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Breakes was the tall, handsome son of the Councilor of the Island of Saba. In 1764, he was appointed to a Dutch trading vessel that sailed between Saba and Amsterdam. Eventually commanding a trading ship which operated between Schiedham, Holland and Lisbon, Portugal, Breakes fell in love with a married woman named Mrs. Snyde. Mr. Snyde was poisoned, and Breakes and the Widow Snyde were accused but later acquitted of the murder. Soon afterward, he stole his employer's trading ship and renamed it "The Adventurer." Later his pirate crew murdered the crew of a vessel called the "Acapulco", which was carrying a load of gold bars, and refitted it for piracy. From there, Breakes bought a letter of marque from the governor of Gibraltar and turned to pillaging throughout the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. In his adventures, he plundered a convent in the Balearic Islands and then decided that it was inappropriate for his crew to be unmarried, so he had each of his men select a nun from the convent, who was then kidnapped and brought to the ship to perform their wifely duties. He then became homesick and upon returning to Holland to marry his mistress, Mrs. Snyde, he discovered that she had been hanged for attempting to poison their new born son. In a state of depression, he drown himself in a dyke.
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The Pirates' Who's Who:
(P. Gosse, 1924)
This Dutch pirate was the second son of a well-to-do councillor of the Island of Saba in the West Indies. Hiram was appointed in the year 1764 to a ship which traded between that island and Amsterdam. In the latter port, Hiram, who was now 19 years of age and a han...
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Hiram Breakes17451760
 
1769unknown

George Gidleyunknown1760
 
17691765, Dec 19
 Member of Peter M'Kinlie's gang. Captured and executed at Newgate for the theft of the Earl of Sa...
Peter M'Kinlieunknown1760
 
17691765, Dec 19
 Boatswain on the Earl of Sandwich. Took his gang (fellow crewmen George Gidley, Richard St. Quint...
John Powerunknown1760
 
17691768, Mar 10
 Born in the West of England. Served in a slave vessel, the Polly (Captain Fox, commander), on ...
Richard St. Quintinunknown1760
 
17691765, Dec 19
 Member of Peter M'Kinlie's gang. Captured and executed at Newgate for the theft of the Earl of Sa...
Andrew Zekermanunknown1760
 
17691765, Dec 19
 Member of Peter M'Kinlie's gang. Captured and executed at Newgate for the theft of the Earl of Sa...
Esek Hopkins1718, Apr 261740
 
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  the only Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. He wa...
Maurycy Beniowski1746, Sep 201762
 
17861786, May 23
 a Hungarian nobleman of Polish and Hungarian ancestry. He was an explorer, writer, the self-decla...
Captain Joseph Thwaitesunknown1760
 
17971797
 Coxswain to Captain Hood, he was promoted in 1763 to be a midshipman in H.M.S. Zealous, cruising ...
Captain George Roundsivelunknown1708
 
18 unknown
 Of the Bahama Islands. He refused to avail himself of King George's pardon to all pirates in 1717...
Jonathan Haradenunknown1745
 
1803unknown
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Joshua Barneyunknown1759
 
1818unknown
 an American Navy officer who served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War. He late...
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