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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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Melis Karelszn

bornactivedied
unknown1630sunknown
Privateer in the 17th century who operated from Oostende. In the summer of 1634 he was steersman on board a privateer sailing from this port. At the Skagerrak (near Denmark/Norway) the privateer captured a herringboat. Karelszn and six other sailors were ordered to bring the prize to Oostende. En route they were sighted by several Dutch men-of-war. The priva...
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James Kelley

aka: James Kelly, James Gilliam, Sampson Marshall
bornactivedied
unknown1680 - 16991701, Jul 12
an English pirate active in the Indian Ocean during the 1690s and was a longtime associate of Captain William Kidd. One of Kidd's earliest crew members, Gilliam was a participant in the mutiny on board the Mocha and the subsequent murder of Captain Edgecomb...
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Kellwanton

bornactivedied
unknown1520s-1531unknown
A notorious pirate in the sixteenth century. Was captured in the Isle of Man in 1531.
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Walter Kennedy [2]

bornactivedied
16951718-17211721, Jul 21
Kennedy was a pickpocket and burglar before sailing from New Providence Island in the Bahamas in 1718 with Howell Davis. After Davis' murder in June 1719, Kennedy attacked the fort at Principe Island to avenge Davis' death. Kennedy was given second-in-command by t...
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Samuel Kennels

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unknown1696 caunknown


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Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Tremarec

aka: Kerguelen-Trémarec
borndied
1734, Feb 131797, Mar 3
a French explorer and naval officer. He was born in Landudal, Brittany. During the Seven Years' War, Kerguelen-Trémarec was a privateer, but without much success. In 1767 he sailed near Rockall, or Rokol. Although he may not have approached within sight of it, or even within 150 miles, he appears to have had good information regarding it. His charted positi...
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Karel Keyzer

borndied
unknownunknown
Privateer in the 17th century who operated from Duinkerken. see also Jean Bart


Captain William Kidd

aka: John, Robert, Kydd, Kid
bornactivedied
1645, Jan 221695-16991701, May 23
a Scottish sailor who was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. Kidd's fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial....
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Henry Killigrew [1]

bornactivedied
unknown1520sunknown
a former pirate, was made a Vice-Admiral by Queen Elizabeth I and tasked with suppressing piracy. Husband of Lady Mary Killigrew


Lady Mary Killigrew [3]

bornactivedied
unknown1530-1570unknown
Mary was the daughter of a former Suffolk pirate. Mary's husband Sir Henry Killigrew, a former pirate himself, was made a Vice-Admiral by Queen Elizabeth I and tasked with suppressing piracy. Whenever her husband went to sea Mary engaged in piracy using the staff of her castle (Arwenack Castle in Cornwall) as crew and possibly with the Queen's knowledge. In ...
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James Killing

bornactivedied
unknown1710sunknown
Crew member of Revenge/Royal James, commanded by Major Stede Bonnet. When Bonnet was tried in Charleston in 1718, Killing gave evidence against him.
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Charles King

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710/1722 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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Francis King

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 King II

bornactivedied
1670 ca1703-17041710/1724
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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Matthew King

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

bornactivedied
1706/09 ca1716, Nov 9 - 1717, Apr 261717, Apr 26
an 18th-century pirate. He joined the crew of Samuel Bellamy ('Black Sam') while still a juvenile, and is the youngest known pirate on record. On November 9, 1716, Bellamy and his crew, sailing the sloop Mary Anne (or Marianne), attacked and captured the Antigua...
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Peter Kneeves

bornactivedied
1691 ca1720s-17231723
Of Exeter in Devon. Sailed with Captain Charles Harris, and was tried for piracy with the rest of his crew at Rhode Island in 1723. Hanged at Newport at the age of 32.
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Christopher Knight

bornactivedied
unknown1680s-1690unknown
One of Captain Coward's crew. Tried for piracy at Boston in January, 1690, and found guilty, but afterwards reprieved.
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Thomas Knight

borndied
unknown1749, Jul 24
carpenter. Hanged for mutiny at Newgate.
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William Knight

bornactivedied
unknown1684-1686unknown
a 17th-century English buccaneer known for joining privateering expeditions against the Spanish colony of Peru in 1685 and 1686, where they looted cities along the coast, in some cases being paid a kind of ransom to depart. Along with Edward Davis, he took part in the final large buccaneer attack on Spanish holdings.
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Francis Knollys

bornactivedied
1552 ca1585 ca1648
an English privateer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1575 and 1648. In December 1575 Knollys was elected Member of Parliament for Oxford following the death of Edward Knollys, and held the seat unit 1589. In those early years he was involved in piracy with Sir more
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Captain Knot

bornactivedied
unknown1680s-1690sunknown
An old Massachusetts pirate who retired from the sea and was settled in Boston in 1699. His wife gave information to the Governor, the Earl of Bellomont, of the whereabouts of a pirate called Gillam, who was "wanted."
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Koxinga

aka: Kuo-hsing Ye, Kuo-hsing Yeh, Coxinga, Zheng Chenggong, Cheng Ch’eng-kung, Guoxingye, Kaishan Shengwang,
bornactivedied
1624, Aug 241646-16621662, Jun 23
a Chinese military leader who was born in Hirado, Japan to the Chinese merchant/pirate Zheng Zhilong and his Japanese wife Tagawa Matsu, and who died on Formosa. A Ming loyalist and the chief commander of the Ming troops on the maritime front for the later emperors of the withering dynasty, Koxinga devoted the last 16 years of his life to resisting the conqu...
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