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a Danish pirate from Copenhagen. Early on as a carpenter in the King's Dockyard at Copenhagen he was dismissed for drunkenness. After making a few voyages to London as a ship's carpenter, his parents died and left their son a small fortune. With this money Derdrake built himself a fast sailing brig sheathed with copper, and for a while traded in wood between Norway and London. Becoming impatient of the smallness of the profits in this trade, he offered his services and ship to Peter the Great. This monarch, after inspecting the ship, bought her, and at the same time appointed Derdrake to be a master shipwright in the royal dockyards on the Neva.
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  • Sudden Death (1700s), man-of-war, unknown cannons, 70 men
The Pirates' Who's Who:
(P. Gosse, 1924)
A Danish pirate, of Copenhagen.

When a carpenter in the King's Dockyard at Copenhagen he was dismissed for drunkenness. After making a few voyages to London as a ship's carpenter, his parents died and left their son a fortune of 10,000 rix-dollars. With this...
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