Show Notes: Stede Bonnet

Tracy Wilson

Illustration of Pirate Major Stede Bonnet © CORBIS

During the golden age of piracy, standard operating procedure for a pirate was to commandeer a ship, gather a crew, and start plundering and pillaging. Stede Bonnet, on the other hand, bought a ship, paid for it with real money, had it outfitted with cannons, and named it the Revenge. Then, with his legitimately acquired pirate vessel, he went out plundering. As you might imagine would be the case for a pirate who went and commissioned a pirate ship, he wasn't very good at it.

Listener mail is from Kelly Jo about "Happy Birthday."

Here's an article I wrote once upon a time: How Pirates Work

Episode link: Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate

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