TV Documentaries:
      BBC's Atlas
      BBC's Blue Planet
      BBC's Ocean Odyssey
      Da Vinci & His Code
      Deadliest Catch
      Desperate Crossing
      FDR Revealed
      French Revolution
      Human Weapon
      Lincoln
      Sherman's March
      Ten Days
      Titanic
      True Caribbean Pirates
      -:Bio: Anne Bonny
      -:Bio: Black Bart
      -:Bio: Blackbeard
      -:Bio: Calico Jack
      -:Bio: Henry Morgan
      -:Bio: Mary Read
      -:Bio: Woodes Rogers
      -:Articles of Piracy
      -:Facts
      -:Multimedia
      -:Review
      Washington the Warrior




TV Series Index
Action
Animated
BBC Presentations
Comedy
Drama
Fantasy/SciFi
Western
Reviews




Site Map
Search the Site
Contact Us
Advertise Here



PatriotResource.com:
Main Index
Film Index
Film: Gladiator
Film: National Treasure
Film: The Patriot
Film: Tombstone
Films: General
Films: Fantasy
Films: SciFi
History: 1775-1781
History: September 11th
Lord of the Rings
OtherWorld: Index
TV Series: Index
TV: Battlestar Galactica
TV: Caprica
TV: Deadliest Catch
TV: Lost
TV Series: Action
TV Series: Animated
TV: BBC Presentations
TV Series: Comedy
TV Series: Drama
TV: Fantasy/SciFi
TV Series: Western
TV Series: Reviews
WCA Alumni

True Caribbean Pirates
True Caribbean Pirates @ The History Channel

Mary Read was a mate of Anne Bonny on the Revenge. For the most part, Mary led her life as a man. Her parents are unknown. What little is known is that her widowed mother raised her as a boy. She was born in London, by the age of 13 she was employed as a foot boy to rich French woman, but soon ran away and signed onboard a man-o-war. A few years later she jumped ship, only to enlist in a Foot Regiment. She fought in Flanders, showing great bravery. She later joined a Horse Regiment where she fell in love with a soldier. She confessed her womanhood to this man and they were married. The two opened an Inn called the Three Horseshoes near Castle Breda.

Unfortunately Mary's husband died, and Mary once again assumed men's clothing, and once again attempted life in the Army, but failing at this, shipped off to the West Indies. On the way there, her ship was taken By Captain Calico Jack Rackham. As fate would have it, another female Pirate, Anne Bonny, was part of Calico's crew. Anne saw a young strapping sailor among the newly captured prize and decided that she would have her way with the young man. Much to Anne's surprise, when she got the man alone, he opened his blouse and exposed to Anne that he too was a woman. Mary confessed that she would much rather join with Rackham than lead the dull life a woman and joined Calico's pirates. Once the sailor signed the articles of piracy the former foe became a companion.

After one such encounter, Mary took a fancy to one the pirates. This young fellow however got in a quarrel with an older, more experienced pirate while at anchor one night, and as the laws decreed, a duel was set for the next day. Mary, realizing that her lover would not stand a chance against the other pirate, began a quarrel with the bigger pirate, and demanded settlement on the spot. The quartermaster, as pirate law demanded, rowed the two ashore, and with pistol and cutlass, the duel began. Both discharged their pistol for naught and then began the duel with cutlass in hand, The man had strength on his side but Mary was more agile and cunning. The duel had been going for some time, when the larger man made a thrust and stumbled. He would have probably managed to recover from this slip if it were not for what Mary did next. Before the unbelieving eyes of the pirate, Mary ripped her shirt open to expose her breast. The pirate, not believing his eyes, hesitated for a split second. In that instance, Mary quickly grabbed his cutlass arm and with one swing of her own blade, nearly cut the man's head off. He lay on the ground grasping at the frothing bloody gash in his neck while still not believing he had been dueling with a woman. For surprisingly enough, few of the men on board Calico's ship were aware that Anne and Mary were women. Mary's lover was no coward and he showed up to fight the duel that would most certainly have meant his death at the appointed time, only to find that his duel was with a dead man.

Mary and this pirate were married shortly afterwards. Their honeymoon was short lived however for shortly after this duel, Mary, Anne, and Calico Jack were taken prisoner. They were tried at St, Jago de la Vega in Jamaica on November 28, 1720 and were sentenced to be hanged. Suffice to say Mary had as much spirit as Anne, which was more than many of her male companions. Upon be asked at her trial why a woman might turn to piracy, rather than come with an answer that might give her pardon, she instead replied, "that as to hanging, it is no great hardship, for were it not for that, every cowardly fellow would turn pirate and so unfit the Seas, that men of courage must starve."


Copy courtesy of Pirates of the Caribbean , in Fact and Fiction , Gibson, W. Tobias on http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/pirates/pirates.html {last updated January 2006} and Robert Ossian's Pirate Cove , http://www.ThePirateKing.com


True Caribbean Pirates @ The History Channel
Check Listing for air times.






Copyright © 1999-2014; Scott Cummings, All Rights Reserved. Privacy Statement.
Available at A&E.com
True Caribbean Pirates
The History Channel DVD:
True Carribean Pirates


Available at Amazon.com
True Caribbean Pirates
The History Channel DVD:
True Carribean Pirates
Disney Blockbuster Film
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Curse of the Black Pearl
DVD
Disney Blockbuster Film
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man's Chest
DVD