on the Chesapeake Being
a True History of Pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on the Chesapeake
by Donald G. Shomette
Captain John Smith recorded the first pirates on the Chesapeake in 1610. For the next two centuries, a dazzling array of pirates, picaroons, and sea rovers raided and plundered ships, towns, and plantations in the Bay area. The most famous Chessy bucaneer was Blackbeard. Many of these seaborne hoodlums controlled islands in the Bay. The governments of Virginia and Maryland constantly launched anti-pirate cruises which led the the capture of dozens of pirates. However, some showy executions did little to curb the continued terrorist activities of nautical nasties like Roger Makeele, and Stede Bonnet, and Joseph Wheland. Chesapeake piracy ended peacefully in 1807.
6x 9 344 pages, index, illustrated, hardbound
#332 Chesapeake Pirates $22.95
Captains Heroines and
Hellions of the Sea
by Joan Druett
This sea-saga starts with Queen Tomyris and her navy trounced the Persians under Cyrus the Great on the Volga River in 529 BC, then tells about other warrior queens such as Artemisia of Athens and the famous Cleopatra. There are pirate captains such as Grania, or Grace O'Malley of Ireland and Cheng I Sao of China in the 16th century. Not to be overlooked are the famous femme fatales of the high seas Anne Bonny and Mary Read. There are female pioneers: Mary Jane Healy accompanied her husband Captain "Roaring Mike" on whaling expeditions while a Scotswoman, Betsey Miller, skippered freighters in the 1800s; in the 20th century, Louise Arner Boyd, a San Francisco socialite, led seven expeditions to the Arctic.
5½ x 8½" 304 pages, index, illustrated, paperbound
#07 She Captains $14.00