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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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Gaddali

bornactivedied
unknown1516 caunknown
Corsair......Barbary corsair, raided off Sicily, Sardinia and Italian coast, may have worked with the Barbarossa Brothers


Galer

bornactivedied
unknown1697 caunknown
Buccaneer Captain


Fabio Galerati

bornactivedied
unknown1580 caunknown
Knight of St. Stephan


Aloisio Gamarra

bornactivedied
unknown1660 caunknown


Vincenzo Gambi

aka: Vincent Gambi, Vincente Gambi
bornactivedied
1775 ca1805-18191819/20
a 19th-century Italian pirate. He was one of the most violent and bloodthirsty men in the Gulf of Mexico during the early 19th century and raided shipping in the gulf for well over a decade before his death. Gambi was one of several pirates associated with Jean Lafitt...
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Angel Garcia

bornactivedied
unknown1830s1835, Jun
One of Gilbert's crew in the Panda. Hanged at Boston in June, 1835.
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Juan Garcia

bornactivedied
unknown1622unknown
a 17th-century Spanish privateer. He was among a number of Spaniards who served the Spanish Crown as Dunkirkers during the Eighty Years' War. Both he and Pedro de la Plesa were caught by the Dutch Republic naval force as they attempted to break through a blockade of Dunkirk. He and de la Plesa were accused of leaving Captain Jan Jacobsen to face nine pursuin...
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Gardiner

bornactivedied
unknown1690s-1700sunknown
Although at one time a pirate, by some means or other he became appointed to the office of Deputy Collector at Boston in 1699. Accepted a bribe of stolen gold from the pirate Gillam, which caused some gossip in the town.
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Ambroise Louis Garneray

borndied
1783, Feb 191857, Sep 11
a French corsair, painter and writer. He served under Robert Surcouf and Jean-Marie Dutertre, and was held prisoner by the British for eight years. At thirteen, he joined the Navy as a seaman, encouraged by his cousin, Beaulieu-Leloup, commander of the frigate Forte ("the Stout one"). Garneray sailed from Rochefort to the Indian Ocean with the frigate divisi...
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John Garret

bornactivedied
1540 ca1572 ca1600 ca
Privateer .......... He served in the Atlantic and Caribbean. He became a member of the crew of Francis Drake in 1572 and attended all his robberies expeditions to the Caribbean. Together plundered many Spanish ships, towns and villages. He was also on the s...
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Juan Gascon

bornactivedied
unknown1560 caunknown


Jose Gaspar

aka: José Gaspar, Gasparilla, Richard Cœur de Lion
bornactivedied
17561783-18211821
a purported Spanish pirate, the "last of the Buccaneers," who is claimed to have raided the west coast of Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Though he is a popular figure in Florida folklore, no mention of Gaspar appears in writing before the early 20th century and no physical evidence of his existence has ever been found. His legend is c...
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Gaspard

bornactivedied
unknown1812 caunknown
Ex-Corsair


Thomas Gates

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

aka: nee Hammar
bornactivedied
1692, Sep 111718-17211729, Apr 29
a Swedish privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War. Ingela was married to the privateer and pirate Lars Gathenhielm, who in 1710 had received permission from the king to attack and plunder ships from enemy nations on the Baltic Sea. She is believed to have been his companion in his professional life, and the brain behi...
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Lars Gathenhielm

bornactivedied
16891710-17181718
a Swedish merchant and privateer. In June 1710 the government of Charles XII of Sweden gave Lars Gathe from Onsala permission to act as a privateer and attack ships from enemy-nations such as Denmark and Russia. Lars Gathenhielm died in 1718, at the age of 29, from tuberculosis, but the piracy empire he had created continued under his wife, Ingela Hammar.
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Francois Gautier

aka: François, Gautiez, George Sadwell
borndied
unknownunknown
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Thomas Gayner

bornactivedied
unknown1630sunknown
English privateer who received a commission of Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange in 1633. Gayner was ordered to attack the Island of Tobago that was then in the posession of Spain. He landed there with 200 men and was named Commander. Later he was deposed, probably by a Spanish force combined with attacks by Indians.


George Gayny

aka: Gainy
borndied
unknownunknown
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Sir Michael Geare

bornactivedied
1565 ca1584-1603unknown
a 16th-century English sailor, privateer and merchant. One of the many Sea Dogs who plagued the Spanish Empire during the Elizabethan age, Geare was well-known to the Spaniards of the West Indies and the Spanish Main as commander of the Little John. He remained one of the most active in the region throughout the 1590s and up until his retirement in 1603.
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Captain Gennings

borndied
unknownunknown
A renegade English pirate who joined the Barbary corsairs, turned Mohammedan, and commanded a Moorish pirate vessel. Taken prisoner off the Irish coast, he was brought to London and hanged at Wapping.
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James Gentleman

bornactivedied
unknown1614 caunknown


Jacques Germain

bornactivedied
unknown1606 caunknown
Knight of St. Stephan


Thomas Gerrard

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
From the Island of Antigua. Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. Tried for piracy at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1718, but was acquitte
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Cornelis Gerrits

bornactivedied
unknown1700sunknown
Gerrits was active as a privateer at the beginning of the 18th century. He was the Captain of the ship the Neptunus, a ship that carried 40 cannons. He sailed together with Pieter Hamers, Captain of the Concordia which carried 28 cannons, in the spring of 1707. On 16 March 1707 he spotted a French man-of-war South West of the Scilly Isles. Initially only Ger...
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Giafer

bornactivedied
unknown1536 caunknown


Garrat Gibbens

bornactivedied
unknown1710s-17181718, Nov 22
Boatswain of Adventure, commanded by Edward Teach. Killed at Ocracoke Inlet, November 22, 1718, in the fight with Lieutenant Maynard’s crew.
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Captain Charles Gibbs

aka: James D. Jeffers
bornactivedied
1798, Nov 51816-18311831, Apr 25
an American pirate who was one of the last active in the Caribbean during the early-19th century and was among the last executed for piracy by the United States. His career, like many others during this time, was marked by violence and brutality. Shortly before his execution, Jeffers admitted to have been involved in the killing of as many as 400 victims.
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Paul Giddens

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710/1715 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 Giddings

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
Born in York River, VA. One of Captain Pound's crew. Wounded and taken prisoner at Tarpaulin Cove in 1689.
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George Gidley

bornactivedied
unknown1760s1765, Dec 19
Member of Peter M'Kinlie's gang. Captured and executed at Newgate for the theft of the Earl of Sandwich (and cargo) and murder of eight.
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Don Pedro Gilbert

bornactivedied
1800 ca1832-18341835, Jun 11
an early 19th-century pirate, who was one of the few remaining pirates continuing to raid shipping on the Atlantic coast. A former privateer in the service of the Colombian government, Gilbert began raiding American merchant vessels off the eastern coast of Florida with his schooner, the Panda in early 1832. Gilbert held the distinction of taking part...
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Gillam

bornactivedied
unknown1690sunknown
aka James Kelly? ...Captain Knot's wife gave information to the Governor, the Earl of Bellomont, of the whereabouts of a pirate called Gillam, who was "wanted."....a pirate named 'Gardiner' accepted a bribe of stolen gold from the pirate Gillam, which caused some gossip in the town.....The pirate Gillam was found hiding in a house owned by Francis Dole by th...
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John Gills

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

bornactivedied
unknown1600s-1613unknown
Captured in 1613, committed suicide


Harry Glasby

borndied
unknownunknown
Sailed as mate in the Samuel, of London (Captain Cary), which was taken in 1720 by Roberts, who made Glasby master on board the Royal Fortune. Tried for piracy on the Guinea Coast in April and acquitted.
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Edward Glenham

bornactivedied
unknown1590 caunknown


Robert Glover

bornactivedied
unknown1694 caunknown


Charles Glub

bornactivedied
1540 ca1560s-15721572
English quartermaster and pirate. He was very popular with the crew for his cheerful disposition. 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 ...
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Christopher Goffe

bornactivedied
unknown1680s-1690sunknown
Originally one of Captain Woollery's crew of Rhode Island pirates. In November, 1687, he surrendered himself at Boston, and was pardoned. In August, 1691, was commissioned by the Governor to cruise with his ship, the Swan, between Cape Cod and Cape Ann, to protect the coast from pirates.
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Captain Thomas Goldsmith

borndied
unknownunknown
Of Dartmouth in Devon. During the reign of Queen Anne, Goldsmith commanded a privateer vessel, the Snap Dragon, of Dartmouth. He turned pirate and amassed great riches. This pirate would have been forgotten by now were it not that he died in his bed at Dartmouth, and was buried in the churchyard there.
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Cornelius Goll

bornactivedied
unknown1598-1600sunknown


Juan Gomez

aka: John Gomez, Panther Key John
bornactivedied
17811790s-1880s1900, Jul 13
Brother-in-law of the famous pirate Gasparilla. Died, credited with the great age of 120 years, at Panther Key in Florida in 1900.
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Jochem Gommerts

borndied
unknownunknown
18th century Dutch privateer. Captain on the ship Jonge Krijgsman. A ships journal is preserved of his voyage from 7 December 1708 to 6 February 1710


John Goodale

borndied
unknownunknown
A Devonshire man. Goodale, who was a renegade and had turned Mohammedan, held a position of importance and wealth amongst the Moors of Algiers. In the year 1621 he bought from the Moors a British prize called the Exchange, and also, for the sum of £7 10s., an English slave, lately captain of an English merchant ship, whom he got cheap owing to his having a ...
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Captain Goodly

borndied
unknownunknown
An English buccaneer of Jamaica, who in the year 1663 was in command of a "junk" armed with six guns and carrying a crew of sixty men.
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Richard Gopson

bornactivedied
unknown1680 caunknown


Nathaniel Gordon

borndied
1826, Feb 61862, Feb 21
Pirate and slave trader, born in Portland, Maine. Captain Nathaniel Gordon was the first and only American slave-trader to be tried, convicted, and hanged in accordance with the U. S. Piracy Law of 1820. Prior to his slave trading, he had been operating as a pirate along the coast of the United States.
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Dirk Gorissen

bornactivedied
unknown1590s1599
Privateer active in 1599 from the port of Duinkerken. In this year he was captured and he and his crew were taken to the port of Amsterdam in September. Dutch sailors who were imprisoned in Duinkerken were forced to write letters asking the Staten Generaal of The Dutch Republic for the release of the privateers of Duinkerken. The threats and demands for rans...
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Bartholomew Gosnold

borndied
15711607, Aug 22
an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer who was instrumental in founding the Virginia Company of London, and Jamestown in colonial America. He led the first recorded European expedition to Cape Cod. He is considered by Preservation Virginia (formerly known as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities) to be the "prime mover of the colon...
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Cuthbert Goss

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Born at Topsham in Devon. The compiler of these biographies regrets to have to record that this pirate was hanged, at the comparatively tender age of 21, outside the gates of Cape Coast Castle, within the flood-marks, in 1722. He was one of Captain Roberts's crew, having been taken prisoner by Roberts at Calabar in a prize called the Mercy galley, of Bristol...
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Captain John Smith Gow

aka: Smith, Goffe
bornactivedied
1698 ca1724-1725 1729, Aug 11
A Scotch pirate, born at Thurso. Although the short career of this pirate made a great noise at the time, he did little to merit the fame which he achieved. He had the honour of having an account of his piratical activities written by Defoe, and ninety years later was made the hero in a novel by Walter Scott, as Captain Cleveland.
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Captain Graham

bornactivedied
unknown1680sunknown
Commanded a shallop, with a crew of fourteen men, in 1685. Sailed in company with Captain Veale up and down the coast of Virginia and New England.
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Grambo

bornactivedied
unknown1800s-18111811
Was "boss" of Barataria, the smugglers' stronghold off the Island of Grande Terre, near Louisiana, until shot by Jean Lafitte in 1811.
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Michel de Grammont

aka: Chevalier De Grammont
bornactivedied
16451670-16861686?
a French pirate. He was born in Paris, France and was lost at sea in the north-east Caribbean, April 1686. His pirate career lasted from around 1670 to 1686 during which he commanded the flagship Hardi. Grammont primarily attacked Spanish holdings in Maracaibo, Trujillo, Cumana and Veracruz.
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Roger Grange

bornactivedied
unknown1720sunknown
Member of Captain George Lowther’s crew in the “Happy Delivery.” Tried for piracy at St. Kitts in 1722. AcquitteD
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Edward Grayham

bornactivedied
unknown1696 caunknown
New York carpenter, signed on with William Kidd
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Red Legs Greaves

bornactivedied
1649 ca16801700 ca
a Scottish buccaneer active in the Caribbean and the West Indies during the 1670s. His nickname came from the term Redlegs used to refer to the class of poor whites that lived on colonial Barbados. Although considered a successful pirate during his career, most notably his raid of Margarita island in the mid-1670s, he is best known for his escape from Port R...
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Tom Green

bornactivedied
unknown1696 caunknown


Richard Greensail

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

borndied
unknown1726
A member of William Fly’s crew. Hanged at Boston, July 12, 1726.
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Sir Richard Grenville

aka: Greynvile, Greeneville, Greenfield
borndied
1542, Jun 151591, Sep 10
an English sailor who as captain of the Revenge, died at the Battle of Flores (1591), fighting heroically against overwhelming odds, and refusing to surrender his ship to the far more numerous Spanish. He was also a soldier, an armed merchant fleet owner, privateer, colonizer, and explorer.
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John Gret

borndied
unknownunknown
a Cuna boy who brought peace between buccaneers and the natives of the Isthmus of Darien


Jack Griffin

borndied
unknownunknown
Chief mate of a Bristol vessel. One of the chief mutineers on board the Bird galley in 1718, off Sierra Leone, when he befriended the captain of the Bird, with whom he had been at school. Took part in a feast to celebrate the success of the mutiny, the meal being cooked in a huge caldron in which the slaves' food was prepared. In this caldron were boiled, on...
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John Griffin

borndied
unknownunknown
Of Blackwall, Middlesex. Taken out of the Mercy galley and appointed carpenter on board the Royal Fortune by Captain Roberts. Condemned to be hanged at Cape Coast Castle, but pardoned and sold to the Royal African Company as a slave for seven years.
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Richard Griffin

borndied
unknownunknown
A gunsmith of Boston. Sailed with Captain Pound. Wounded in a fight at Tarpaulin Cove, a bullet entering his ear and coming out through his eye.
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Diego Grillo

aka: El Mulato
bornactivedied
unknown1639-1673 ca1673
There are relatively few historical records of Diego el mulato Grillo, and they are not all consistent. Most sources agree that he was a mulatto from Havana. He made his base on Tortuga. In an engagement in the Old Bahama Channel he defeated three armed ships that attempted to capture him and killed all the Spaniards in the crew. He was captured and executed...
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Francois Grogniet

aka: François, Francis Grognet
bornactivedied
unknown1680s1687
member of buccaneering expedition led by Pierre le Picard
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Juan Guartem

bornactivedied
unknown1670s-1680sunknown
a Spanish renegade pirate who raided Spanish settlements in New Spain during the late 17th century, most notably his raid against Chepo in 1679. Juan Guartem traveled up the Manginga River with buccaneers Eduardo Blomar and Bartolomé Charpes. Once across the Isthmus of Panama, they arrived at the coastal town of Chepo and then looted the town before burning...
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Louis Guittar

borndied
unknownunknown
Ships: La Paix, (Peace) 20 Guns Mounted and 8 in the hold; Pink


Breti Gullimillit

bornactivedied
unknown1810s-18231823
Taken with other South American pirates by H.M. sloop Tyne, and hanged at Kingston, Jamaica, in 1823.
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Juan Gutterez

bornactivedied
unknown1820s1823, Feb 7
Hanged at Kingston, Jamaica, on February 7th, 1823.
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Captain Guy

bornactivedied
unknown1660sunknown
Commanded the frigate James (fourteen guns, ninety men). Belonged to Tortuga Island and Jamaica in 1663.
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Domingo de Guzman

bornactivedied
unknown1830sunknown
One of Captain Gilbert's crew in the pirate schooner Panda.
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Juan Perez de Guzman

borndied
unknownunknown
Panama commander during Henry Morgan's raid on the city

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