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 21 November 2013)
Pirate Quote of the Month
Sir Henry Mainwaring
Born into England’s aristocracy, Henry Mainwaring loved the sea. A journey to the Mediterranean led him to forsake family and position to become a pirate. His success as a Barbary corsair gained him wealth, notoriety, and many offers of pardons. Throughout this career, he remained loyal to his king, James I of England.
America can certainly not pretend to wage a maritime war with us. She has no navy to do it with. But America has nearly 100,000 as good seamen as any in the world, all of whom would be actively employed against our trade on every part of the ocean in their fast-sailing ships-of-war, many of whom will be able to cope with our smaller cruisers; and they will be found to be sweeping in the West Indian seas, and even carrying desolation into the chops of the Channel. Everyone must recollect what they did in the latter part of the American war. The books at Lloyd’s will recount it; and the rate of assurances at that time will clearly prove what their diminutive strength was able to effect in the face of our navy, and that when nearly one hundred pendants were flying on their coast. Were we then able to prevent their going in and going out, or stop them from taking our trade and our ships, even in sight of our garrisons? . . . The Americans will be found to be a different sort of enemy by sea than the French. They possess nautical knowledge, with equal enterprise to ourselves. They will be found attempting deeds which a Frenchman would never think of; and they will have all the ports of the enemy open, in which they can make their retreat and their booty.
– Editors of the Statesman on American privateers
should Britain and the United States wage war (War of 1812)
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
December Book Reviews
Blackbeard by Craig Cabell, Graham A. Thomas, and Allan Richards
History (18th century)
Ships of Oak Guns of Iron by Ronald D. Utt
History, Naval History, War of 1812
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Pirate and Maritime News
Pirates Invade Ocracoke
Scaring Off PiratesBlackbeard and other pirates returned to Ocracoke Island recently for the first annual Blackbeard Jamboree.
Somali pirates may like music, but not the songs of Britney Spears. That makes her music a good tool in the fight against piracy.
It's History Podcasts is a newcomer to sites that offer quality historical information on the web. The founders, amateur historians, focus on modern history around the world from the late 18th century through the Cold War. In addition to the 28-minute podcasts, they also publish a blog and magazine. I'm pleased to announce that with the publication of my article, "Jean Laffite - Enigma, Legend. American hero?, on their blog, they will republish some of my piracy articles on the blog and in their magazine, History Is Now. I will also be writing new pirate-related articles that will only appear in their magazine. I hope you enjoy visiting, reading, and listening to all the material that they offer.
The International Criminal Police Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and World Bank have released a study on pirate finances, analyzing the amounts collected in ransom payments, how the money is distributed, who received these funds, and how they are invested.
The Last Ship
Sting returns to his roots to create a new musical about fathers, sons, and the shipyard. It’s inspired the Swan Hunter shipyard, which closed at Wallsend, England in 2006. The CSS Acadia, which was built there 100 years ago, is now at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Last Ship will open in Chicago next summer, before going to Broadway.
Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits
The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
22 June 2013 - 5 January 2014
Kansas City, Missouri
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
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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 November 2013)
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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