Sunday, June 6, 2010

Seafaring Sunday: Freebooting Fate

June 6, 1719: Pirate captain Howell Davis captures an innocuous merchant ship off the west coast of Africa. Aboard her is a gifted navigator; a Welshman named Bartholomew Roberts. While Davis dismisses most of the merchant's crew, he presses young Roberts into service aboard his flagship. No one could know at the time that only a few months later Davis would be dead ashore and Roberts would be elected by the crew as their new captain. The straight laced Welshman would go on to become one of the most successful raiders from Africa to the Caribbean.


Timmy! said...

Ahoy, Pauline! Black Bart Roberts! And Stede Bonnet in the Piratical Fact of the Week... Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum, Pirate Queen. You've pretty much got it all covered there.

Pauline said...

Ahoy, Timmy! Yes, we like to keep all aspects of freebooting in mind here at Triple P.