Pirates who’ve inspired me, part 1: Anne Bonny and Mary Read

MaryReadAndAnneBonneyMost of the pirates in this blog series will be fictional, but of course I can’t not mention Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the most famous pirate women of the Caribbean ”Golden Age of Piracy”.

There isn’t a huge amount of historical facts to find about them, but fortunately, for inspiration legends are just as relevant as fact. For instance, the story that when pirate hunter Captain Jonathan Barnet captured Calico Jack Rackham’s ship the Revenge, the rest of the crew hid in the hold or were too drunk to fight, leaving the defence up to Bonny and Read, whereupon Read ”angrily shot into the hold, killing one, and wounding others when the men would not come up and fight with them.” (Wikipedia.) Bonny’s last words to the imprisoned Rackham are supposed to have been: ”Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang’d like a dog.” (Wikipedia.)

Read dressed as a boy from a young age, initially by her mother to pose as her dead brother, so they could keep getting financial support from the brother’s grandmother. As a young widow she did it to join the army, and when peace broke out she sailed to the West Indies. When the ship was boarded by pirates, she joined them. Bonny and her first husband moved to Nassau, called ”The pirates’ republic”, where she started hanging out with pirates, met Rackham and said ”By the topgallants, a pirate’s life for me!” (Paraphrase.)

Read died in prison after the Revenge was captured, but Bonny seems to have possibly escaped. For one version of what she did for over a hundred years afterwards, read The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher, in which she features as a sort of wiccan high priestess ninja warrior 😀

Apparently Anne Bonny is a playable character in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which means I’ll just have to play it, won’t I?

Hopefully proper source for the picture above.

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