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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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Charlotte Badger

bornactivedied
17781806-18081816 ca
widely considered to be the first Australian female pirate despite being from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. She was also one of the first two white female settlers in New Zealand. Her family was poor, and one day in 1796, she stole several guineas and a silk handkerchief in an attempt to support them, but was caught and arrested. She was sentenced to ...
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Job Baily

aka: Bayly, Bayley
bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 8
From London. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November 8, 1718, in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Captain Baker

bornactivedied
unknown1810s-1822unknown
One of Gasparilla's gang up to 1822, when they were broken up by the United States Navy. His favourite hunting-ground was the Gulf of Mexico.
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Joseph Baker

aka: Joseph Boulanger
bornactivedied
unknown18001800, May 9
a Canadian pirate, known primarily for the failed mutiny and hijacking of the merchant schooner Eliza in 1800. Although little is known of his early life, Baker signed aboard the West Indies bound merchant schooner Eliza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Soon after leaving port, Baker seized control of the ship with two other crewmen, Peter LaCroix and Joseph ...
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Adam Baldridge

bornactivedied
unknown1685-1697 caunknown
an English pirate and one of the early founders of the pirate settlements in Madagascar. Fleeing from Jamaica after being charged with murder, Baldridge sailed to Madagascar and, by 1685, had established a base of operations on the island of St. Mary's. By the following year, Baldridge controlled the inland waterway into St. Mary's having established a virtu...
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Captain Balestrier

bornactivedied
unknown1709-17421742 ca
Although Captain Balestrier had a fairly successful and lengthy career (active from 1709 to 1742) in the Mediterranean, there is actually very little information recorded about him. He was a pirate from the island of Majorca who made his career attacking Arab and Ottoman ships in the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Egypt and Palestine. He was loosely associate...
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Roger Ball

bornactivedied
unknown1719-1722 caunknown
One of Captain Bartholomew's crew in the Royal Fortune. Captured by H.M.S. Swallow off the West Coast of Africa. He had been terribly burnt by an explosion of a barrel of gunpowder, and while seated "in a private corner, with a look as sullen as winter," a surgeon of the king's ship came up and asked him how he came to be blown up in that frightful manner.
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John Ballatt

aka: Ballet
bornactivedied
unknown1707 caunknown
Ship’s Surgeon with Woodes Rogers and William Dampier
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Captain Baltizar

bornactivedied
unknown1810s-1823unknown
A terror to all shipping in the Gulf of Mexico in the early part of the nineteenth century. Brought to Boston as a prisoner in 1823, taken thence to Kingston, Jamaica, and there hanged. For some extraordinary reason the American juries seldom would condemn a pirate to death, so that whenever possible the pirate prisoners were handed over to the English, who ...
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John Bamfield

bornactivedied
unknown1665 ca1665
Sailed with Edward Morgan English pirate. He served in the Caribbean. He sailed with Henry Morgan and invaded along the Saint Eustatius and Saba.


Hugh Banks

bornactivedied
unknown1699 ca1699 ca
Suspected pirate ...... English pirate with paranoia. He was jailed captain Mathew Lowth.


Captain Joseph Bannister

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
a notorious English pirate who operated in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, best known for defeating two Royal Navy warships in battle. Bannister was a well-respected merchant captain in the mid-late 17th century. He became captain of the The Golden Fleece and was tasked with making transatlantic voyages, delivering goods on the profitable rout...
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Aruj Barbarossa

aka: Uruj, Redbeard, Oruc Reis, Oruç Reis, Baba Oruç,  Baba Aruj
bornactivedied
1473/741495-15181518
Ottoman Bey (governor) of Algiers and Beylerbey (chief governor) of the West Mediterranean and the elder brother of Hayreddin Barbarossa. He was born on the Ottoman island of Midilli (Lesbos in modern Greece) and was killed in a battle with the Spanish at Tlemcen in the Ottoman Eyalet of Algeria. He became known as Baba Oruç or Baba Aruj (Father Oruç) when...
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Hayreddin Barbarossa

aka: Khair ad Din, Kheyr-ed-din, Redbeard
bornactivedied
14781504-15451546
an Ottoman admiral of the fleet who was born in the island of Midilli (Lesbos) and died in Constantinople (Istanbul), the Ottoman capital. Barbarossa's naval victories secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century, from the Battle of Preveza in 1538 until the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
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Captain Nicholas Barbe

bornactivedied
unknown1520s-1532unknown
Master of a Breton ship, the Mychell, of St. Malo, owned by Hayman Gillard. Captured by an English ship in 1532. Her crew was made up of nine Bretons and five Scots.
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Felix Barbeito

bornactivedied
unknown1820s1827, Aug 17
A member of Jacque Alexander Tardy's gang on the Crawford. Captured and hanged.
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Francesco Barbolani Dei Conti De Montauto

bornactivedied
unknown1590 ca1600 ca
Knight of Saint Stephen .... Probably Italian pirate, known as the Knights of St. Stephen. With his brother worked along the Barbary Coast (today's shores from Morocco to Libya) and challenged their boats.


Giulio Barbolani Dei Conti De Montauto

bornactivedied
unknown1610s1619 ca
Knight of Saint Stephen ..... Probably Italian pirate, known as the Knights of St. Stephen. He along with taking the Barbary Coast (today's shores from Morocco to Libya) and challenged their boats.


Brother Gualterotti Bardi

bornactivedied
unknown1616-1620 ca1620 ca
Probably of Italian origin. Member of the Knights of Malta. Sailed in the Mediterranean, plundering Arab and Ottoman ships.


Andrew Barker

bornactivedied
unknown1560s-15771577
an English merchant. In 1575 at Tenerife, the Inquisition laid hands on the captain and crew of their ship, the Christopher, and released them only on payment of fines which amounted to the value of the whole cargo. Andrew Barker thereupon fitted out two ships for a voyage of reprisals—the Ragged Staff, of which he himself took command, with one Philip Roc...
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Edmund Barker

borndied
unknown1595
Sailed with James Lancaster. Died in a raid


Richard Barlycorne

aka: Richard Barleycorn
bornactivedied
16821696 ca1750 ca
William Kidd’s apprentice ....... English pirate. He sailed on the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. When he was fourteen years broke him as a lifeguard William Kidd. He was a loyal member of the crew, as well...
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Captain Barnard

bornactivedied
unknown1660sunknown
Buccaneer. In June, 1663, this buccaneer sailed from Port Royal to the Orinoco. He took and plundered the town of Santo Tomas, and returned the following March.
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Captain Barnes

bornactivedied
unknown1677 ca1680 ca
Sailed with Captain Lagarde; involved with the pirates captain Lagarde in a raid on the Santa Maria. ....... English pirate. He served in the Caribbean. He sailed with Captain Lagardère together and plundered the Spanish city of Santa Marta.
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Henry Barnes

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Of Barbadoes. Tried for piracy at Newport in 1723, but found to be not guilty.
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Joshua Barney

bornactivedied
unknown1759-1818unknown
an American Navy officer who served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War. He later achieved the rank of commodore in the United States Navy. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, after a successful but unprofitable privateering cruise as commander of the Baltimore schooner Rossie, in which he captured the Post Office Packet Service packet ship ...
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Chevalier de la Barre

bornactivedied
unknown1663 ca1670 CA
operated in the Mediterranean Sea. ....... Maltese pirate. He served in the Mediterranean Sea and plundered Arab and Ottoman ships.


James Barrow

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Taken by Captain Roberts out of the Martha snow (Captain Lady). Turned pirate and served in the Ranger in 1721.
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Lording Barry

borndied
15801629
a 17th-century English dramatist and pirate. Barry is known as the author of one comedy, Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks (1608), which was included in the second and subsequent editions of Robert Dodsley's Old Plays. Anthony Wood says it was acted by the Children of the King's Revels before 1611. Barry went into debt to finance his theatrical ventures, and was ja...
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Jean Bart

bornactivedied
1650, Oct 211672-16971702, Apr 27
a French naval commander and privateer. He served in the Dutch Navy and later became a successful privateer for the French. Bart retired an Admiral in French service. He made a famous escape in a small boat from Plymouth, in Devon.
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Sir Andrew Barton

bornactivedied
1466 ca1507-15111511, Aug 2
a Scottish sailor from Leith, who served as High Admiral of the Kingdom of Scotland. Andrew became notorious in England and Portugal as a 'pirate', though as a seaman who operated under the aegis of a letter of marque on behalf of the Scottish crown, he may be described as a privateer. The letter of marque against Portuguese shipping was originally granted t...
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Ali Basha

bornactivedied
unknown1560s-1570s caunknown
From Algiers. Barbary corsair. Conquered the Kingdom of Tunis in the sixteenth century, and captured many Maltese galleys. He brought the development of organized piracy to its greatest perfection. In 1571 Ali Basha commanded a fleet of no fewer than 250 Moslem galleys in the battle of Lepanto, when he was severely defeated, but escaped with his life.
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Willem Bastiaanszoon

bornactivedied
1620 ca1670s-1680s1704
Dutch merchant and mariner in the Dutch navy. He was born in Haarlem. He took part in the war between the Dutch Republic and France (1672 - 1678) and was active against the privateers from Duinkerken in 1676. He was active against Sweden in the service of Denmark from 1676 to 1678 and transported Willem III in 1688 to England on board his frigate Den Briel.


William Baughe

bornactivedied
unknown1609 ca1610 ca
operated off the coast of Ireland. ...... English pirate, worked around Ireland.


Giuseppe Bavastro

bornactivedied
1760, May 101800 ca1833, Mar
Born in Genoa, died in Algiers


Thomas Beavin

bornactivedied
unknown1580 ca1590 ca
English pirate who sailed in the area around Wales. Ultimately, he was captured and hanged in London.


Captain Charles Bellamy

bornactivedied
unknown1717-17201720
an 18th-century English pirate who raided colonial American shipping in New England and later off the coast of the Carolinas, to which he himself would later quote "making war on the whole world". Bellamy's career first began during the summer of 1717 when he raided three ships off the coast of both New England and New Brunswick, before sailing northwards to...
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Samuel Bellamy

aka: Black Sam, Black Bellamy
bornactivedied
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 ...
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Renato Beluche

aka: Rene
bornactivedied
1780, Dec 151803-18231860, Oct 4
a Venezuelan merchant and privateer who played many roles in the turbulent world of the 19th-century Caribbean. including that of merchant sea captain as well as being a successful privateer. With Luis Brion, he was more
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James Belvin

bornactivedied
unknown1720s1725, Jun 11
Bo'son on the Revenge, commanded by Peter M'Kinlie. Said to be a good sailor but somewhat bloodthirsty. Hanged at Wapping in June, 1725.
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Francis Beme

bornactivedied
unknown1530s-1540sunknown
In 1539 this Baltic pirate was cruising off Antwerp, waiting to waylay English merchant vessels.
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Sidi Abdulla Ben Aissa

bornactivedied
unknown1672-1698 ca1698 ca
pirate who targeted French ships. ..... Berber (Moroccan) pirate. He served in the Mediterranean and attacked the mainly French ships.


George Bendall

aka: Bendeall
bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
A flourishing pirate, whose headquarters, in the early eighteenth century, were in New Providence Island. In the year 1717, King George offered a free pardon to all freebooters who would come in and give themselves up. But the call of the brotherhood was too strong for a few of the "old hands," and Bendall, amongst others, was off once again to carry on pira...
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Maurycy Beniowski

aka: Baron Maurice de Benyowski, Móric Benyovszky, Móric Benyovszky
bornactivedied
1746, Sep 201762-17861786, May 23
a Hungarian nobleman of Polish and Hungarian ancestry. He was an explorer, writer, the self-declared King of Madagascar, and a military officer in the French, Polish, Austrian and American armies. He is considered a national hero in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
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William Bennett

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
An English soldier, who deserted from Fort Loyal, Falmouth, Marne, in 1689, and joined the pirate Pounds. Was sent to prison at Boston, where he died.
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Philippe Bequel

bornactivedied
unknown1650-1669unknown
a 17th-century French privateer. At the request of Deschamps of Rausset, Bequel would use the small island colony of Tortoise as a base of operations until shortly after the British capture of Jamaica. Arriving at Port Royal in late 1663, he would later become one of the first foreign privateers to receive a letter of marque by the colonial governor of Jamai...
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Jacob Janssen van den Bergh

aka: Japon
bornactivedied
unknown1660unknown
Dutch privateer , corsair and slave trader for the Dutch West India Company....... He was in the service of the Dutch West Indies Company until he was caught and convicted for smuggling slaves in areas where the WIC had the sole patent for this "business". Later on he captained the ship the Kater. As captain of the ship St. Pieter he transported slaves to Cu...
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Captain Antoine Bernard

bornactivedied
unknown1680s ca1683, Nov 22
Vessel: Prophete Daniel. Presumed hanged ...... French pirate. He served in the Caribbean and plundered Spanish galleons of gold around the Cayman Islands. After the capture was hanged in Veracruz.


Richard Best

bornactivedied
unknown1594 ca1600 ca
actively plundered Spanish ships in the Caribbean. ....... English Pirate of the Caribbean. Invaded and plundered Spanish galleons gold.


Captain Biciaki

bornactivedied
unknown1820 ca1825 ca
operated in the eastern Mediterranean. ...... Greek pirate of the eastern Mediterranean. Více zde: http://www.vseolodich.cz/english/contents/sailors/no-known-pirates/b-page/


Philip Bill

borndied
unknownunknown
Belonged to the Island of St. Thomas. One of Captain Roberts's crew. Hanged at the age of 27.
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Captain Bishop [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1610s[2]
An Irishman. Chief mate to the pirate Captain Cobham.
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Bishop [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1610s[1]
In 1613, Bishop and a few other English seamen set up as pirates at Marmora on the Barbary Coast.
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Richard Bishop

bornactivedied
1550 ca1561-1617 ca1617 ca
Pirate of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. ..... English pirate. He served in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.


William Bishop [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1680s-16911691
One of Avery's crew. Hanged at Execution Dock in 1691.
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Lancelot Blackburne

aka: Blackburn, Blackborne, Blackbourn, Blackbourne
bornactivedied
1658, Dec 101680-17431743, Mar 23
an English clergyman, who became Archbishop of York, and – in popular belief – a pirate. He was described by Horace Walpole, in his Memories, as "…Blackbourn, the jolly old Archbishop of York, who had all the manners of a man of quality, though he had be...
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Blackmann

bornactivedied
unknown1800s1810 ca
Pirate of unknown origin in the service of France. Cruised the English Channel and attacked any English ship.


William Blads

bornactivedied
1695 ca1720s-17231723, Jul 19
Born in Rhode Island. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Hanged at Newport on July 19th, 1723. Age 28.
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Willem Albertse Blaeuvelt

aka: Willem Albertsen Blauvelt
bornactivedied
unknown1643-1656unknown
From 1643 to 1656 we find many references to the Capetyn in the documentary history of the Colony,3 outstanding among which is when, in 1649, after peace was declared, he sailed into what is now New York harbor with the Spanish ship "Tabasco". This created quite a furor, even to the extent of the matter being aired before the High and Mighty Lords of the Sta...
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Benjamin Blake

borndied
unknownunknown
A Boston boy, taken prisoner with Captain Pounds's crew at Tarpaulin Cove.
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James Blake

bornactivedied
unknown1710s1719
A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
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Captain Blanc

bornactivedied
unknown1697 ca1700 ca
participant of the attack on Cartagena ...... French pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He participated in the attack Cartagena.


Jean Blanckmann

aka: Blanckman, Blankman, Blanchman,Blankeman, Blackeman
bornactivedied
unknown1798-1799unknown
Corsair, captured by the British
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Abraham Blauvelt

aka: Abraham Blewfields, Abraham Bluefields
bornactivedied
1600 ca1630-16631663 ca
a Dutch privateer and explorer mapping much of Central America in the 1630s, after whom both the Bluefield River and the neighboring town of Bluefields, Nicaragua were named. One of the last of the Dutch corsairs of the mid-17th century, Abraham Blauvelt was first recorded exploring the coasts of present day Honduras and Nicaragua in service of the Dutch Wes...
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Eduardo Blomar

bornactivedied
unknown1670s1679
Spanish renegade active in the Spanish Main during the 1670s. Tried in absentia and convicted of piracy with Bartolomé Charpes and Juan Guartem in Panama in 1679.


Captain Robert Blondel

bornactivedied
1530 ca1550s-15681568 ca
wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_San_Juan_de_Ulúa_(1568) ....... French captain and pirate. He served in the Atlantic and Caribbean, attacked Spanish galleons of gold. In 1567 he joined the expedition of John Hawkins. In 1568 in San Juan de U...
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Captain Blot

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
French filibuster. In 1684 was in command of La Quagone, ninety men, eight guns.
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Captain Blout

bornactivedied
unknown1697 ca1699 ca
participant of the attack on Cartagena. ..... French pirate of the Caribbean. He participated in the looting of Cartagena.


Eli Boggs

bornactivedied
18101830-18571857
an American pirate, one of the last active ocean-going pirates operating off the coast of China during the 1850s. Based near Hong Kong, Boggs constantly raided outgoing clipper ships carrying highly valuable cargo of opium throughout the decade. He is most particularly known for his cruelty, as in one recorded incident he had the body of a captured Chinese m...
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Gabrielle Chambres de Boisbaudrant

bornactivedied
unknown1634 ca1640 ca
Knight of Malta ... French, Maltese knight and pirate. He was killed by the Ottoman galley at capturing the Ottoman sultan.


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Louis de Boisot

aka: Ludwig of Boisot, Lodewijk van Boisot, Lord of Ruart
bornactivedied
1530 ca1560s-15761576, May 27
After 1567 he joined the watergeuzen. He took part in a battle under Willem van Oranje in 1572. He was escort on its way to France when he was capture He managed to escape, however. In 1573 he became Admiral of Zeeland and in 1574 he was Lieutenan-Admiral of Holland and Zeelan On 29 January 1574 he managed to defeat the fleet under the command of Luis de Res...
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Lieutenant Bolivar

bornactivedied
unknown1820sunknown
This Portuguese pirate was first officer to Captain Jonnia. He was a stout, well-built man of swarthy complexion and keen, ferocious eyes, huge black whiskers and beard, and a tremendously loud voice. He took the Boston schooner Exertion at Twelve League Key on December 17th, 1821.
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George Bollen

bornactivedied
unknown1696 ca1700 ca
William Kidd’s Chief Mate ...... English pirate. He served in the Caribbean. He was an ally of William Kidd. Twelve-year-old broke a lifeguard William Jenkins, 1696 at the meeting went on board the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY.
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Captain Bond

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
Of Bristol. In 1682 arrived at the Cape Verde Islands. Having procured leave to land on Mayo Island, on the pretence of being an honest merchant in need of provisions, particularly of beef and goats, Bond and his crew seized and carried away some of the principal inhabitants. A year later John Cooke and Cowley arrived at Mayo in the Revenge, but were prevent...
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Nicolo Bonfiglio

bornactivedied
unknown1495-1500sunknown
French pirate who worked the Mediterranean, attacking the Venetian fleet.


Benito Bonito

aka: "Bloody Sword"
bornactivedied
17801818-18211821
Pirate who supposedly hid his treasures of Lima in the cliffs of Australia, or in Coco Island.


Peter Boniton

bornactivedied
unknown1609 ca1615 ca
Executed in France ...... English pirate. He served in the Caribbean and challenged on everyone, especially the French. He was captured and executed in Marseille, France.


Major Stede Bonnet

aka: The Gentleman Pirate, Captain Thomas, Captain Edwards
bornactivedied
1665/88?1717-17181718, Dec 10
an early 18th-century Barbadian pirate, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" because he was a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. Bonnet was born into a wealthy English family on the island of Barbados, and inherited the family estate after his father's death in 1694. In 1709, he married Mary Allamby, and engaged in some level ...
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Anne Bonny

aka: Anney Bonny, Anne Bonney, Anne Cormac
bornactivedied
1702, Mar 81714-17251782, Apr 22
an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean.While in the Bahamas, Bonny began mingling with pirates in the local taverns. She met John Rackham ("Calico Jack"), captain of the pirate sloop Revenge, and Rackham became her lover. They...
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Jan Bont

bornactivedied
unknown1670s-1680s caunknown
Dutch privateer who lived in the second half of the seventeenth century. He commanded a squadron that was part of a fleet under the command of Jacob Binckes. This fleet sailed from the Dutch Republic to the Caribbean where they proceeded to attack the island Cayenne, the island St. Maarten and the coast of Guadeloupe. Afterwards De Bont set sail with his squ...
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Jean Bontemps

bornactivedied
1530 ca1559-15721572
a French privateer. In 1559, sailing with Jean-Martin Cotes, he attacked the towns of Santa Marta and Cartagena de Indias, in modern-day Colombia. Bontemps and his men ransacked both towns and extorted a 4,000-peso ransom from Cartagena.
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John Boon

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
Technically, John Boon was not a pirate, but he was expelled from the Council of Governor James Colleton in 1687 “for holding correspondence with pirates.”
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Jan Gijsbertszoon Booneter

bornactivedied
unknown1630 ca1640 ca
pirate attacking Spanish ships and colonies of the Caribbean. ..... Dutch pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. Mainly attacked the Spanish galleons of gold and of.


George Booth

bornactivedied
1660 ca1696-17001700
an English pirate who was one of the earliest active in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. His crew included the prominent captains Nathaniel North, Thomas Howard and Booth's eventual successor, John Bowen. He is first recorded as a gunner aboard the Pelican about 1696, and later on the Dolphin, both operating in the Indian Ocean. While he was a gunner on the...
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Samuel Booth

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 8
From Charleston, South Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November 8, 1718, at Charleston, South Carolina.
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Eugenio Borg

bornactivedied
1670 ca1704 ca1710 ca
Maltese knight and pirate of the Mediterranean Sea.


Robert Borough

bornactivedied
unknown1543 caunknown
was born in Devonshire, received a patent for the robbery of the French courts.


Chevalier de Borras

bornactivedied
unknown1732 ca1740 ca
attacked the Muslim court. ........ French pirate, he served in the Mediterranean. Challenged anybody. Most Arab ships.


Pierre Bot

aka: Botte
bornactivedied
unknown1672-1685unknown
French buccaneer active in the Caribbean.


Pedro Botadilla

bornactivedied
unknown1518 caunknown
Captured in 1619


Hippolyte Bouchard

aka: Hipólito Bouchard, Hippolyte de Bouchard
bornactivedied
1780, Jan 151817-18191843, Jan 4
a French Argentine sailor and corsair who fought for Argentina, Chile, and Peru. During his first campaign as an Argentine corsair he attacked the Spanish colonies of Chile and Peru. He was the first Argentine to circumnavigate the world. During his voyage around the globe he blockaded the port of Manila. In Hawaii, he recovered an Argentine privateer which ...
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Captain Bournano

aka: de Bernanos
bornactivedied
unknown1678-1680 ca1690 ca
a French pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was associated with Bartholomew Sharp and together with Captain Robert Allison, John Coxon, Cornelius Essex, Thomas Mackett, more
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Pierre Bousquet

aka: Peter Delvin, Peter Bosket, Pierre the Pansy Pirate
borndied
unknownunknown
an associate of Anne Bonney. He ran a coffee shop, hairdressing and dress-making shop, for he was a designer of fine velvet and silk clothing. Anne and Pierre got word that a French Merchantman richly laden with costly materials would be sailing by, and together they organized their first “privateering” raid. With the aid of some of Pierre’s friends th...
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Bowen

bornactivedied
unknown1530sunknown
A Bristol man. In 1537, when the Breton pirates were becoming very daring along the south coast of England and Wales, Bowen contrived to capture fourteen of these robbers, who had landed near Tenby, and had them put in prison.
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John Bowen

bornactivedied
unknown1700-17041704
a pirate of Créole origin active during the Golden Age of Piracy. He sailed with other famous contemporaries, including Nathaniel North (who would succeed him as captain of Bowen's final ship, the Defiant) and George Booth, who was his captain when he was a crewm...
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William Bowman

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
A seaman; one of the party which crossed the Isthmus of Darien on foot with William Dampier in 1681. Wafer records that Bowman, "a weakly Man, a Taylor by trade," slipped while crossing a swollen river, and was carried off by the swift current, and nearly drown...
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Robert Boyd

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 8
From Bath, North Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November 8, 1718, at Charleston, South Carolina.
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Manuel Boyga

aka: Boyza
bornactivedied
unknown1830s1835, Jun
A Columbian. One of Captain Pedro Gilbert's crew in the Panda. Hanged at Boston in June, 1835.
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Philip Boyte

bornactivedied
unknown1580 ca1600 ca
Pirate originally from Portland, and was executed in London. Hanged ...... English pirate of Portland. He was hanged in London.


Robert Bradinham

bornactivedied
1650 ca1696 ca1710 ca
Ship’s Surgeon with William Kidd ........ English pirate ship's doctor and surgeon. He sailed on the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. He was a loyal member of the crew, as well as other known members of the team...
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Captain Joseph Bradish

bornactivedied
1672, Nov 281698-16991699
A notorious pirate. Born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 28th, 1672. In March, 1689, was in London out of a berth, and shipped as mate in the hake-boat Adventure, bound for Borneo on an interloping trade.
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Samuel Bradish

borndied
unknownunknown
Suspected pirate, paid a ransom of 942 pounds in New York .......Pirate worked on the east coast of North America. He was caught in New York harbor guard for suspecting that the search for the pirate.


George Bradley

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Master of Captain Fenn's ship, the Morning Star, wrecked on the Grand Caymans in August, 1722. The crew got ashore on an island and hid in the woods. Bradley and the other pirates afterwards surrendered themselves to an English sloop, and were carried to Bermuda. Bradley escaped to England, and was last heard of at Bristol.
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Joseph Bradley

bornactivedied
1600 ca1665 -16711671
Bradley was a pirate who was active in the Caribbean. Sailed with Edward Mansfield and Henry Morgan. Died during and attack ......nnEnglish pirate, he worked in the Caribbean.nHe undertook raids with Edward Mansfield and Henry Morgan. In a joint action with Morgan...
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Captain Samuel Bradley

bornactivedied
1650 ca1696 ca1700 ca
English pirate and captain. He served in the Caribbean. Sailed with William Kidd. Also Kidd’s brother-in-law (or pirate companion or half-brother, accounts vary).


Captain Bran

aka: Brand
bornactivedied
unknown1668 ca1675 ca
an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. With Henry Morgan, he plundered Porto Bello. And with Roche Braziliano, he plundered Campeche.


Roche Braziliano

aka: Rock, Roch, Roc, Roque, Brazilliano, Brasiliano
bornactivedied
1630, Feb 271654-16711671+
a Dutch pirate born in the town of Groningen. His pirate career lasted from 1654 until his disappearance around 1671. He was first eternalized in Alexandre Exquemelin's 1678 book The Buccaneers of America; Exquemelin did not know Braziliano's real name, but historians have found he was probably born as Gerrit Gerritszoon and that he and his parents moved to ...
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Hiram Breakes

aka: Hirain Breaker
bornactivedied
17451760sunknown
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 Brea...
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John Breck

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17051710 ca
an English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was a member of the crew of the pirate ship The Charles, led by Captain Daniel Plowman. The Charles sailed from Boston in July 1703 on a pirate expedition against the French and Spanish ships. Not...
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Captain Brenningham

bornactivedied
unknown1660sunknown
Of Jamaica and Tortuga. In 1663 commanded a frigate of six guns and seventy men.
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John Brewer

bornactivedied
1540 ca1560s-1580s ca1600 ca
Sailed with Francis Drake on his round the world journey ...... English captain and pirate. 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 vill...
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Captain Adam Brewster

bornactivedied
unknown1668 ca1675 ca
Sailed with Henry Morgan .... English pirate and captain, he served in the Caribbean. He took part with Henry Morgan plundered Porto Bello and Maracaibo.


Thobias Bridge

borndied
unknownunknown
English privateer who attacked the island of Tobago in 1671 (the year before the Third English War, 1672 - 1674). He sailed from Barbados with 6 ships to the island carrying 600 soldiers on boar After the surrender by the Dutch colonists Bridge captured the islan The French colonists on the island were transported to Martinique (France was an ally of England...
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John Brierly

aka: Briley, Brearly, Timberhead
bornactivedied
unknown1710s1718, Nov 8
From Bath, North Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November 8, 1718, at Charleston, South Carolina.
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Edward Bright

bornactivedied
unknown1560s-1580s1589
Sailed with Francis Drake on his round the world journey ...... English pirate. 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 wa...
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John Bright

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17231723
Of St. Margaret's, Westminster. One of the crew of Captain Charles Harris. Hanged at Newport, Rhode Island, in July, 1723, at the age of 25.
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James Brinkley

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17231723
Of Suffolk, England. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Hanged for piracy at Newport, Rhode Island, on July 19th, 1723. Age 28.
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Cross-listed in Naval

Luis Brion

aka: Pedro Luis Brión
bornactivedied
1782, Jul 61806-18211821, Sep 27
a military officer who fought in the Venezuelan War of Independence. He rose to the rank of admiral in the navies of Venezuela and the old Republic of Colombia. In 1803, returning from battle, he dedicated himself to business. From 1803 to 1806 he led various actions to prevent the British reoccupation of the island. Nevertheless, the British occupied the is...
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Don Diego Brocchiero De Anaya

bornactivedied
unknown15831590 ca
Spanish pirate and Knight of Malta. He sailed the Mediterranean, attacking Venetian and Arab ships.


Joe Brodish

borndied
unknownunknown
Attacking and capturing Spanish ships, Joe Brodish made a fortune for himself and his pirate crew. Returning to New England, he was recognized and arrested. After Brodish escaped from the Boston jail twice, it was discovered that the jail keeper was his uncle. Brodish was shipped off to England and hanged. ….. After returning to New England with booty gain...
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Captain Joseph Brodley

aka: Bradley
borndied
unknownunknown
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Joseph Brooks Jr.

bornactivedied
unknown1710s1719
A member of Edward Teach's crew. Taken prisoner by Lieutenant Maynard’s crew. Taken to Williamsburg, Virginia, and there hanged, 1719.
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Joseph Brooks Sr.

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 22
A member of Edward Teach's crew. Killed November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet in the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.
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Hendrik Brouwer

aka: Enrique Brower
bornactivedied
15811606-16431643, Aug 7
a Dutch explorer, admiral, and colonial administrator both in Japan and the Dutch East Indies. He is thought to first have sailed to the East Indies for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1606. In 1642, the VOC joined the Dutch West Indies Company in organizing an expedition to Chile to establish a base for trading gold at the abandoned ruins of Valdivia.
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Captain Brown [1]

borndied
unknownunknown
A notorious latter-day pirate, who "worked" the east coast of Central America in the early part of the nineteenth century.
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Captain Brown [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
On July 24th, 1702, sailed from Jamaica in command of the Blessing — ten guns and crew of seventy-nine men, with the famous Edward Davis on board—to attack the town of Tolu on the Spanish Main. The town was taken and plundered, but Brown was killed, being shot through the head.
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John Brown [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17231723
Of Durham, England. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Hanged at the age of 29 years at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1723.
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John Brown [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Of Liverpool. One of Captain Harris's crew. Found guilty of piracy at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1723, but recommended to the King's favour, perhaps in view of his age, being but 17 years old.
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Nicholas Brown

aka: The Grand Pirate
bornactivedied
unknown17261726
an English pirate who was active of the coast of Jamaica during the early 18th century. Although he accepted a royal pardon, he continued raiding shipping, using the caves on the cliffs of Negril to hide his plunder. Pirate hunter and childhood schoolmate Captain John Drudge laid in wait to capture him. After a fierce gun battle, Brown surrendered. He eventu...
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Edward Browne

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
Of York River, Virginia. One of Captain Pounds's crew. Wounded at Tarpaulin Cove in 1689.
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James Browne

bornactivedied
unknown1670s1677
Executed by the verdict of France in Jamaica for sea robbery. Hanged ...... Scottish pirate, worked in the Caribbean. He was known by posing as a Frenchman. He was hanged in Jamaica.
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John Browne

aka: Mamme
bornactivedied
unknown1620sunknown
An English sailor who joined the Barbary pirates at Algiers and turned Mohammedan. Taken in the Exchange in 1622 and carried a prisoner to Plymouth.
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Richard Browne

bornactivedied
unknown1660sunknown
Surgeon-General in Morgan's fleet which carried the buccaneers to the Spanish Main. He wrote an account of the disastrous explosion on board the Oxford during a banquet given to Morgan and the buccaneer commanders on January 2nd, 1669, off Cow Island to the south of Hispaniola, at which the details were being discussed for an attack on Cartagena.
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Eleazer Buck

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
One of Captain Pounds's crew. Tried at Boston in 1689 for piracy and found guilty, but pardoned on payment of a fine of twenty marks.
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Captain Buckenham

bornactivedied
unknown1679-1680sunknown
In 1679 sailed from England to the West Indies. He was taken by the Spaniards off Campeachy and carried to Mexico. A seaman, Russel, also a prisoner there, and who escaped afterwards, reported to Lionel Wafer that he last saw Captain Buckenham with a log chained to his leg and a basket on his back, crying bread about the streets of the city of Mexico for his...
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Edward Buckmaster

bornactivedied
1660 ca1696 ca1696 ca
owner of the tavern near the docks of New York, a secret agent of William Kidd. Sailed with William Kidd ...... English pirate. He pub in New York's harbor tavern. He nodded to the offer of William Kidd and enter his crew on board ADVENTURE GALLEY. He was kill...
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Dixie Bull

aka: Dixey Bull
bornactivedied
unknown1631-16321632 ca
an English sea captain, and the first pirate known to prey on shipping off the New England coast, especially Maine. A native of London, he came to Boston in 1631 and started sailing the Maine coast with a small vessel, trading with the Indians. In 1632, traveling in the Penobscot Bay area, he was attacked by a roving band of French in a small pinnace; or pos...
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Mr. Bull

bornactivedied
unknown1670s-16801680
A member of the crew of Coxon's canoe, he was killed in the famous attack by the buccaneers on the Spanish Fleet off Panama in 1680.
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Bullock

borndied
unknownunknown
One of the crew at the second disastrous attack by Captain Sharp on the town of Arica, when the buccaneers were driven out of the town. All escaped who could, except the surgeons, who, in a most unprofessional way, had been indulging somewhat freely in the wines of the country during the battle, and consequently were in no condition to take their places with...
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Charles Bunce

bornactivedied
unknown1721-1722unknown
Born at Exeter; died at the age of 26. Taken by Captain Roberts out of a Dutch galley in 1721, he joined the pirates, to be eventually hanged in 1722. He made a moving speech from the gallows, "disclaiming against the guilded Bates of Power, Liberty, and Wealth that had ensnared him amongst the pirates."
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Phineas Bunce

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718 ca
Pardoned, returned to piracy. Died in battle.....pirate pardoned Woodes Rogers, but continued to plunder ships, until he was killed during the battle of the Spanish coast guard. ....... English pirate, he worked in the Caribbean. He was arrested for robbery and ...
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William Burder

bornactivedied
unknown1560sunknown
Mayor of Dover. It may seem strange to accuse the mayor of so important a seaport as Dover of being a pirate, but it is difficult to see how William Burder is to escape the accusation when we learn that in the year 1563 he captured 600 French vessels and a large number of neutral craft, which he plundered, and also no fewer than sixty-one Spanish ships, to t...
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Daniel Burgess

bornactivedied
unknown1700 caunknown
Captured the ship he was mate on – The Neptune


Captain Samuel Burgess

aka: Daniel Burgess
bornactivedied
16501690-17161716
Burgess was a member of Captain William Kidd's crew in 1690 when the Blessed William was seized. In 1693, Edward Coates became captain and the former Captain Burgess left the ship and went to New York. He arrived in April, bought a house and took on a job with ...
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Captain Thomas Burgess

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
One of the pirates of the Bahama Islands who surrendered to King George in 1718 and received the royal pardon. He was afterwards drowned at sea.
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Captain Burk

bornactivedied
unknown1690s1699
An Irishman, who committed many piracies on the coast of Newfoundland. Drowned in the Atlantic during a hurricane in 1699.
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Flora Burn

bornactivedied
unknown1741+unknown
a pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy. Little is known of her life. She began her pirate career in 1741 and operated mainly on the East Coast of North America.
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John Burton

bornactivedied
unknown1696-16971697
Sailed with William Kidd ... English pirate, he worked in the Indian Ocean. It was originally a cobbler in New York. In 1696 he nodded to offer William Kidd and join his crew on board ADVENTURE GALLEY. In early 1697 attacked big a Mogul convoy of pilgrims to M...
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Mark Bury

bornactivedied
unknown1580s1589
operated in the Atlantic. ..... English pirate. He served in the Atlantic. It was sunk by the English.


Manuel Butiens

bornactivedied
unknown1645+unknown
Dutch renegade and Dunkirker in the service of Spain......Privateer who operated from Duinkerken in the service of Spain in the year 1645. In October of this year he managed to capture twelve fishing-boats with his ship. Some of these he sunk. A number of these were later retaken. Captain Butiens brought three vessels to Duinkerken.


John Chalona Butler

bornactivedied
unknown1570s ca1577
Sailed with John Oxenham. Captured, tortured and put to death by the ES Inquisition;........John swam in Oksenhemom and captured by the Spaniards in 1577 during a hike along the Pacific coast. He was sent to Pearl Island in Panama, and later to Lima, where, after torture of the Inquisition executed. n


Nathaniel Butler

bornactivedied
1577/781619-1639 unknown
an English privateer who later served as the colonial governor of Bermuda during the early 17th century. He had built many structures still seen in Bermuda today including many of the island's coastal fortresses and the State House, in St. George's, the oldest surviving English settlement in the New World (the State House, completed in 1620, was the first pu...
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Moses Butterworth

bornactivedied
unknown1690sunknown
a crew member of Captain Kidd
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