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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425

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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.

Fair winds and following seas,

also known as The Pirate Lady

Under the Crossbones with Cindy Vallar

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(Site updated 18 September 2017)

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Reluctant Carpenter to the Pirates
by Guest Columnist Laura Nelson

After Whydah sank, the survivors were arrested and most stood trial. Part two of Laura's article looks at these trials, the court's decisions, and what became of Thomas Davis, who never wanted to join Samuel Bellamy and his fellow pirates.

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Pirate Quote of the Month
[I]t hath ever been the glory of our August Monarchs to suppress piracies by force & wholesome Laws, whilst other nations have to their perpetual disgrace called pirates to their assistance, and admitted them to a share of the plunder.
 – King's Advocate James Smith, 1718
Trial of survivors' of Samuel Bellamy's crew

The Bonnie Bookaneer's
NewOctober Book ReviewsNew

Wooden Warship Construction
by Brian Lavery
Reviewed by Irwin Bryan
Naval History, 18th - 19th centuries

Hook's Tale
emended and edited by John Leonard Pielmeier

Historical Fantasy, 19th century

Vital Spark
by Leah Devlin

Murder Mystery, 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 upcoming workshops,
click here.

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Cradle of Texas Chapter
16 November 2017
Bethal Presbyterian Church
East Columbia, TX

For additional appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day
19 September 2017

Howard Pyle's
                        Gentleman Pirate'Tis once again time for pirate fans round the world to celebrate the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, anarchic fun of it. From the South to the International Space Station, sure 'n' haven't some folk displayed their pirattitude (as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy say) each 19th day o' September? More than likely, if'n you be partial to celebratin' this holiday, there be probably an event in your area so be sure to check the map on ITLAPD's official website and be after havin' jolly fine time!

And as you go about your fun and games, I be askin' ye to remember there be a more serious side to piratin'. 'Tis still a problem in this world in which we live, even if there be changes from the days of yore. What stays the same be the dangers men and women face when they venture onto the seas. So spare a thought and/or a prayer for these brave seamen, and should ye be after wantin' to know more or to help them durin' their travels far from home, visit The Seamen's Church Institute, a worthy  organization that's been helpin' seafarers since 1834.

Pirate & Maritime Events, Exhibits, & Courses


Lighthouse Legends and Lore Cruise
20 September to 29 October 2017
Maine Maritime Museum
Bath, Maine

Pourquoi enseigner l'Histoire Maritime en France au XXIe Si
Why teach Maritime History in France in the 21st Century?
22 September 2017
Archives Nationales
Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, France

Mermaids & Pirates
29 September - 15 October 2017
Newport Aquarium
Cincinnati, Ohio

Schooner Ernestina-Morrisey
Behind the Scenes Tour
4 October 2017
Boothbay Harbor Shipyard
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Haunted Tales
21 & 28 October 2017
Star of India
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego, California

2017 National Marine Art Conference

19-22 October 2017
Mystic, Connecticut

Queen Anne's Revenge
300th Anniversary of Sinking

Beaufort, North Carolina

11th Maritime Heritage Conference
45th Conference on Sail Training & Tall Ships

14-17 February 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana

Beaufort Pirate Invasion
10-11 August 2018
Beaufort, North Carolina

Exhibits, Courses, & Performances

Viking: Rediscover the Legend
19 May - 5 November 2017
Yorkshire Museum
York, United Kingdom

Death in the Ice
The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition
14 July 2017 - 7 January 2018
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, United Kingdom

Finding Neverland
The Musical
August 2017 - April 2018
Various cities in the USA

The Exhibition
4 November 2017 - 2 April 2018
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sailing the Seven Seas with Pirates
1-28 February 2018
Hearts through History Romance Writers

Bringing Pirates to Life

1 - 28 October 2018
Savvy Authors


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Your site really has to be one of the most comprehensive and detailed I've found as well as the information being accurate and reliable rather than the more 'popularist' sites on piracy.

-- Kat T.


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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 August 2017)

Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(Revised November 2015)

Piratical Dates

Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated April 2017)

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 August 2017)


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