Nothing stirs the curiosity quite like stories of swashbuckling pirates and their tales of plunder. From fiction's Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook to the infamous true-life tales of Blackbeard and Captain Henry Morgan, we explore the gripping world of pirates and their part in history.

Designers from Vivienne Westwood to Galliano and Chanel have all created collections inspired by naval wear and maritime culture. 

Though pirates have existed since ancient times, the Golden Age of piracy was in the 17th and early 18th centuries.  

Justice, like life, was short, brutal and spectacular for pirates.

For over 300 years, we have thrilled to the antics of fictional and fictionalised pirates from Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow.

Dare you encounter Blackbeard, Ned Low, Captain Henry Morgan, Anne Bonny and Mary Read?

Who became a pirate and what was life like for them? Step into the world of pirates in the classic age of piracy.

Why did the Caribbean become such a hotbed for piracy?

A letter of marque was a commission authorising privately owned ships (known as privateers) to capture enemy merchant ships.

Severndroog Castle is a Grade II-listed gothic building in Shooter's Hill, near Greenwich, and a monument to naval hero Sir William James (1720–73).