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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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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.

Happy Thanksgiving

Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

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(Site updated 22 November 2014)

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From ancient times onward, death was the punishment meted out to those who followed the sweet trade. Part four of this series examines how they were executed and how they met their executions.

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Pirate Quote of the Month

I go before you on the highway to my salvation I heaven, where we shall meet amongst the fellowship of angels.
  Captain Jennings to two of his men at their hanging for piracy, December 1609

Making my felicity out of other mens miseries, I thought prosperity at sea as sure in my grip as the power to speak was free to my tongue.
  Captain Harris, who was hanged for piracy in 1609

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How Dark the Night by William C. Hammond
Historical Fiction, 18th century, Family Saga

The Pirate's Secret Baby by Darlene Marshall
Historical Romance, 19th century

Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812
edited by Tim Voelcker
Naval History, 19th century, War of 1812

Victory by Iain Ballantyne and Jonathan Eastland
Naval History
, 19th century

Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Fiction, Somali Pirates, 21st century


Upcoming Appearances

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

For information on upcomings workshops,
click here.

For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.


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Interview at The Writing Nut
Ever wonder what a writer's workspace looks like? Nutschell recently interviewed me about where I work and my writing. I hope you'll stop in to see where I work and please leave a comment if you visit.

Larry Koolkin has been a collector of pirate-abelia, amassing a large collection of vintage pirate, treasure, and adventure books, for over 30 years. It's always been a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Having recently moved, hes divesting some of this collection. There are, at present, around 300 volumes to be sold. For the most part, they're under $10, but many are first editions. With the holidays coming, your readership might find them to be appropriate and reasonable gifts. So far about 100 titles are listed with more added weekly, and are being sold via Niklook's Vintage Pirate, Treasures, and Adventure Emporium at Etsy.

Note: This is not a personal or official endorsement. It is simply a news item to alert you to investigate further if you're interested.

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The October/November issue of History Magazine includes an
article on the history of this infamous buccaneer that is written by David A. Norris. For a list of the other articles in this issue click here.

Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


World's Last Whaleship, Restored, Sails Again
Charles W. Morgan Historian Matthew Stackpole
and NMHS Annual Holiday Potluck
6 December 2014
National Maritime Historical Society
Cortlandt Yacht Club
Montrose, New York

Galveston and Houston
A Tale of Two Ports
4 January 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas

Gunboat Diplomacy
Edwin W. Moore and the Texas Navy
18 January 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas

The Battle of Galveston
An Updated View
1 February 2015
Texas Seaport Museum
Galveston, Texas

Civil War Blockaders
with author Andrew Hall
10 February 2015
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Maritime Security Management Asia
25-26 February 2015

Purging the Seas
Government Reaction to Piracy, 1600-2015

with Kim Todt and Elizabeth Nyman
Houston Maritime Museum
Houston, Texas

Laffite Seminar
17-18 April 2015
Galveston, Texas

Ships, Clocks & Stars
The Quest for Longitude
11 July 2014 - 4 January 2015
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom

B is for Buttersworth, F is for Forgery
Solve a Maritime Art Mystery
25 October 2014 - 26 April 2015
The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia


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Compliments on your website.  Very informative. Mario Lopez


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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
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 November 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

Piratical Dates
Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated November 2013)

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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