Synopses & Reviews
Meticulously researched study based on authentic documents recounts lurid exploits, punishments of such hardened maritime brigands as William Kidd, Charles Harris, Thomas Tew, John Phillips, other marauders. Enhanced with almost 50 contemporary engravings and rare maps. Introduction by Captain Ernest H. Pentecost.
-Why did men go a-pirating, or 'on the account' as the pirates called it? The sailors said it was few ships and many men, hard work and small pay, long voyages, bad food and cruel commanders.- -- Introduction
Whatever their reasons, large numbers of pirates plied the waters off the coast of New England on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, plundering merchant vessels and often inflicting grievous injuries on captains, passengers, and crews.
Now the grim saga of these maritime marauders comes to life in the pages of this meticulously researched study. Drawing on detailed information from documents in state archives, admiralty records, printed reports of trials, articles from contemporary newspapers and other sources, these accounts recall the infamous exploits of a murderous band of brigands: the notorious William Kidd; George Lowther, who captured 33 vessels in 17 months; Charles Harris, who was hanged at Newport with 25 of his crew; John Phillips, who became a pirate and died a gentleman; John Quelch and his crew, who were hanged at Boston and their gold distributed; as well as the sinister doings of Ned Low, Thomas Tew, Samuel Bellamy, William Fly, and others.
Enhanced with nearly 50 contemporary engravings and rare maps, this exciting narrative will fascinate maritime history buffs and any lover of thrilling real-life adventure on the high seas.
Meticulously researched study recounts lurid exploits, punishments of William Kidd, Charles Harris, Thomas Tew, John Phillips, other marauders.
Meticulously researched study recounts lurid exploits, punishments of William Kidd, Charles Harris, Thomas Tew, John Phillips, other marauders. Enhanced with almost 50 contemporary engravings and rare maps. Introduction.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
"INTRODUCTORY BY CAPT. ERNEST H. PENTECOST, R.N.R."
I. THE BEGINNINGS OF ENGLISH PIRACY
II. "DIXEY BULL, THE FIRST PIRATE IN NEW ENGLAND WATERS AND SOME OTHERS WHO FOLLOWED HIM"
III. "JOHN RHODES, PILOT OF THE DUTCH PIRATES ON THE COAST OF MAINE"
IV. "THOMAS POUND, PILOT OF THE KING'S FRIGATE, WHO BECAME A PIRATE AND DIED A GENTLEMAN"
V. "WILLIAM KIDD, PRIVATEERSMAN AND REPUTED PIRATE"
VI. "THOMAS TEW, WHO RETIRED AND LIVED AT NEWPORT"
VII. "JOHN QUELCH AND HIS CREW, WHO WERE HANGED AT BOSTON AND THEIR GOLD DISTRIBUTED"
VIII. "SAMUEL BELLAMY, WHOSE SHIP WAS WRECKED AT WELLFLEET AND 142 DROWNED"
IX. "GEORGE LOWTHER, WHO CAPTURED THIRTY-THREE VESSELS IN SEVENTEEN MONTHS"
X. NED LOW OF BOSTON AND HOW HE BECAME A PIRATE CAPTAIN
XI. CAPTAIN ROBERTS' CURIOUS ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED ON LOW'S SHIP
XII. THE BRUTAL CAREER AND MISERABLE END OF NED LOW
XIII. THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP ASHTON
XIV. NICHOLAS MERRITT'S ACCOUNT OF HIS ESCAPE FROM PIRATES
XV. "FRANCIS FARRINGTON SPRIGGS, THE COMPANION OF NED LOW"
XVI. "CHARLES HARRIS, WHO WAS HANGED AT NEWPORT WITH TWENTY-FIVE OF HIS CREW"
XVII. "JOHN PHILLIPS, WHOSE HEAD WAS CUT OFF AND PICKLED"
XVIII. "WILLIAM FLY, WHO WAS HANGED IN CHAINS ON NIX'S MATE"
XIX. PIRATE HAUNTS AND CRUISING GROUNDS
XX. PIRATE LIFE AND DEATH
I CAPTAIN PLOUGHMAN'S COMMISSION
II CAPTAIN PLOUGHMAN'S INSTRUCTIONS
III DYING SPEECH OF CAPTAIN QUELCH
IV JOHN FILLMORE'S NARRATIVE
V "AN " ACT OF GRACE "