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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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Jasim bin Jabir

borndied
unknown1551


Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah

bornactivedied
17601800s1826
an Arab ruler in the Persian Gulf and was described by his contemporary, the English traveller and author, James Silk Buckingham, as ‘the most successful and the most generally tolerated pirate, perhaps, that ever infest any sea.’ As a pirate his reputation was for being ruthless and fearless, and he wore an eye-patch after he lost an eye in battle. He i...
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Captain Jackman

bornactivedied
unknown1663 - 1665unknown
Buccaneer. In 1665 took part with Morris and Morgan in a very successful raid on Central America, ascending the river Tabasco in the province of Campeachy with only 107 men. Led by Indians by a detour of 300 miles, they surprised and sacked the town of Villa de Mosa. more
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Nathaniel Jackson

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 22
A member of Edward Teach's crew. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.
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William Jackson [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1639-1645unknown
an English privateer who, based in Guanaja and Roatan, was in the service of the Providence Island Company from 1639 until around 1641. Leaving the Providence Island Company, he sailed to England where he sold sugar and indigo to obtain supplies for another privateering expedition and, upon receiving a three-year letter of marque from the Earl of Warwick, he...
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Jan Jacobsen

bornactivedied
1588/891610s-1620s1622
a Flemish naval commander and Dunkirker during the Eighty Years' War. He became a posthumous hero when, after battling an enemy fleet for over 13 hours, he destroyed his own ship rather than surrender. His ship was part of a three-ship flotilla, with the intention of locating the Dutch Baltic convoy, accompanied by Spanish privateers Pedro de la Plesa and Ju...
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Mahieu Jacobsen

bornactivedied
unknown1599-1600sunknown
Privateer in the service of Spain at the end of the 16th and at the beginning of the 17th century. In January 1599 he seized several ships and ransomed 13 fishermen who were brought to Duinkerken. Another 14 fishermen were ransomed and brought to Duinkerken by Jacobsen in Feruary 1599. He and his ship were part of a fleet of 12 privateers that attacked a Dut...
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Willem Jacobszoon

bornactivedied
unknown1624-1625unknown
Dutch corsair who accompanied Pieter Schouten on one of the first major expeditions to the West Indies.


Bartholomeus de Jager

bornactivedied
unknown1655unknown
Dutch corsair active against the Portuguese. He attacked a small merchant fleet at Fernando Noronha capturing one merchant ship and driving off the other....... Privateer and captain of a ship in 1655. In 1655 he captured the vessel the Consciencia. In October, at the Antillen, he met another Dutch privateer called Cornelis Janszoon van de Velde. He had atta...
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Captain James [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1660sunknown
Buccaneer. Belonged to Jamaica and Tortuga. In 1663 was in command of a frigate, the American (six guns, crew of seventy men).
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Captain James [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1630s-1640sunknown
A buccaneer captain who was in 1640 temporarily appointed "President" of Tortuga Island by the Providence Company, while their regular Governor, Captain Flood, was in London, clearing himself of charges preferred against him by the planters.
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Captain James [3]

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
About 1709 commanded a pirate brigantine off Madagascar. Sailed for some time in company with a New York pirate called Ort Van Tyle.
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Charles James

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710/1719 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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Michael James

bornactivedied
unknown1545 caunknown


Stephen James

bornactivedied
unknown1690s-1717unknown
Tried and hanged for piracy at Charleston in 1717.


Jamison

aka: Monacre Nickola
borndied
unknownunknown
Born at Greenock in Scotland, the son of a rich cloth merchant, he received a polite education, spoke several languages, and was described as being of gentlemanly deportment. He served as sailing-master to Captain Jonnia when he took the schooner Exertion. The captain and crew were eventually saved by Nickola. Years afterwards Nickola went to Boston, and liv...
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Captain Janquais

borndied
unknownunknown
A French filibuster of San Domingo. His ship, La Dauphine, carried thirty guns and a crew of 180 men.
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Willem Jansen

bornactivedied
unknown1600unknown
Dutch corsair based in Duinkerken and one time officer under Jacques Colaert........Dutch privateer who commanded a ship that had 8 cannons and over 60 crewmen. He and his ship were part of a fleet of 12 privateers that sailed from Duinkerken in 1600. They attacked a Dutch fleet of fishing-vessels near the Scottish coast on August 14. 25 fishing-boats were b...
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Aldert Janssen

borndied
unknownunknown
Captain of a privateer that attacked a pirate ship that was sailing from Algiers in 1655. He attacked the ship together with two other Dutch privateers. He was killed during the fighting, but the corsairs eventually lost the battle. They were captured and sold at Cadiz to the Spaniards who used them for rowing their Spanish galleons.


Jan Janssen

aka: Jansz, Murad Raïs
bornactivedied
unknown1600 caunknown
Captured and converted to Islam in 1618. Became Governor of Oualidia……This Dutch privateer joined the Barbary corsairs and in 1627 led a Muslim fleet to Iceland, where they took slaves and plunder.


Hillebrandt Janszoon

borndied
unknownunknown
Dutch privateer in the service of the Dutch West Indies Company in 1624. Was captain of the ship the Eendracht which was part of a squadron under the command of Pieter Schouten.


Jan Janszoon

bornactivedied
15701600s-1620s1641+
one of the most succesful corsairs of the Mediterranean sea. Like so many Dutch pirates Jan, of the city Haarlem, began his career as a privateer. He sailed with a letter of Marque to capture pirates that operated from Duinkerken. Because this trade was not very lucrative he became a pirate. He sailed with a small boat from La Rochelle, but met with an accid...
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Jan Janz

borndied
unknownunknown
[Murad Rais]


Benjamin Jefferys

bornactivedied
1701 ca1721-17221722
Of Bristol. Taken by Roberts in the Norman galley in April, 1721. Roberts allowed those of the crew who did not wish to join the pirates to return to the Norman, but Jefferys had made such friends on the pirate ship that he was too drunk to go, and also was abusive in his cups, telling his hosts there was not one man amongst them. For this he received six la...
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Robert Jeffrey

bornactivedied
unknown1807 caunknown
Press-ganged privateer, marooned


Wijerd Jelckama

aka: Wierd Jelckama, Wijard Jelckama, Grote Wierd, Groote Wierd
bornactivedied
14901520s1523
a Frisian military commander, warlord and member of the Arumer Zwarte Hoop ("Arumer Black Hope"). He was the lieutenant of Pier Gerlofs Donia (also known as Grutte Pier) and fought along his side against the Saxon and Hollandic invaders. Jelckama took Donia's place as freedom fighter after Donia died in 1520.
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William Jenkins

bornactivedied
16821690s1750 ca
Age 14. ....... English pirate, sailed on the ship Captain William Kidd ADVENTURE GALLEY in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. From twelve years as a lifeguard apprentice to Captain George Bollen (an ally of William Kidd in the Caribbean). In fourteen years, ...
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Jennings

bornactivedied
unknown1610sunknown
A Welshman who in 1613 was settled on the Barbary coast with some thirty other British pirates.
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Henry Jennings

bornactivedied
unknown1715-17171745
an 18th century British privateer, who served primarily during the War of Spanish Succession and later served as leader of the pirate haven or 'republic' of New Providence. In early 1718, Jennings surrendered to authorities following the general amnesty declared by the newly appointed Governor of the Bahamas, more
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Joasmis

borndied
unknownunknown


Richard Jobson

aka: Cobson, Gopson
bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
His original calling was that of a druggist's assistant in London. He combined piracy with the study of divinity. He was one of William Dampier's party which crossed the Isthmus of Darien in 1681, and was left behind with Wafer, who tells us in his book that Go...
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Captain Jocard

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
A French filibuster who in 1684 had his headquarters in San Domingo. He commanded the Irondelle, a ship armed with eighteen guns and a crew of 120 men.
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Captain Johnson

bornactivedied
unknown1670sunknown
A successful and very bloody pirate. Of Jamaica. Immediately after the publication of peace by Sir Thomas Lynch, Governor of Jamaica in 1670, which included a general pardon to all privateers, Johnson fled from Port Royal with some ten followers, and shortly after, meeting with a Spanish ship of eighteen guns, managed to take her and kill the captain and fou...
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Captain Ben Johnson

bornactivedied
unknown1750sunknown
a most capable and bloodthirsty pirate, playing havoc with the shipping of the Red Sea, taking also several towns on the coast, and putting to death his prisoners, often after cruel tortures. His boldest exploit was to attack the fortified town of Busrah. This he did, putting the Sheik and most of the inhabitants to death, and taking back to his master, the...
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Daniel Johnson

bornactivedied
16291657-16751675
an English buccaneer who, serving under buccaneers as Moyse Van Vin and Pierre le Picard, sailed against the Spanish during the late 17th century becoming known among the Spanish as "Johnson the Terror", or "The Juggernaut". There is little record of his career aside from a single body of work, Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography (1887), suggesting ...
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Henry Johnson

aka: Henriques the Englishman
bornactivedied
unknown1730sunknown
Pirate......In 1730 Henry Johnson, dubbed Henriques the Englishman by his Spanish crew, was operating a pirate ship called the Two Brothers off the coast of Rhode Island. Although Henriques was missing a hand, it did little to slow him down. In battle, he would often start off by balancing his rifle on the stub of his arm and firing it with expert accuracy....
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Isaac Johnson

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710/1720 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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Jacob Johnson

borndied
unknownunknown
Taken prisoner by Captain Roberts out of the King Solomon, he joined the pirates.
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John Johnson

aka: Jaynson
bornactivedied
1700 ca1720s-17221722
Born "nigh Lancaster." Taken out of the King Solomon. One of Roberts's crew. Hanged in 1722 at the age of 22.
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Marcus Johnson

bornactivedied
1701 ca1720s-17221722
One of Captain Roberts's crew. Hanged in 1722. Stated in his death warrant to be a native of Smyrna. Died at the age of 21.
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Robert Johnson [3]

bornactivedied
1690 ca1720s-17221722
From Whydah in West Africa. Tried for piracy with the rest of Captain Roberts's crew, and hanged in 1722 at the age of 32. At his trial he pleaded that he did not enter with the pirates of his own free will, and called witnesses to prove that at the time he was captured he was so very drunk that he had to be hoisted out of his own ship, the Jeremiah and Ann,...
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Bill Johnston

bornactivedied
1782, Feb 11810-18601870, Feb 17
a Thousand Islands smuggler, river pirate, and War of 1812 American privateer. His most famous undertaking, the one that earned him his pirate moniker, was when he and his crew set out to capture the passenger steamer, the Sir Robert Peel. They intended to use the Peel to transport rebel troops to Canada.
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Thomas Johnston

bornactivedied
unknown1680s-16901690, Jan 27
Of Boston. Known as "the limping privateer." Sailed with Captain Pound. Wounded in the jaw in the fight at Tarpaulin Cove. Tried for piracy at Boston, and hanged on January 27th, 1690.
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Cornelius Corneliszoon Jol

aka: El Pirata, Houtebeen ("pegleg")
bornactivedied
15971620s-1640s1641, Oct 31
a 17th-Century Dutch corsair and admiral in the Dutch West India Company during the Eighty Years' War between Spain and the fledgling Dutch Republic. He was one of several early buccaneers to attack Campeche, looting the settlement in 1633, and was active against the Spanish in the Spanish Main and throughout the Caribbean during the 1630s and 40s.
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Edward Joliffe

bornactivedied
unknown1600 caunknown


David Jones

bornactivedied
unknown1634 caunknown


Evan Jones

bornactivedied
unknown1699 caunknown
Captain of Beckford Galley.


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John Paul Jones

bornactivedied
1747, Jul 61770s-1780s1792, Jul 18
a Scottish American sailor and the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made both friends and enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. As such, he is sometimes referred to as the "Fath...
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Joseph Jones

bornactivedied
unknown1696 caunknown


Seaman Jones

borndied
unknownunknown
A mariner. "A brisk young fellow" who served with Captain Bartholomew Roberts' crew. On one occasion Captain Roberts had reason to think that one of his men had spoken disrespectfully to him, so, as a warning to the rest, he killed him. The dead man's great...
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Major Thomas Jones [1]

bornactivedied
16651690s-1700s1713
as a young man, he joined the Irish who fought unsuccessfully for James the 2nd against the British King William the 3rd at the Battle of Boyne in 1690. He was exiled with his manservant to a dismal Irish "estate" which was little more than a damp hovel. Soon after, however, the exiled Jones saw a way out of his dilemma. With insurrections in both Ireland a...
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Thomas Jones [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Found to be "not guilty" at a trial for piracy at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1723. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Age 17.
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William Jones III

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710/1721 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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William Jones [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
Tried for piracy at Boston, 1704.
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William Jones [2]

bornactivedied
1695 ca1720s1723
Of London. Age 28. Hanged at Rhode Island, 1723.
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Captain Jonnia

borndied
unknownunknown
Commanded in 1821 a fast schooner, carrying a crew of forty men, armed with muskets, cutlasses, blunderbusses, long knives, dirks, two carronades—one a twelve, the other a six-pounder. They had aboard with them three Mexican negresses. The pirates took and plundered the Boston schooner Exertion, on December 17th, 1821, the crew being considerably drunk at ...
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Edward Jordan

bornactivedied
17711794-18091809
an Irish rebel, fisherman and pirate in Nova Scotia. He was typical of the violent but short-lived pirates in the 19th century following the end of "Golden Age of Piracy" in the 18th century. Jordan was convicted of piracy and executed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Jorgen Jorgensen

aka: The Dog-Days King
bornactivedied
1780, Mar 291807-18081841, Jan 20
a Danish adventurer during the Age of Revolution. During the Action of 2 March 1808 his ship was captured by the British. In 1809 he sailed to Iceland, declared the country independent from Denmark and pronounced himself its ruler. He was also a prolific writer of letters, papers, pamphlets and newspaper articles covering a wide variety of subjects, and was ...
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Dirk Jorissen

borndied
unknownunknown
Jorissen was a Dutch privateer with a letter of Marque from Spain. He captured three ships in 1599. He ransomed the steersmen of all three fishing-boats and brought them to the port of Duinkerken.


Miguel Jose

borndied
unknownunknown
Hanged at Kingston, Jamaica, in February, 1823. This old man's last words on the scaffold were: "No he robado, no he matado ningune, muero innocente."
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Randall Judson

bornactivedied
unknown1670sunknown
One of Captain Roderigo's crew. Tried for piracy at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in June, 1675, and sentenced to be hanged; "presently after the lecture," which was delivered by the Rev. Increase Mather. Afterwards pardoned, but fined and banished from the colony.
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John Julian

bornactivedied
1701 ca1716-17171733, Mar 26
the first recorded black pirate to operate in the New World, as the pilot of the ship Whydah. Julian was a half-blood Miskito Indian who joined Samuel Bellamy early in his brief career. Julian was one of 30 to 50 people of African descent in the pirate crew — ...
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Carlo Juvara

bornactivedied
unknown1661 caunknown

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