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 20 March 2015)
The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told
by Guest Columnist David K. Bryant
Perhaps one of the most enigmatic fictional pirates is Robert Louis Stevenson's Captain Flint, a man who died before the story began. But who was Flint and how did author David K. Bryant shape his depiction of this notorious pirate?
Cindy will return on May 20th with an article on Chinese pirates.
Pirate Quote of the Month
“Flint was cap’n; I was quartermaster, along with my timber leg. The same broadside I lost my leg, old Pew lost his dead-lights. It was a master surgeon, him that ampytated me – out of college and all – Latin by the bucket, and what not; but he was hanged like a dog, and sun-dried like the rest, at Corso Castle. That was Roberts’ men, that was, and comed of changing names to their ships Royal Fortune and so on. Now, what a ship was christened, so let her stay, I says. So it was with the Cassandra, as brought us safe home from Malabar, after England took the Viceroy of the Indies; so it was with the old Walrus, Flint’s old ship, as I’ve seen a-muck with the red blood and fit to sink with gold…Davis was a man, too, by all accounts…I never sailed with him; first England, then with Flint, that’s my story.”
-- Long John Silver in Treasure Island
The Bonnie Bookaneer's
April-May Book Reviews
True Yankees by Dane A. Morrison
Maritime History, 18th & 19th centuries
The Battle of New Orleans by Ron Chapman
History, 19th century
Pirate Nation by David Childs
History, 16th century
East by Sea and West by Rail edited by Cynthia Neal Rantoul
History, Sea Journal, 19th century
A Pirate's Tale by Gary Robert Muschla
Historical Fiction, 17th century
The Black Ship by Diana Pharaoh Francis
If you would like the Pirate Lady
to speak to your group,
please contact me.
For information on upcomings workshops,
For additonal appearances, visit Thistles & Pirates.
Pirate and Maritime News
QAR Conservation Wednesdays
Every Wednesday in 2015, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina, will host conservators from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge in the demonstration lab. They will meet the public and answer questions about the artifact conservation process. They are there from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits
19 December 2014 - 8 April 2015
Pirates & Treasure
14 February - 25 May 2015
10-12 April 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
17-18 April 2015
Privateers & Pirates Festival
6 June 2015
Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum
Tuckerton, New Jersey
25-28 June 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey
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
The Art of Piracy: Pirates in Modern Culture
24 January - 26 April 2015
Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay, Florida
Through 4 October 2015
The Field Museum
Your newsletter is always great and we have fun reading it because we're history buffs enjoying the renaissance of interest in pirates and privateers. Again, thanks for the welcome and we're looking forward to more of your great newsletters. – Sandré
Thank you so much for your wonderful site! I have found it to be a wonderful resource. – Laura Sook Duncombe
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)
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 March 2015)
Pirates and Death
(PDF chart listing pirates and how they died)
(revised February 2015)
Events in history related to pirates and the world in general
(Updated December 2014)
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.
To obtain permission for their use please go to ClipArt.com.
The backgrounds used on Pirates and Privateers are from WebGround.
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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