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1689, Feb 231716-17171717, Apr 26
an English pirate who operated in the early 18th century. Though his known career as a pirate captain lasted little more than a year, he and his crew captured at least 53 ships under his command – making him the wealthiest pirate in recorded history – before his death at age 28. Called "Black Sam" in Cape Cod folklore because he eschewed the fashionable powdered wig in favor of tying back his long black hair with a simple band, Bellamy became known for his mercy and generosity toward those he captured on his raids. This reputation earned him another nickname, the "Prince of Pirates". He likened himself to Robin Hood, with his crew calling themselves "Robin Hood's Men".
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Crew of Samuel Bellamy:
Led by Samuel Bellamy
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Ships:
  • Sultana (1717), British ship-rigged galley, 26 cannons
  • Whydah (1717), ex-British slaver Guineaman, 28 cannons, 300 tons
  • Mary Anne (1716), sloop, 8 cannons
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Edward Seegar England
...the classic Jolly Roger — almost exactly as Black Samuel Bellamy before him used — with a skull above two crossed...
John Julian
...Julian was a half-blood Miskito Indian who joined Samuel Bellamy early in his brief career. Julian was one of 30 to...
John King I
an 18th-century pirate. He joined the crew of Samuel Bellamy ('Black Sam') while still a juvenile, and is the youngest...
Richard Noland
Quartermaster for Samuel Bellamy's fleet
Joseph Rivers
...not even his arrest in 1701 slowed him down. Joining Samuel Bellamy about 1715, he was probably one of the most seasoned...
Palgrave Williams
...tradition and became a goldsmith. In 1715, he met Samuel Bellamy, a poor sailor who came to the Caribbean to look for...
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Samuel Bellamy1689, Feb 231716
 
17171717, Apr 26

Stephen Jamesunknown1690
 
1717unknown
 Tried and hanged for piracy at Charleston in 1717.
Joseph Riversunknown1690
 
17171717
 Joseph Rivers was a rarity: a pirate with a long resume. Most pirates died young, sometimes at th...
Henry Jenningsunknown1715
 
17171745
 an 18th century British privateer, who served primarily during the War of Spanish Succession and ...
John Julian1701 ca1716
 
17171733, Mar 26
 the first recorded black pirate to operate in the New World, as the pilot of the ship Whydah. Jul...
Captain Paul Williamsunknown1716
 
1717unknown
 A Carolina pirate who began his career as a buccaneer in the West Indies. Accepted the King’s p...
Captain Dennis McCarthyunknown1690
 
1718unknown
 ref: the history of pirates. Of New Providence, Bahama Islands. This pirate and prize-fighter wa...
Alexander Amandunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Crew member of Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November 8, 1718, at White Po...
John Augerunknown1710
 
17181718
 Auger was pardoned by Woodes Rogers, but reverted back to piracy and was eventually captured by B...
Job Bailyunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From London. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November...
Samuel Boothunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Charleston, South Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bon...
Robert Boydunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Bath, North Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. H...
Joseph Brooks Sr.unknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Killed November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet in the fight with Li...
Phineas Bunceunknown1710
 
17181718 ca
 Pardoned, returned to piracy. Died in battle.....pirate pardoned Woodes Rogers, but continued to ...
Thomas Carmanunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Maidstone in Kent, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bon...
Joseph Curticeunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 Crew member of Queen Anne's Revenge, commanded by Edward Teach. Killed November 22, 1718, at Oc...
Captain Robert Dealunknown1710
 
17181718
 At one time mate to Captain Charles Vane. Later placed in command of small sioop. Took many prize...
George Dunkinunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of Glasgow, Scotland. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. hanged...
William Eddyunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of Aberdeen, Scotland. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hange...
Lars Gathenhielm16891710
 
17181718
 a Swedish merchant and privateer. In June 1710 the government of Charles XII of Sweden gave Lars ...
Garrat Gibbensunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 Boatswain of Adventure, commanded by Edward Teach. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, i...
Israel Handsunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 an 18th-century pirate, also known as Basilica Hands. He is best known for being second in comman...
David Herriotunknown1710
 
17181718
 Master of the Adventure of Jamaica, which was captured by Stede Bonnet. Joined crew of Revenge/Ro...
William Hewettunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From the island of Jamaica. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. ...
John Huskunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fight with L...
Nathaniel Jacksonunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fight with L...
Matthew Kingunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Jamaica. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged Novembe...
John Levitunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From North Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged ...
William Liversunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged at Charleston, South ...
Zachariah Longunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Holland. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged at Char...
John Lopez [1]unknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Oporto, Portugal. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. This ...
Thomas Millerunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 The quartermaster of Edward Teach's crew. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fig...
Humphrey Morriceunknown1710
 
17181718
 Of New Providence, Bahama Islands. Hanged at New Providence in 1718 by his lately reformed fellow...
William Morrisonunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Jamaica. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged in Char...
Philip Mortonunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 A gunner of Edward Teach's crew. Killed November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet during the fight wit...
James Mulletunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From London, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged...
Neal Pattersonunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of Aberdeen, Scotland. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hange...
Daniel Perryunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From island of Guernsey, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bo...
Thomas Priceunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of Bristol, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged ...
Lieutenant Richardsunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 Second-in-command in Edward Teach's crew. It was Richards who commanded Bonnet’s “Revenge” ...
John Ridgeunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of London, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged a...
James Robbins [1]unknown1710
 
17181718
 Of London. One of the crew of the Royal James. Hanged in 1718 at Charleston, South Carolina.
Owen Robertsunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 22
 From Wales. Carpenter in Edward Teach's crew. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the...
Edward Robinsonunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 From Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede B...
George Ross [1]unknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of Glasgow, Scotland. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged...
William Scottunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged at Charleston, South ...
John-William Smithunknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged at Charleston, South ...
Richard Stilesunknown1710
 
17181718
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Tried and hanged in Williamsburg VA in 1718.
James Wilson [1]unknown1710
 
17181718, Nov 8
 Of Dublin, Ireland. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged a...
Edward Teach1680/811713
 
17181718, Nov 22
 a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the Ameri...
William Cunninghamunknown1716
 
17181718
 Hanged for violating pardon
Joseph Palmerunknown1690
 
17191720 ca
 English pirate. He sailed on the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY in the Caribbean and ...
Hugh Parrotunknown1690
 
17191720 ca
 English pirate. He sailed on the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY in the Caribbean and ...
Alexander Selkirk16761690
 
17191721, Dec 13
 a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhab...
Emanuel Wynnunknown1690
 
1719unknown
 a French pirate of the 18th century, and is often considered the first pirate to fly the Jolly Ro...
Jan Andriessenunknown1700
 
1719unknown
 Dutch privateer in the eighteenth century. Captain of the yacht the Fortuyn between 1701 and 1719.
Black Caesarunknown1700
 
17191719
 an 18th-century African pirate. For nearly a decade, he raided shipping from the Florida Keys and...
George Bendallunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 A flourishing pirate, whose headquarters, in the early eighteenth century, were in New Providence...
James Blakeunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
John Brierlyunknown1710
 
17191718, Nov 8
 From Bath, North Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. H...
Joseph Brooks Jr.unknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Taken prisoner by Lieutenant Maynard’s crew. Taken to Williams...
Captain Thomas Burgessunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 One of the pirates of the Bahama Islands who surrendered to King George in 1718 and received the ...
John Carnesunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Jonathan Clarkeunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Of Charleston, South Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonne...
Thomas Collinsunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 This Madagascar pirate was a carpenter by trade, who had by 1716 retired from the sea and lived i...
Captain Crackersunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 A retired pirate who settled at Sierra Leone, and was living there in 1721. He had been famous in...
Stephen Danielunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Stephen James De Cosseyunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 With three other pirates was tried and convicted in June, 1717, before the Vice-Admiralty Court a...
Arabella Drummondunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Female pirate
Emanuel Ernadosunknown1710
 
17191717
 Carolina pirate who was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina, 1717.
James Ferguson [2]unknown1710
 
17191717
 a Scottish man of science who was involved in piracy. Ferguson was born in Paisley, Scotland, alt...
Captain James Fifeunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Surrendered to Governor Woodes Rogers at New Providence Island, Bahamas, in June, 1718, and recei...
Thomas Gatesunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Thomas Gerrardunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 From the Island of Antigua. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. ...
John Gillsunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Richard Greensailunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Captain Holfordunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Buccaneer. Of Jamaica. An old friend of the notorious pirate Vane. In 1718 he happened to arrive ...
William Howard1700 ca1710
 
17191795 ca
 a member of Edward Teach's crew, serving as quartermaster on Blackbeard’s ship Queen Anne’s R...
James Killingunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. When Bonnet was tried in Cha...
LeBourunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 
William Magnes16871710
 
1719unknown
 Born at Minehead in Somersetshire in 1687. Quartermaster of the Royal Fortune (Captain Bartholome...
Henry Mannunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 a member of Edward Teach's crew.
John Martin [1]unknown1710
 
17191719
 a member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Captain Thomas Morris [1]unknown1710
 
1719unknown
 One of the pirates of New Providence, Bahamas, who, on pardon being offered by King George in 171...
Thomas Nichollsunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 From London, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Tried ...
Samuel Odellunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Taken prisoner by Edward Teach on November 21, 1718 and promptly joined his crew. On following da...
Major Pennerunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 We have been able to find out nothing of this pirate except that he was at New Providence Island ...
Joseph Phillipsunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Hendrick Quintor16921710
 
17191717
 Pirate
James Robbins [2]unknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Francis Rossoeunknown1710
 
17191717, Jun
 Convicted of piracy in June, 1717, at Charleston, South Carolina. Executed shortly afterwards.
Edward Salterunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Captain Richard Sampleunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 
Rowland Sharpunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 Of Bath, North Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Tri...
William Stokeunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 a member of Edward Teach's crew.
William Taylorunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 One of Captain Phillips's crew. Wounded in the leg while attempting to desert. There being no sur...
John Thomas [2]unknown1710
 
1719unknown
 From Jamaica. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged at Char...
Dennis Toppingunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 He shipped on board the sloop Buck at Providence in 1718, in company with Anstis and other famous...
Captain Richard Turnleyunknown1710
 
1719unknown
 A New Providence pirate who received the general pardon from Captain Woodes Rogers in 1718. When,...
James Whiteunknown1710
 
17191719
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
Doctor Thomas Dover16601702
 
17201742
 an English physician. He is remembered for his common cold and fever medicine Dover's powder, his...
Charles Vane16801715
 
17201719/20/21, Mar 29
 Disliked due to his cruelty, Vane showed little respect for the pirate code, cheating his crew ou...
Mary Read1690 ca1708
 
17211721, Apr
 an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time; they ...
John Clippertonunknown1700
 
17221722
 Sailed with William Dampier in 1703
Valentine Ashplant1690 ca1710
 
17221722, Mar
 Born in the Minories, London. He served with Captain Howell Davis, and later with Bartholomew Rob...
William Churchunknown1710
 
1722unknown
 Of the Gertrwycht of Holland. At the trial at West Africa in 1722 of the crew of Bartholomew Robe...
John Churchill [2]unknown1710
 
17221722, Mar 11
 A member of Captain George Lowther’s crew. Captured in West Indies and hanged March 11, 1722, o...
Israel Hindunknown1710
 
17221722
 Of Bristol. One of Captain Roberts's crew. Hanged at Cape Coast Castle in 1722, at the age of 30.
Jo Mansfield1692 ca1710
 
17221722
 One of Captain Bartholomew Roberts's men. Must not be confused with Edward Mansfield, the famous ...
Henry Watsonunknown1710
 
17221722, Mar 11
 Member of Lowther’s crew. Hanged at St. Kitts, March 11, 1722.
Richard Westunknown1710
 
17221722, Mar 11
 Member of Lowther’s crew. Hanged at St. Kitts, March 11, 1722.
Robert White [2]unknown1710
 
17221722, Mar 11
 Member of Lowther’s crew. Hanged at St. Kitts, March 11, 1722.
Robert Willisunknown1710
 
1722unknown
 Member of Lowther’s crew, Tried for piracy at St. Kitts in March, 1718. Acquitted
Captain Christopher Moody16941713
 
17221722
 an 18th-century pirate who held a policy of no quarter (no sparing of lives). After he was captur...
John Brightunknown1710
 
17231723
 Of St. Margaret's, Westminster. One of the crew of Captain Charles Harris. Hanged at Newport, Rho...
James Brinkleyunknown1710
 
17231723
 Of Suffolk, England. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Hanged for piracy at Newport, Rhode Is...
John Brown [1]unknown1710
 
17231723
 Of Durham, England. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Hanged at the age of 29 years at Newpor...
Edward Eaton1685 ca1710
 
17231723, Jul 19
 Of Wrexham in Wales. One of Captain Harris's crew. Hanged at Newport, Rhode Island, on July 19th,...
William Readunknown1710
 
17231723
 One of Captain Harris's crew. Was hanged at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1723, at the age of 35.
Palgrave Williams16781715
 
1723unknown
 Paulsgrave Williams was born on Rhode Island, in 1678. He succeeded long family tradition and bec...
Anne Bonny1702, Mar 81714
 
17251782, Apr 22
 an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean.While in the Bahamas, Bonny...
James Plantainunknown1715
 
1728unknown
 a Jamaican-born English pirate and leader in Madagascar. In 1715, Plantain established a base of ...
Jonas Berntsson Lambert-Wenman1665 ca1680
 
17291732
 Jonas Berntsson Lambert-Wenman was born in Ume, Vsterbotten, Sweden in approximately 1665. He was...
Conajee Angria1669, Aug1698
 
17291729, Jul 4
 the first notable chief of the Maratha Navy in 18th century India. He fought against the British,...
John Rose Archerunknown1710
 
17291718, Nov/1724, Jun 2
 A member of Edward Teach's crew. Also sailed with John Phillips……Served in crew of Blackbea...
Captain William Lewisunknown1710
 
1729unknown
 from Nassau. Lewis lasted longer than most pirates; his career went on at least from 1717 to 1726...
David Rice [1]unknown1710
 
1729unknown
 Welsh pirate. Of Bristol. Taken out of the Cornwall galley by Captain Roberts, he served in the...
Christopher Winterunknown1716
 
1729unknown
 Of New Providence Island. He took a sloop off the coast of Jamaica, the mate on board which was o...
George Pierse1670 ca1703
 
17301730 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Olivier Levasseur16801716
 
17301730
 a pirate, nicknamed La Buse (The Buzzard) or La Bouche (The Mouth) in his early days, called thus...
Benjamin Perkins1670 ca1703
 
1731/41710/1731/4 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship Th...
James Parrot1670 ca1703
 
17321732 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Woodes Rogers1679 ca1705
 
17321732, Jul 15
 an English sea captain, privateer, and, later, the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas. He is kno...
Captain Miguel Henriquez1674-801700
 
17351743
 a privateer from San Juan, Puerto Rico who operated during the early 18th century. A mulatto born...
Erasmus Peterson1670 ca1703
 
17351735 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Réné Duguay-Trouin1673, Jun 101690
 
17361736
 Privateer......This Breton corsair from St. Malo became so famous for his attacks on British ship...
John Pitman1670 ca1703
 
17361736 ca
 An English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Matthew Pimer1670 ca1703
 
17371737 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
John Quittance1670 ca1703
 
17381738 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Captain Raynerunknown1703
 
1739unknown
 Although there is no direct evidence that Rayner ever sailed the Carolina coast, he did sail with...
Peter Roach1670 ca1703
 
17411741 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Captain Balestrierunknown1709
 
17421742 ca
 Although Captain Balestrier had a fairly successful and lengthy career (active from 1709 to 1742)...
Lancelot Blackburne1658, Dec 101680
 
17431743, Mar 23
 an English clergyman, who became Archbishop of York, and – in popular belief – a pirate. He w...
John Templeton1691 ca1703
 
17431750 ca
 an English cabin boy and worked pirate in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirat...
Richard Thurbar1670 ca1703
 
17441744 ca
 an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The...
Jean Francois Chambrayunknown1687
 
1756unknown
 Knight of Malta
Captain George Roundsivelunknown1708
 
18 unknown
 Of the Bahama Islands. He refused to avail himself of King George's pardon to all pirates in 1717...
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