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Back in the day, if someone took your ship they were either doing so under the auspices of a country (privateer) or for their own benefit (pirate, buccaneer, corsair, etc.)...either way, whomever it was, you will probably find him (or her) listed here...
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Captain Vallanueva

bornactivedied
unknown1830sunknown
A Dominican. Commanded in 1831 a small gaff-topsail schooner, the General Morazan, armed with a brass eight-pounder and carrying a mixed crew of forty-four men, French, Italian, English, and Creoles of St. Domingo.
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Cross-listed in Naval

Johan van Brakel

bornactivedied
1638 ca1666-16901690, Jul 10
Dutch naval officer. In 1687 he was rear-Admiral in a fleet that was active against the Barbary corsairs. He died in battle during the Nine-Year War with France.
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Hendrick van der Heul

bornactivedied
unknown1690s ca1710 ca
a Dutch privateer who served with Captain William Kidd as his quartermaster. He later purportedly led an attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage, during which he and his crew froze to death. Because of references to him as a "small black man", he has sometimes been identified as African-American, which would make his the highest ranking known black pirate....
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Joost van Dyk

aka: van Dyke
bornactivedied
unknown1615-16251631 ca
a Dutch privateer (and, reportedly, sometime pirate) who was one of the earliest European settlers in the British Virgin Islands in the seventeenth century, and established the first permanent settlements within the Territory. The early colonial history of the British Virgin Islands is not especially well documented. However, it is known that during the earl...
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Captain Nicholas Van Hoorn

aka: Van Horn, Vanhorn, Nikolaas, Klaas
bornactivedied
1635 ca1655-1683 1683, Jun
a merchant sailor, privateer and pirate. He was born in the Netherlands and died near Veracruz after being wounded on the Isla de Sacrificios. Nikolaas or Klaas was engaged in the Dutch merchant service from about 1655 until 1659, and then bought a vessel with his savings. With a band of reckless men whom he had enlisted, he became a terror to the commerce o...
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Olivier van Noort

bornactivedied
15581598-16011627, Feb 22
the first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. His ships were poorly equipped, especially in the way of armament and the crews were unruly. Despite his venture being of limited success, it was the inspiration that led to the formation of the Dutch East India Company.
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Aure Van Pelt

borndied
unknownunknown
a member of Edward Teach's crew.


Jan van Ryen

bornactivedied
unknown1620s-1630sunknown
a 17th-century Dutch privateer, explorer, and colonist. He was granted a commission by the Dutch West Indies Company and active against the Spanish in the West Indies during the 1620s. He and Claude Prevost attempted to establish Dutch colonies in Guyana, although they both failed with most Dutch colonists being killed by natives in 1627. However, Zeelandian...
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Captain Ort Van Tyle

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
A Dutchman from New York. A successful pirate in the days of the Madagascan sea-rovers. For some time he sailed in company with Captain James, taking several prizes in the Indian Ocean. Van Tyle had a plantation at Madagascar and used to put his prisoners to work there as slaves, one in particular being the notorious Welsh pirate, David Williams, who toiled ...
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Moses Van Vin

borndied
unknownunknown
a Buccaneer. One of Francois l'Ollonais's officers. After burning Puerto Cavallo and torturing and murdering the inhabitants, L'Ollonais marched away to attack the town of San Pedro with 300 of his crew, leaving van Vin as his lieutenant to govern the rest o...
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Filips van Zuylen

bornactivedied
unknown1624unknown
As part of the Groot Desseyn plan, he was particularly active against the Portuguese in West Africa but failed to capture the colony of Luanda, an important center for the Atlantic slave trade, in early 1624. After this initial defeat he decided to wait for reinforcements from Brazil before making a second attempt, this time with fellow corsair Piet Heyn, in...
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Carleton Vanbrugh

bornactivedied
unknown1707 caunknown


Captain Moses Vanclein

borndied
unknownunknown
Dutch filibuster. Was serving with Francois l'Ollonais's fleet off the coast of Yucatan when a mutiny broke out, of which Vanclein was the ringleader. He persuaded the malcontents to sail with him along the coast till they came to Costa Rica. There they land...
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Charles Vane

bornactivedied
16801715-17201719/20/21, Mar 29
Disliked due to his cruelty, Vane showed little respect for the pirate code, cheating his crew out of their shares in the takings. Died by hanging in Jamaica Gained fame by first plundering Spanish galleons, and later for his ravages along the North American coast from New York to Florida. He was especially active off the Carolina coast. When he refused to...
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Moise Vauquelin

aka: Moses Vanclein
bornactivedied
unknown1650-1672unknown
An officer under Francois l'Ollonais, he also had a partnership with Pierre Le Picard. In his later years, he wrote a book detailing the coastline of Honduras...
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Thomas Veal

aka: Veale
bornactivedied
unknown1650sunknown
One of four pirates to seek refuge in the Lynn Woods, Thomas Veal avoided capture by hiding in Dungeon Rock. Pirate Veal reportedly stashed his treasure in the cave there. …..Not much is known about pirate Thomas Veal other than he was one of four others who hid in Dungeon Rock in the Lynn Woods to escape capture. Reportedly, his loot remains stashed somew...
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Captain Veale

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
On July 1st, 1685, he arrived at New London in a sloop, but was compelled to hurry away, being recognized as a pirate by one of the crew of a ship he had previously taken in Virginia.
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Jose Velazquez

bornactivedied
unknown1830sunknown
One of Captain Gilbert's crew in the pirate schooner Panda.
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Cornelis Janszoon van de Velde

aka: Dromcap
bornactivedied
unknown1655unknown
Dutch corsair active near the Antillen, he was briefly associated with Bartholomeus de Jager......Privateer and captain of the ship Vlissingen in 1655. His nickname was "Dromcap". He attacked two Portuguese merchant ships in October 1655. Near the Isle of Fernando Noronha he managed to capture one of these ships. He met another Dutch privateer Bartholomeus d...
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Daniel Verbaan

aka: Daniël
bornactivedied
unknown1780sunknown
A Dutch privateer in the eighteenth century. He was born in Ter Heyde and was Captain on the Dappere patriot that was fitted out in the Hague. The ship left on 13 August 1781 with 14 cannons and 52 crewmen. The very next day they encountered a British man-of-war that carried 14 cannons and had 90 crewmen. After having been chased for several hours by the Bri...
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Sir Francis Verney

bornactivedied
15841608-16101615, Sep 6
an English adventurer, soldier of fortune, and pirate. A nobleman by birth, he left England after the House of Commons sided with his stepmother in a legal dispute over his inheritance, and became a mercenary in Morocco and later a Barbary corsair.
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Sir Thomas Verney

borndied
16561688


Captain Verpre

borndied
unknownunknown
French filibuster. His ship Le Postillion carried a crew of twenty-five men and was armed with two guns.
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Giovanni da Verrazzano

bornactivedied
14851508-15281528
an Italian explorer of North America, in the service of King Francis I of France. He is renowned as the first European since the Norse to explore the Atlantic coast of North America between Florida and New Brunswick, including New York Bay and Narragansett Bay in 1524. He was also known as a Florentine buccaneer who, in 1522, captured three Spanish vessels...
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Leonard Vicary

bornactivedied
1540 ca1560s -1570s1578 ca
English officer and a pirate. He was a student rights. He was a member of the crew by Francis Drake in 1560 and attended all his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. He was also on the ship GOLDEN HIND (PELICAN) Vice Admiral Francis Drake on a trip around the world. During a trip to the South Atla...
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Humphrey Viele

bornactivedied
unknown1699 caunknown
Apprehended


Captain Vigeron

borndied
unknownunknown
French filibuster. Of San Domingo. Commanded a bark, La Louse, thirty men and four guns.
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Villa Rise

bornactivedied
unknown1620sunknown
In the year 1621 this Moorish pirate commanded a small squadron of five vessels which took an English ship, the George Bonaventure (Captain John Rawlins, Plymouth), in the Straits of Gibraltar. One of the finest deeds ever achieved by English sailors was the escape of Rawlins and some of his crew from the Moors at Alexandria in a stolen ship.
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Henry Virgin

borndied
unknownunknown
Of Bristol, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged at Charleston, South Carolina, November 8, 1718.
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