Category Archives: Piracy

Black Bart – 1719

“It was better being a commander than a common Man” THE CRIME: Born as John Roberts on 17 May 1682 at Casnewydd-Bach, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Black Bart became one of the most notorious pirates to sail the Americas and West Africa. He was 13 when he made his first sea voyage and in June 1719 pirates… Read More »

Blackbeard – 1718

“If I don’t shoot one or two crewmen now and then, they’d forget who I am” THE CRIME: Little is known about one of the most notorious pirates of the early 18th century. Blackbeard’s real name may have been Edward Teach and he was born about 1680, possibly at Bristol, England. He went to sea… Read More »

Captain Kidd – 1698

“Pursue and seize the said Kidd and his accomplices” THE CRIME: One of history’s most infamous pirates, William Kidd was born about 1645, probably at Dundee in Scotland, and was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He took to the sea but little is known of his life before 1689 when he served with an… Read More »