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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.

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.


Fair winds and following seas,
Cindy
also known as The Pirate Lady

 
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New articleWoodes Rogers
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Circumnavigator, Privateer, Author, & Governor

Rogers's cruise around the world continues. Not everyone is pleased with the voyage so far, but eventually he and his men achieve one of their original goals. Doing do, however, comes at a great cost to Rogers.


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Pirate Quote of the Month
In the case of pirates . . . I would like to show whether that profession of theirs has any peculiar glory about it. It sometimes ends in uncommon elevation, indeed: but only at the gallows.

~ Herman Melville in Moby Dick
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The Forgotten Slave Trade
by Simon Webb
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Balchen's Victory
by Alan M. Smith

Naval
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Sea Yarns Galore


Irwin is currently on hiatus.
We wish him well and hope he returns soon.




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Upcoming Appearances

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Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses

Events

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.



NJ Shipwrecks Seminar
22 June 2022
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Montrose, New York
Also will be livestreaming


Tall Ships Challenge
Great Lakes 2022
25-26 June to 25-28 August 2022
United States & Canada


4th of July
The Maritime Museum of San Diego
4 July 2022
San Diego, California


Northwest Pirate Festival
9-10 July 2022
Lacey, Washington


Pirate Invasion
30-31 July 2022
Long Beach, California

Exhibits, Courses, & Performances


Diving Deep: HMS Invincible 1744
12 February - 20 November 2022
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom


Cutty Sark Rig Climb
Opens 2 April 2022
Royal Museums Greenwich
London, United Kingdom


New Ropery Gallery
Now open
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom


Boarded!
3 September 2022
26 November 2022
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California



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I read part one of Woodes Rogers this morning and enjoyed it immensely! . . . It's really fascinating history and you did an awesome job of bringing the story to life. -- Larry Nye

This is a GREAT article with information I have wondered about for YEARS. -- James Grant Goldin



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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
Privateers
Wooden Sailing Ships

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Activities for Young Pirates
Archaeology
Education
Exotic Ports of Call
History
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 April 2022)

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

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated June 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

 

The majority of the artwork on these pages is copyrighted by the artists.
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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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