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.
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- "The Tryals of Major Stede Bonnet and Other Pirates." Printed for Ben J. Cowse at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church Yard. 1719. http://memory.loc.gov/service/lawlib/law0001/2010/201000158861859/201000158861859.pdf
- Woodard, Colin. "The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down." Mariner Books. 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Republic-Pirates-Surprising-Caribbean-Brought/dp/015603462X/ref=ed_oe_p