the Tide
by Kelley Armstrong

Time Travel Romance


Upcoming Appearances

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If you would like the Pirate Lady 
to speak to your group,
please contact me.

For information on upcoming workshops,
click here.

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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Real Pirates

Real Pirates is a series on the most notorious buccaneers of the Golden Age by the British firm Noiser Podcasts. The final three episodes showcase George Lowther. Craig Chapman, a military historian, shares some startling facts about this pirate, whose career begins while in the employ of the Royal Africa Company.

Earlier episodes showcase Benjamin Hornigold, Henry Jennings, Nassau, Sam Bellamy, Stede Bonnet, Blackbeard, Woodes Rogers, Charles Vane, Calico Jack and Anne Bonny, Madagascar, Thomas Tew, Henry Avery, William Kidd, Edward England, Howell Davis, Bartholomew Roberts, Walter Kennedy, Ned Low, Bridstock Weaver, and the Reverend Cotton Mather.

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Happy Holidays

Pirate SnowmanI wish you and your families joy and peace during the coming holiday celebrations. During this time, I will be taking a brief respite from Pirates and Privateers to research the next article and  work on the redesign of the website. Pirates and Privateers will return in February 2023 when both it and myself will be another year older. Thank you for being devoted fans of Pirates and Privateers. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Safe travels and Happy Holidays!

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


In light of Covid-19, please check with the venues
to make certain events and museums are open
and have not been cancelled or postponed.

St. Ives Shanty Shout
25-26 November 2022
St. Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Pirates Week
25-27 November 2022
Cayman Brac
Cayman Islands

Parade of Lights
Maritime Museum of San Diego
11 December 2022
18 December 2022
San Diego, California

Ashley Children's Gasparilla
21 January 2023
Tampa, Florida

Pirates on the Prairie X
4 February 2023
Grand Prairie, Texas

50th Annual Conference on
 Sail Training and Tall Ships
7-9 February 2023
Newport, Rhode Island

Fort Pierce Seafood & Pirate Festival
11-12 February 2023
Fort Pierce, Florida

Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

17 December 2022
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California


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. . . pirate authority Cindy Vallar, whose eponymous website is the subject's answer to the Library of Alexandria. -- Keith Thomson, author of Born to Be Hanged.

I am amazed at the extensive amount of information you have posted on your site about piracy. Your research and writings are excellent and I congratulate you on your efforts . . . I just read your post on Captain Blood again and am awed by the amount of detail you have researched about the novel and the sources that Sabatini used as the basis to write the book. No one to my knowledge has done anything like that. It is very unique and fascinating. Thanks for your excellent efforts. ~ Steve Darley, co-author of The Last of the Great Swashbucklers


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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
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Apprenticed Pirates and Young Adults
Fiction for Adults
Nonfiction for Adults

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Pirate 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 July 2022)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated August 2022)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated November 2022)

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
(Updated October 2020)



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