Pirates; romanticized or despised, they are a cultural icon scattered through history and a probability wherever there is merchant shipping. Let’s grab a pitcher of grog and set sail through a rogue’s gallery of swashbucklers, political opportunists, and entrepreneurs, and dig into the reality of the world’s third-oldest profession.
For supplemental info and photos, be sure to visit Gordon’s blog.
Show notes and links:
- Mutiny on the Bounty (1789)
- Louisiana Purchase (1803)
- Spanish–American War (1898)
- Landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli (1915)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (imdb.com)
- On Stranger Tides, by Tim Powers (amazon.com)
- The Pyrates: A Swashbuckling Comic Novel, George MacDonald Fraser (amazon.com)
- Old Ironsides (1926) DVD Movie (mthexpress.com)
- Old Ironsides (film) (wikipedia.org)
- Alfred the Great
- Ching Shih
- Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak (Another one of Gordon’s historical doppelgangers.)
- Sea Dogs
- Henry Morgan
- Golden Age of Piracy
- Thomas Tew
- Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard
- Stede Bonnet
- Bartholomew Roberts
- The Legend Of Anne Bonney and Mary Read (bonney-readkrewe.com)
- Calico Jack
- USS Constitution
- Commerce raiding or “guerre de course”
- Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate, by Rose George
A fascinating account of several months’ traveling with various container ships, including much discussion of dealing with modern day piracy.
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