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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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(Site updated 20 April 2014)


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20 June 1631

When Murat Reis' original target proved too dangerous for a quick in-and-out raid, the corsairs sailed to Baltimore and in the early hours of the morning, while all slept, the pirates launched their attack on this Irish town.


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Pirate Quote of the Month


“At all times it [the forecastle] was a foulsome and suffocating abode, and in bad weather the water and filth that washed about the deck, and among the chests and casks, created the most intolerable and loathsome stench.

“Here, however, these fourteen sailors and apprentices slept, washed, dressed, and had their food, except in fine weather, when they took their meals on deck, their food consisting almost entirely of inferior salted pork, beef, which was sometimes nearly as hard and unpalatable as the kids [containers] in which it was served, and brown biscuits too often mouldy and full of maggots. To make matters worse, the forecastle of the ship was full of rats, and I have the most vivid recollection of one of these animals on more than one occasion finding its way into the hammock where I slept.”


-- W. S. Lindsay, 1830s
Apprentice aboard a merchantman

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The Bonnie Bookaneer's
New May Book ReviewsNew


A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder edited by Robert Krog
Pirate Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk (9th century - Future)
Reviewed by Irwin Bryan



Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Historical Fiction (19th century)




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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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Book Launch at MidSouthCon

Cover Art: A Tall Ship,
                                        a Star, and PlunderMy apologies to those of you who stopped by
the Dark Oak Press booth at MidSouthCon last month to meet me.

If you purchased
A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, which features my short story "Rumblethe Dragon," and would like me to autograph the book, please contact me to arrange this. There are several options available.

Once you read the book, I hope you'll submit a review either to me or wherever you purchased a copy.
You can still purchase an autographed copy directly from me. If you'd like, click one of the following to either links to read an excerpt or listen to an excerpt. Click here for Where to purchase links.


Safer Waters
According to the latest report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau, piracy has lessened. This report on Today provides charts, maps, statistical information, and an animation showing measures that ships take to repel pirates.


Seaside Saturday: Caribbean Piracy
On 16 August, I'll be appearing at Moody Garden's Discovery Pyramid to talk with visitors about buccaneers, golden age pirates, and Jean Laffite. If you're visiting Galveston Island, Texas, I hope you'll come visit and listen. Program times are on the hour, beginning at 11:00 am. Last presentation will begin at 3:00 pm. For the whole family. And while you're there, why not tour the visiting exhibit Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah.


The Pirate Economy
We usually hear about the victims of pirate attacks, and while it's impossible to place a value on the mariners who experience such terror, these incidents have an economic aspect. While attacks have decreased, the cost of defending against them has increased. Joe Pinsker's slides help clarify that cost.
Happy Birthday, Pirates & Privateers
Birthday BoxCongratulations to Todd Carlise, winner of the Pirates & Privateers Birthday Contest! He receives an autographed copy of my new book, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder, and a $20 Amazon.com gift card.

Below are six questions to the piracy clues from Jeopardy!

1. In 1575 this "Don Quixote" author's ship was overtaken by pirates; he spent five years as a captive in Algiers.
Who is Miguel de Cervantes?

2. As his top admiral, Suleiman hired the pirate Khllayr Ad-Din, known as this for his red beard, like a crusading emperor.
Who is Barbarossa?

3. In 1699 this pirate was captured in Boston; he was hanged two years later, leaving legends of buried treasure.
Who is Captain William Kidd?

4. In June 1579, this British captain sailed into a harbor on the west coast; San Franciscans say it was their bay.
Who is Sir Francis Drake?

5. In August 2011 this seventeenth-century pirate captain's flagship was found in waters off Panama; as yet no rum has been found.
Who is Sir Henry Morgan?

6. Queen Anne's Revenge was this pirate's ship.
Who is Blackbeard (or Edward Teach)?

Thanks to everyone who participated and to all readers of and visitors to Pirates and Privateers.



Pirate & Maritine Events & Exhibits


Events

2nd Annual Laffite Seminar
25-26 April 2014
Texas A & M University at Galveston
Pelican Island Campus
Galveston, Texas


Wreck of the Ten Sail
Book signing with William H. White
26 April 2014
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Montrose, New York


Pirates Invade Yorktown
26-27 April 2014
Yorktown, Virginia


Motley Tones
26 April 2014
Washington Harbor's Marine Market
Washington, North Carolina

3 May 2014
Swansboro Pirate Festival
Hammocks Beach State Park
Swansboro, North Carolina

17 May 2014
Pirates on the Pungo Regatta
Belhaven, North Carolina

31 May - 1 June 2014
Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree!
Hampton, Virginia


These Contrary Winds:
Weather and its Effect on Ships, Mariners, and Maritime History
42nd Annual Walker Maritime History Symposium
3 May 2013
Maine Maritime Museum
Bath, Maine


Pirate Days
3-4 May
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut


National Maritime Historical Society Annual Meeting
15-17 May 2014
Erie Maritime Museum
Erie, Pennsylvania


Tackling Kidnapping, Hijack and Hostage-Taking
5th Annual Conference
21-22 May 2014
London, UK


Perilous Oceans
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
6 June 2014
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts


Sea Music Festival
12-15 June 2014
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut


Seaside Saturday: Caribbean Piracy
Discovery Museum, Moody Gardens
11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00
16 August 2014
Galveston, Texas


10th Maritime Heritage Conference
17-21 September 2014
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, Virginia
Exhibits

Pirates or Privateers
New permanent exhibit
Pointe-à-Callière
Montréal, Quebec, Canada


Against the Enemies of Great Britain
Bristol Privateers in the 18th Century
1 February - 30 May 2014
Bristol Record Office
Bristol, United Kingdom


Real Pirates Exhibit
Real Pirates
The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
8 February - 1 September 2014
San Diego History Museum
San Diego, California

8 March - 28 September 2014
Discovery Museum at Moody Gardens
Galveston, Texas


Vikings
Life and Legend
6 March - 22 June 2014
The British Museum
London, UK






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I just found your website a few days ago and I love it. It thrills me to find so much more depth on the subject of piracy than what other websites on piracy and my bookshelf has to offer. – Drew K.


Love your passion for the subject. – Bob H.


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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
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 April 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

 

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To obtain permission for their use please go to ClipArt.com.

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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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