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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 Cachemaree

aka: Cachemarée
bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
French filibuster. Commanded the St. Joseph, of six guns and a crew of seventy men. In 1684 had his headquarters at San Domingo.
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Black Caesar

bornactivedied
unknown1700s-17191719
an 18th-century African pirate. For nearly a decade, he raided shipping from the Florida Keys and later served as one of Captain Blackbeard's crewmen aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. He was one of the surviving members of Blackbeard's crew following his death at the hands of Lieutenant Robert Maynard in 1718. Caesar's Rock, one of three islands located north...
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Henri Caesar

aka: Black Caesar
bornactivedied
1791 ca1791-18301830
allegedly a 19th-century Haitian revolutionary and pirate. Efforts to find historical evidence of his existence have been unsuccessful. He is supposed to have buried between $2 and $6 million at several locations throughout the Caribbean including Pine Island, White Horse Key, Marco Island, Elliot Key and Sanibel Island, although none has ever been recovered...
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Cai Qian

bornactivedied
17611800s1809
a Chinese sea merchant, considered by some a pirate during the Qing Dynasty era. Facing starvation, he became a pirate in 1794. At the height of his power, he and Cheung Po Tsai commanded hundreds of ships and thousands of pirates; he was Cheung's mate. They predated others on the seas of Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan Strait and came to be considered a major ...
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Marcantonio Calefati

aka: Marc Antonio
bornactivedied
1545, May 11565-16021602, Nov 10
On 12 March 1568, after he had already participated in the War of Malta (1565) and that of Hungary (1566) against the Turks, took to the habit of Pisa knight of the Order of St. Stephen.
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Cross-listed in Naval

John Callice

aka: Challis
bornactivedied
1558 ca1570s-1580s1587
Born in Southeastern Wales, Callice moved to London as a youth, became a retailer and later joined the navy in about 1571. In early 1574, while commanding a royal ship, he seized an Italian merchantman and sold her cargo in Cardiff and Bristol. For the next four years, Callice plundered mercilessly with other captains who sailed under his leadership. In 1...
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John Callis

aka: John Calles
bornactivedied
unknown1570s1576
a 16th-century Welsh pirate. He was active in South Wales from Cardiff to Haverfordwest, often selling his prizes and cargo in the villages of Laugharne and Carew in Milford Haven, only a few miles south of Little Newcastle, Wales. His piratical career lasted for decades before pressure from neighbouring countries forced to English government to take action ...
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Brother Ascanio Cambiano

aka: Ascanio Cumbrian
bornactivedied
unknown1602-1604 caunknown
Knight of Malta. Captain General of Galleys


William Cammock

bornactivedied
unknown1670s1679, Dec 14
A seaman under Captain Bartholomew Sharp. He died at sea on December 14th, 1679, off the coast of Chile. "His disease was occasioned by a sunfit, gained by too much drinking on shore at La Serena; which produced in him a celenture, or malignant fever and a hi...
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Sussex Camock

bornactivedied
unknown1625-1635 caunknown
an English privateer who was involved in establishing the Providence Island colony, a Puritan colony on what is now Isla de Providencia in the western Caribbean. Sussex Camock was the brother of Captain Thomas Cammock.
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Ralph Candor

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Tried for piracy with the rest of Captain Lowther's crew at St. Kitts in March, 1723, and acquitted.
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Juan Canete

bornactivedied
unknown1540 caunknown


Cannis

aka: Cannis Marcy
bornactivedied
unknown1670s-1680unknown
A Dutch pirate who acted as interpreter to Captain Bartholomew Sharp's South Sea Expedition. Captain Cox and Basil Ringmore took him with them after the sacking of Hilo in 1679, to come to terms with the Spanish cavalry over the ransoming of a sugar mill. On ...
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Jean Capdeville

bornactivedied
unknown1569 caunknown
Sailed with Jacques Sores


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Signor Caraccioli

aka: D'aubigny
borndied
unknownunknown
An Italian renegade priest, who became an atheist, Socialist, and revolutionist, and was living at Naples when Captain Fourbin arrived there in the French man-of-war Victoire. Caraccioli met and made great friends with a young French apprentice in the ship, called Misson, and a place was found for him on board. The ex-priest proved himself to be a brave man ...
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Brother Francesco Carafa

bornactivedied
unknown1625-1627 caunknown
Knight of Malta. Captain General of Galleys


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Brother Francesco Maria Carafa

bornactivedied
unknown1669-1672 caunknown
an Italian nobleman, 5th Duke of Nocera, a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and was viceroy of Aragon and Navarre and a military commander who commanded troops loyal to King Philip IV of Spain. In 1639, Carafa was named viceroy and Captain General of Aragon and was named a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The following year he was named vice...
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Peter Carder

bornactivedied
1565 ca1577 ca1626 ca
Sailed with Sir Francis Drake ...... English cabin boy and a pirate. He was a member of the crew by Francis Drake in 1575 and attended all his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. He was on the sh...
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Peter Carew

bornactivedied
unknown1560 caunknown
an English adventurer, who served during the reign of Queen Elizabeth of England and took part in the Tudor conquest of Ireland. In 1568, Carew embarked on his greatest adventure, when he laid claim to lands in the south of Ireland. Carew's claim became complicated when it appeared to encroach upon the possession and authority of the Butler family, an Anglo-...
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Thomas Carman

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 8
From Maidstone in Kent, England. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Hanged November 8, 1718, in Charleston, South Carolina.
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John Carnes

bornactivedied
unknown1710s1719
A member of Edward Teach's crew. Hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1719.
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John Carr [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1690sunknown
A Massachusetts pirate, one of Hore's crew, who was hiding in Rhode Island in 1699.
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Jan Carsten

borndied
unknown1608
Sailed with John War Killed in action.


Dennis Carter

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17061710 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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John Carter

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17071710 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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Gregory Cary

bornactivedied
1545 ca1580 ca1600 ca
Sailed with Sir Francis Drake on his round the world tour ..... 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 ...
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Jose Hilario Casaris

aka: Pepe
bornactivedied
unknown1820s1827, Aug 17
A member of Jacque Alexander Tardy's gang on the Crawford. Captured and hanged.
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Jose Hilario Caseras

borndied
unknownunknown


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Jacques Cassard

borndied
unknownunknown
a French naval officer and privateer. In 1700, Cassard became a merchantman captain. The next year, the War of the Spanish Succession broke out, and Cassard converted to a privateer. In 1705, he captained the privateer Saint Guillaume, capturing 12 merchantmen and raiding Cork. Two years later, he captured 13 merchantmen with the Duchesse Anne, earning a ran...
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Gregoria de Castellar y Mantilla

borndied
unknownunknown
Spanish privateer in command of the fleet that was ordered to attack the Isle of Providence in July 1635. He sailed with his fleet to the island and first anchored outside the harbour of New Westminster. He sent a letter to the Governor of the island in which he demanded the surrender of the English colony. After receiving a refusal to this demand he decided...
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Manuel Castillo

bornactivedied
unknown1830s1835, Jun 11
A Columbian sailor in the schooner Panda. Hanged for piracy at Boston on June 11th, 1835.
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Thomas Cavendish

bornactivedied
15601587-15921592
an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliberately tried to emulate Sir Francis Drake and raid the Spanish towns and ships in the Pacific and return by circumnavigating the globe. Cavendish also raided numerous ...
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Niccolo Centurione

bornactivedied
unknown1513-1514 caunknown


Bettino Cerisola

bornactivedied
unknown1496 caunknown


T'ang Ch'en Ch'iao

borndied
unknownunknown
aka Golden Grace


Jean Francois Chambray

bornactivedied
unknown1687-1756 caunknown
Knight of Malta


Henry Chandler

aka: Rammetham Rise
bornactivedied
unknown1610s-1620sunknown
Born in Devonshire, his father kept a chandler's shop in Southwark. An English renegado at Algiers, who had turned Mohammedan and had become an overseer in the pirates' shipyards. He was a man of some authority amongst the Moors, and in 1621 he appointed a slave called Goodale to become master of one of the pirate ships, the Exchange, in which one Rawlins al...
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Bartolome Charpes

aka: Bartolomé
bornactivedied
unknown1680s1679
Spanish renegade who was tried in absentia and convicted of piracy with Eduardo Blomar and Juan Guartem in Panama by Governor Don Dionicio Alceda in 1679.


Edward Cheesman

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Taken prisoner out of the Dolphin, on the Banks of Newfoundland, by the Pirate Phillips in 1724. With the help of a fisherman called Fillmore, he killed Phillips and ten other pirates and brought the ship into Boston Harbour.
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Cheng I

aka: Ching Yih
bornactivedied
17651790s-18071807, Nov 16
a powerful Chinese pirate operating from Canton (Guangdong) and throughout the South China Sea in the late 1600s. Heavily involved in government intrigue, he was instrumental in China's interventions during the Mac Dynasty's control of Vietnam. Unable to marry his male lover, the son of a Tonkan fisherman named Chang Paou who was later famously known as Cheu...
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Cheng I Soa

aka: Ching Yih Saou
borndied
unknown1844
Prostitute turned pirate wife. Wife of Cheng I. Pardoned and ran a gambling house and brothel until her death


John Chester

bornactivedied
1540 ca1577 ca1578
commanded the fly-boat Swan at the outset of Francis Drake's 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 S...
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Cheung Po Tsai

aka: Chang Poa, Chang Pao, Zhang Bao
bornactivedied
17831800s-18101822
a 19th-century Chinese pirate. He was a son of a Tanka fisherman who lived in Xinhui of Jiangmen but was kidnapped by the pirate Cheng I and his wife Ching Shih when he was 15. He was adopted by the kidnappers as their son. Cheung Po later took over the pirating business from his adopted parents.
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Daniel Chevalle

bornactivedied
1660 ca1703-17041704, Jun 30
an English officer, 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 s...
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John Chidley

bornactivedied
unknown1565-1589unknown
explored with John Davis….wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Chidley


Louis Chighizola

aka: Chigizola
borndied
unknownunknown
a close associate and lieutenant to Jean Lafitte, part of his "inner circle”. Pardoned.


Thomas Child

borndied
unknownunknown
A member of Captain Edward Low’s crew. At the age of fifteen, he was tried for piracy at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1723. Was found not guilty.
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Ching Shih

aka: Cheng I Sao, Ching Yih Saou
bornactivedied
17751801-18101844
a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century. She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Cheng's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000 — men, women, and even children. She challenged the empires of the time, such as the British, Portuguese and the Qing dynasty. Undef...
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Dirk Chivers

bornactivedied
unknown1694-1699unknown
a Dutch pirate active in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean during the 1690s. Dirk Chivers is first recorded as a crew member of the Portsmouth Adventure, a privateering ship bound for the Red Sea, under Captain Joseph Farrell in early 1694. Chivers eventually signed aboard the 28-gun Resolution after being picked by Captain Robert Glover near the end of the year....
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Captain Christian

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
In 1702 the town of Tolu was sacked by Captain Brown of the Blessing. Brown was killed, and Christian was elected to be captain in his stead. Davis tells us that "Christian was an old experienced soldier and privateer, very brave and just in all his actions." He had lived for a long while amongst the Darien Indians, with whom he was on very friendly terms.
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Bambos Christophi

borndied
unknownunknown


Chui A-poo

aka: Chi Apu
bornactivedied
unknown1840s-18501851
a 19th-century Qing Chinese pirate who commanded a fleet of more than 50 junks in the South China Sea. He was one of the two most notorious South China Sea pirates of the era, along with Shap Ng-tsai. In September 1849, his fleet, which was based in Bias Bay east of Hong Kong, was destroyed by British warships. More than 400 pirates were killed and Chui was ...
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Daniel Chuley

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710 ca
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 lo...
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Charles Church

borndied
unknownunknown
Of St. Margaret's, Westminster. One of Captain Charles Harris's crew. Hanged on July 19th, 1723, at Newport, Rhode Island.
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Edward Church

bornactivedied
unknown1830sunknown
In 1830 he served in the brig Vineyard, from New Orleans to Philadelphia. Took part in the mutiny which was planned by the notorious pirate Charles Gibbs.
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William Church

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-1722unknown
Of the Gertrwycht of Holland. At the trial at West Africa in 1722 of the crew of Bartholomew Roberts', four of the prisoners—W. Church, Phil. Haak, James White, and Nicholas Brattle—were proved to have "served as Musick on board the Royal Fortune...
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John Churchill [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17221722, Mar 11
A member of Captain George Lowther’s crew. Captured in West Indies and hanged March 11, 1722, on island of St. Kitts.
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Cigala

bornactivedied
unknown1551-1561 caunknown


Moro Ciriffo

bornactivedied
unknown1675 caunknown
Corsair. Captured by Knights of Saint Stephen


Jan Claasen

bornactivedied
unknown1590s-1600sunknown
Dutch privateer in the service of Spain in 1599. He sailed from the port of Duinkerken. He attacked several fishing-boats and brought a number of steersmen to Duinkerken where they awaited the payment of their ransom by family members or government officials. In November of the same year he narrowly managed to escape being captured when his ship was attacked...
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William Clark [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1614 caunknown
Associated with James Gentleman


Jonathan Clarke

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
Of Charleston, South Carolina. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Tried for piracy at Charleston in 1718. Acquitte
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Richard Clarke

aka: Jafar
borndied
unknownunknown
A renegade English sailor, who turned "Turk"—that is, became a Mohammedan—and was appointed chief gunner on one of the Barbary pirate ships. Captured in the Exchange, and brought into Plymouth in 1622. He was hanged.
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Robert Clarke

bornactivedied
unknown1670s-1682unknown
Governor of New Providence, Bahama Islands. Instead of trying to stamp out the pirates, he did all he could to encourage them, by granting letters of marque to such men as Coxon, to go privateering, these letters being quite illegal. The proprietors of the Bahama Islands turned Clarke out and appointed in his place Robert Lilburne in 1682.
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Thomas Clarke

bornactivedied
unknown1689 caunknown
Sailed with Henry Morgan


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George Clifford

aka: 3rd Earl of Cumberland
bornactivedied
unknown1558-1605unknown
an English peer, naval commander and courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. He helped to prepare an expedition with Walter Raleigh which led to the Battle of Flores in 1592 and the capture of richly laden carrack Madre de Deus off Flores, Azores. He commissioned the bui...
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John Clifford

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041730 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 Clinton

borndied
unknownunknown
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John Clipperton

bornactivedied
unknown1700s-17221722
Sailed with William Dampier in 1703


Peter Cloise

bornactivedied
unknown1679-1688 caunknown
Slave liberated by Edward Davis


Captain Edward Coates

bornactivedied
unknown1692 ca1694 ca
a colonial American privateer in English service during the King William's War and later a pirate operating in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean during the mid-1690s. Sailing to the Red Sea in 1694, among Coates' crew were quartermasters Samuel Burgess and Robert Culliford, operating for several years before his eventual capture and execution several years later.
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William Cobb

bornactivedied
unknown1635-1637 caunknown
Privateer


Eric Cobham

bornactivedied
17001720s-1740s1760+
a pirate in the early 18th century who with his wife, Maria Lindsey, practiced piracy in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from their base in Newfoundland. They were both born in England. the Cobhams were among the first St. Lawrence pirates to become known for giving “no quarter”, meaning all the captured crews were killed and the ships sunk. They were famous fo...
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Thomas Cobham

bornactivedied
unknown1563 caunknown


Abraham Cocke

bornactivedied
unknown1589-1593 caunknown
Worked for John Watts


Thomas Cocklyn

bornactivedied
unknown1717-1719unknown
an 18th-century English pirate, known primarily for his association and partnership with Howell Davis and Oliver La Buze. He was reportedly elected captain "due to his brutality and ignorance" when first sailing from New Providence in 1717. Due to disagreements be...
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Roberto Cofresi

aka: Cofresí , Ramirez de Arellano, Coupherseing, Couppersing, Koffresi, Confercin, Confersin, Cofresin, Cofrecinas
bornactivedied
1791, Jun 171818-18231825, Mar 29
a pirate from Puerto Rico. Despite his birth into a noble family, the political and economic difficulties faced by the island as a colony of the Spanish Empire during the late 18th and early 19th centuries meant that his household was poor. Cofresí worked at sea from an early age; although this familiarized him with the region's geography, it provided only ...
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Eloi Colaert

aka: Eloi Collaart
bornactivedied
unknown1583-1585unknown
He was a privateer in the service of Spain. He was active in the years 1583 and 1585 from Duinkerken. The ship that he used was a fly-boat.


John Cole

borndied
unknownunknown
Ship: New York's Revenge Revenge, sloop 6 Guns
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Samuel Cole [2]

bornactivedied
unknown17261726, Jul 12
Sailed with and crew member of William Fly. Hanged at Boston July 12, 1726.
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Jacob Collaart

bornactivedied
unknown1625-16371637
a Flemish admiral who served as privateer and one of the Dunkirkers in Spanish Habsburg service during the Dutch Revolt. He was responsible for the capture of destruction of at least 150 fishing vessels, bringing 945 captured sailors back to his base in Dunkirk for ransom. A leading admiral over the next decade, he would have later encounters with other Dutc...
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Mahieu Collaart

borndied
unknownunknown
Privateer from Duinkerken in the service of Spain. His ship was attacked and taken in November 1599. He and part of his crew managed to avoid being taken, though. In 1601 he was active again and managed to take many fishing-boats. Dozens of steersmen were ransomed by him. He attacked several ships in 1602 and ransomed 6 steersmen, who were brought to Duinker...
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Roel Collaart

borndied
unknownunknown
Privateer from Duinkerken in the service of Spain. In the second half of 1599 he captured several ships and ransomed 14 fishermen. In August 1600 he sailed as part of a fleet that attacked the Dutch fishing-fleet near the coast of Scotlan He and his ship were (probably) captured in 1601. He and his crew may have been taken to the island of Texel where they w...
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Edward Collier

bornactivedied
unknown1668-1671unknown
an English buccaneer who served as Sir Henry Morgan's second-in-command throughout much of his expeditions against Spain during the mid-17th century. In command of one of the ships which took part in Sir Henry Morgan's raid on Portobello in 1668, he was given comm...
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Thomas Collins

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
This Madagascar pirate was a carpenter by trade, who had by 1716 retired from the sea and lived in splendour in that island. Collins was made Governor of the pirate colony, and built a small fort for its defence, which the pirates armed with the guns taken out of their ship, which had by long use grown old and crazy, and was of no further use to them.
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Claes Gerritszoon Compaen

aka: Claas Compaan, Klaas Kompaan
bornactivedied
15871621-16271660, Feb 25
a 17th-century Dutch corsair and merchant. Dissatisfied as a privateer for the Dutch Republic, he later turned to piracy capturing hundreds of ships operating in Europe, the Mediterranean and West Africa during the 1620s.
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Adam Comry

borndied
unknownunknown
Surgeon to the ship Elizabeth, taken by Captain Bartholomew Roberts' squadron. Gave evidence at the trial of George Wilson and another sea-surgeon, Scudamore, that the former had borrowed from Comry a "clean shirt and drawers, for his better appearance and ...
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Christopher Condent

aka: William Condon, Billy One-Hand, Congdon, Connor, Condell, William, Christopher, Edmond, John
bornactivedied
1690s1718-17201770
an English pirate who led the return to the Eastern Seas. He began his career as quartermaster on an American 12-gun sloop. During a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, he killed an Indian crewmember of the crew, who threatened to ignite the ship's powder magazine. Shortly after, the ship captured a merchantman, the Duke of York. After a dispute, the crew split ...
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George Condick

borndied
unknownunknown
Cook in crew of William Fly. Convicted in trial at Boston. Acquitted, pending a pardon from King George
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Alonso de Contreras

bornactivedied
unknown1580 caunknown
a Spanish sailor (captain of a frigate), soldier (captain of infantry and then of cavalry), privateer, adventurer and writer, best known as the author of his autobiography; one of the very few autobiographies of Spanish soldiers under the Spanish Habsburgs and possibly one of the finest, together with the True History of the Conquest of New Spain (Historia V...
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Gustavus Conyngham 

borndied
1747 ca1819, Nov 27
an Irish-born American merchant sea captain, an officer in the Continental Navy and a privateer. As a commissioned captain fighting the British in the American Revolutionary War, he captured 24 ships in the eastern Atlantic between May 1777 and May 1778, bringing the expenses associated with British shipping to a then all-time high. He has been called "the m...
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George Cook

aka: Ramedam
borndied
unknownunknown
An English renegade amongst the Barbary pirates of Algiers. Was gunner's mate when captured in the Exchange in 1622. Brought to Plymouth and hanged.
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William Cook

bornactivedied
unknown1670s-16811681, Feb 14
Servant to Captain Edmund Cook, and was found, on being searched, to have on him a paper with the names of all his fellow pirates written on it, and was suspected of having prepared it to give to some of the Spanish prisoners. For this, Captain Walters put him in irons on January 7th, 1681. He died on board ship on Monday, February 14th, 1681, off the coast ...
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Captain Edmund Cooke

aka: Cook
bornactivedied
unknown1679-16811681


Edward Cooke

bornactivedied
unknown1708-1711 caunknown


Cross-listed in Commerce

Captain Edward Cooke

aka: Edmund, Edmond, Cook
bornactivedied
unknown1673-1683unknown
a merchant captain, buccaneer, and pirate. He is best known for sailing against the Spanish alongside Bartholomew Sharp, John Coxon, Basil Ringrose, Lionel Wafer, and other famous buccaneers. Cooke’s flag was red-and-yellow striped and featured a hand holding a sword.
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John Cooke [1]

bornactivedied
1545 ca1560-1580s1600 ca
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 was also on the ship GOLDEN HIND (PELICAN) Vice Admiral Francis Drake...
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John Cooke [2]

aka: Cook
bornactivedied
unknown1680-1694 unknown
an English buccaneer who led an expedition against the Spanish in the early 1680s. This buccaneer was born in the Island of St. Christopher. "A brisk, bold man," he was promoted to the rank of quartermaster by Captain Yankey. On taking a Spanish ship, Cooke claimed the command of her, which he was entitled to, and would have gone in her with an English crew ...
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William Cooke

bornactivedied
unknown1540sunknown


Captain Cooper

bornactivedied
unknown1660sunknown
On October 19th, 1663, he brought into Port Royal, Jamaica, two Spanish prizes, one the Maria of Seville, a royal azogue carrying 1,000 quintals of quicksilver for the King of Spain's mines in Mexico, besides oil, wine, and olives. Also a number of prisoners were taken, including several friars on their way to Campeachy and Vera Cruz. The buccaneers always r...
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Joseph Cooper

borndied
unknownunknown
Commanded a pirate sloop, the Night Rambler. On November 14th, 1725, he took the Perry galley (Captain King, commander), three days out from Barbadoes, and the following day a French sloop, and carried both prizes to a small island called Aruba, near Curaçao, where they plundered them and divided the spoil amongst the crew. The crews of the two prizes were ...
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Vittorio Corbelli

bornactivedied
unknown1740 caunknown
Corsair


Captain Corbet

borndied
unknownunknown
Sailed with Captain Heidon from Bantry Bay in the John of Sandwich in 1564 to search for a good prize in which he might go a-pirating on his own account. The ship was wrecked on the Island of Alderney, and all the crew arrested. Corbett and several others escaped in a small boat.
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Baltazar de Cordes

bornactivedied
unknown1598-16011601?
a Dutch corsair who fought against the Spanish during the early 17th Century. Born in the Netherlands, Baltazar de Cordes began sailing for the Netherlands against Spain during the Eighty Years' War. Baltazar possibly arrived in the Pacific during the 1598 Magellano Company expedition attempting to circumnavigate South America. This expedition, under the com...
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Simon de Cordes

borndied
unknown1599


Frans Cordyne

bornactivedied
unknown1696 caunknown
Privateer


Daniel Cornelissen

aka: Daniël
borndied
unknownunknown
Privateer active in the years 1583 and 1585 from Duinkerken. He had a letter of Marque from the Spaniards and used a fly-boat.


Jan Corneliszoon

bornactivedied
unknown1683 caunknown
Dutch privateer


Captain Cornelius

borndied
unknownunknown
A contemporary of Howard Burgess North and other Madagascar pirates.
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Robert Corp

bornactivedied
unknown1724 caunknown


Juan Corso

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
This is an excerpt from the P.R.O. Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series: America and West Indies, 1681-1685: no. 1163 In a letter from Sir Thomas Lynch to Secretary Sir Leoline Jenkins, Jamaica, July 26, 1683: ...They (the holders of Spanish commissions) have committed barbarous cruelties and injustices, and better cannot be expected, for they are Corsi...
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Laurens Cortsen

bornactivedied
unknown1600sunknown
Privateer active in 1601 from the port of Duinkerken. In this year he was captured and he and his vessel were taken to Brielle.


Nicola Costa

bornactivedied
unknown1830sunknown
One of Captain Gilbert's crew (cabin boy) in the pirate schooner Panda.
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Randolph Cotton

borndied
unknown1595


Captain Cottuy

bornactivedied
unknown1697 caunknown


Captain Stephan Courtney

bornactivedied
unknown1707 caunknown


William Coward

bornactivedied
unknown1689-16901690, Jan 27
In November, 1689, with three men and a boy he rowed out to the ketch Elinor (William Shortrigs, master), lying at anchor in Boston Harbour, and seized the vessel and took her to Cape Cod. The crew of the ketch could make no resistance as they were all down with the smallpox. The pirates were caught and locked up in the new stone gaol in Boston. Hanged on Ja...
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Captain C Cowley

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
A man of high intelligence and an able navigator. In the year 1683 he sailed from Achamach or Cape Charles in Virginia for Dominica as sailing master of a privateer, the Revenge (eight guns and fifty-two men), in company with William Dampier and Captain ...
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William Cowley

bornactivedied
unknown1683-1686 caunknown


Captain John Cox

bornactivedied
unknown1670s-1680sunknown
Born in New England, and considered by some of his fellow buccaneers "to have forced kindred upon Captain Sharp"—the leader of the fleet—"out of old acquaintance, only to advance himself." Thus he was made Vice-Admiral to Captain Sharp, in place of Captain Cook, whose crew had mutinied and refused to sail any longer under his command. Cox began his capta...
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William Coxe

bornactivedied
unknown1576-1578 caunknown


John Coxon

bornactivedied
unknown1677-16821689 ca
a late seventeenth-century buccaneer who terrorized the Spanish Main. Coxon was one of the most famous of the Brethren of the Coast, a loose consortium of pirates and privateers. Coxon lived during the Buccaneering Age of Piracy. Coxon's ship, a vessel of eighty tons that carried eight guns and a crew of ninety-seven men, is lost to date, with no traces of i...
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Captain Richard Coyle

borndied
unknownunknown
Born at Exeter in Devonshire. An honest seafaring man until, when sailing as mate with Captain Benjamin Hartley, they arrived at Ancona with a cargo of pilchards. Here the captain took on board a new carpenter, called Richardson, who soon became a close friend of the mate's. These two brought about a mutiny, attacked the captain, and threw him, still alive, ...
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Captain Crackers

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
A retired pirate who settled at Sierra Leone, and was living there in 1721. He had been famous in his day, having robbed and plundered many a ship. He owned the best house in the settlement, and was distinguished by having three cannons placed before his door, which he was accustomed to fire salutes from whenever a pirate ship arrived or left the port. He wa...
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William Craston

bornactivedied
unknown1590-1601 caunknown


Mary Crickett

aka: Cricket, Crichett
bornactivedied
unknown1728unknown


Captain John Criss

aka: Jack The Bachelor
borndied
unknownunknown
A native of Lorne in the North of Ireland. His father was a fisherman, and little Jack used to go out with him, and then help him sell his fish at Londonderry. The lad grew up into a bold and handsome young fellow, "and many a girl cocked cap at him and he had great success amongst the ladies, and intrigued with every woman that gave him any encouragement."
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Margaret Croke

aka: Margaret Jordan
bornactivedied
unknown1809unknown
Following a dispute with investors over his schooner The Three Sisters, Edward Jordan was on his way to Halifax to sort it out. Wrongly assuming his family was being sent to debtors' prison, he killed two crewman then threw the Captain overboard before com...
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Thomas Cromwell [2]

bornactivedied
unknown1643-1645 caunknown


John Crosse

bornactivedied
15751591-1595 ca1595
English cabin boy and a pirate. Brother of Robert Crosse. He became a member of the crew of Francis Drake in 1591 and attended his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. In 1595 he sailed for the las...
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Robert Crosse

bornactivedied
1570 ca1587-1595 ca1595
English pirate. He was the brother of John Crosse. From 1585 he served in the Atlantic and Caribbean. In 1587 he became a member of the crew of Francis Drake. In 1588 he participated in the successful repulse Felicissima Spanish Armada (Invincible Armada). Se...
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Andrew Cullen

borndied
unknownunknown
Of Cork in Ireland. Brother of Pierce Cullen. One of the crew of Captain Roche's ship. After the crew had mutinied and turned pirate he posed as the supercargo.
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Pierce Cullen

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Member of Phillip Roche's gang.
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Robert Culliford

bornactivedied
16661690-16981710 ca
an English pirate from Cornwall who is best remembered for repeatedly checking the designs of Captain William Kidd. Culliford and Kidd first met as shipmates aboard the French privateer Sainte Rose in 1689; there were only six other Britons aboard. After the War o...
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Patrick Cunningham

borndied
unknownunknown
Found guilty at Newport in 1723, but reprieved.
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William Cunningham

bornactivedied
unknown1716-17181718
Hanged for violating pardon
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Joseph Curtice

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 22
Crew member of Queen Anne's Revenge, commanded by Edward Teach. Killed November 22, 1718, at Ocracoke Inlet during the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.
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Thomas Cuttle

bornactivedied
1545 ca1577 ca1600 ca
English officer, boatswain a 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 was also on the ship GOLDEN HIND (PELICAN) Vice Admiral more
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