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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.

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also known as The Pirate Lady

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Once again, Irwin Bryan shares books from his Tall Ships Database. So, What's New? explores 19th-century titles about the Age of Sail, some of which are written by sailors. He also looks at how he discovers these older stories that to him are new.

Continuing the theme of "new" maritime stories, Irwin focuses on naval series in So, What's New? Part Two. One of the best-known characters of one of these is Horatio Hornblower, but he is just the tip of the iceberg. While many authors concentrate on the Royal Navy during the Anglo-French wars of the 18th and early 19th centuries, some writers have chosen earlier periods.

I will return in February, when the March edition of Pirates and Privateers begins exploring the life and adventures of history's most famous pirate hunter. We'll also celebrate Pirates and Privateers' 22nd anniversary. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Irwin's Sea Yarns Galore.

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Pirate Quotes of the Month
The conduct of all privateers is, as far as I have seen, so near piracy that I only wonder any civilized nation can allow them.

 – Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson

But ships are but boards, sailors but men : there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.

-- Shylock in The Merchant of Venice
Act I, Scene III

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The Buccaneer Coast
by James L. Nelson

Historical Fiction

Tides of Mutiny
by Rebecca Rode

by Richard Woodman

Historical Fiction


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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.

A New Pirate Adventure
26 December 2021
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
29 January 2022
Tampa, Florida

Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships
8-10 February 2022
Massachusetts Maritime Academy & Virtual
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Treasure Coast Pirate Festival
11-13 February 2022
Fort Pierce, Florida

"For the grandeur of this crown"
The English and French Navies, 1500-1650

22 February 2022
Free virtual talk
Royal Museums Greenwich

National Maritime Historical Society
Mississippi River Cruise

12-19 March 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana to Memphis, Tennessee

Götheborg of Sweden
Expedition 2022

Beginning in April
Sweden to East Asia
Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

Fighting Talk: One Boy's Journey
from Abandonment to Trafalgar

15 October 2021 - 27 February 2022
Foundling Museum
London, United Kingdom

The American Society of Marine Artists
18th National Exhibition
22 October 2021 - 27 February 2022
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St. Michaels, Maryland


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Your review is so gorgeously written . . . And now I've discovered your excellent website as well. It's a tremendous resource. ~ Larry Feign, author of The Flower Boat Girl


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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 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 December 2021)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Updated May 2021)
Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated December 2021)

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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