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.


How did the pirate image influence what people thought of them? 


Tales of mermaids date back to the first written accounts of humanity, but how much do we know about the mythical sea creatures?  

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Though pirates have existed since ancient times, the Golden Age of piracy was in the 17th and early 18th centuries.  During this time more than 5000 pirates were said to be at sea. 


Throughout history, there have been dramatic tales of women sailing the oceans. Many of these stories begin from the Golden Age of Piracy (1650 to 1720), but there are accounts of female pirates dating back thousands of years. In this article, we'll explore the lives of some of the notable pirates prowling our oceans.


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 Long John Silver 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.


While Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films are entirely fictional, there is no doubting that the Caribbean was the centre of piracy in the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’.

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