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.