Pyrates!2nd March 2014
Aargh, Jim lad! Hoist the parrot and feed the Jolly Roger. It's pirate time!
We tend not to think of the 18th century as being a great time for pirates and for most of it that is true. But up until 1725 there were plenty of pirates still on active duty.
Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is probably the most famous but the Dread Pirate Bartholomew Roberts also rates a mention as do several of his contemporaries. The two best known female pirates - Anne Bonny and Mary Read - both belong to this period.
For your delectation therefore I present to you Pirates of the 18th Century.