Politics is nothing. We are free only on the ocean. ~ Renato Beluche
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Seafaring Sunday: A Pirate's Death
February 10, 1722: Bartholomew Roberts, known as "Black Bart", the reluctant pirate who was certainly one of the most successful freebooting captains of the Golden Age, meets his end aboard his ship RoyalFortune. Caught in a firefight with HMS Swallow, Roberts died on deck of wounds to his throat and chest from a blast of grapeshot. He was quickly buried at sea by his crew, still wearing a beautiful coat of crimson brocade.
Header: Captain Bartholomew Roberts by Edward Mortelmans c 1970 via IAG