The life of the famous pirate Stede Bonnet has been turned into a ridiculous comedy in Our Flag Means Death – but who was the real gentleman pirate from history?
The American clipper ship Flying Cloud would have rung to the sound of sea shanties.
There can be few more uplifting ways to stay connected during lockdown than singing together, which goes a long way to explaining the success of the Wellerman sea shanty on TikTok.
Suspected pirates surrender to the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Somalia in 2009.
LCDR Tyson Weinert/U.S. Coast Guard
In 2019, there were fewer attacks and attempted attacks on ships than there had been in 25 years. The coronavirus may bring economic and political changes that make piracy worse in the coming years.
The signature pirate voice is from the West Country in south-west of England. But why West Country?
We may no longer say ‘shiver me timbers’, but we still use plenty of pirate words for other things.
Blackbeard: an early international criminal.
Capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris via Wikimedia Commons
How pirates helped to shape international criminal law.
Port workers secure berthing ropes belonging to a container ship as it prepares to dock at the port of San Pedro, Ivory Coast.
Traditionally maritime security has been defined through the narrow lens of piracy. But as the blue economy grows, African states need to embrace a broader strategy.
U S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist st Class Eric L Beauregard/Released/Wikimedia Commons
Piracy has risen and fallen with the ages, but international cooperation is the common factor behind their defeat.
The iconic Captain Jack Sparrow in action.
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Captain Jack Sparrow sails the high seas again in the fifth outing of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. So did the filmmakers get the science right in the action packed adventure?
The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, available on Amazon’s pay-to-view service is reportedly now the most illegally downloaded program.
A court has ruled that internet service providers in Australia should block access to some illegal file-sharing websites. But is there a better way to beat the priates?
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People have always loved a bit of old-fashioned villainy.
Captain Kidd in New York Harbor, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1920.
Treasure belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Kidd has been found in Madagascar.
NATO forces board a suspected pirate vessel.
UK Ministry of Defence
As NATO meets in Wales, the public’s attention is bound to be on how the organisation will handle the conflict in Ukraine. But the meeting is also an important window of opportunity to develop a long term…
Economic development along the coast would mean hijacked ships have nowhere to hide.
Imagine you are a Somali pirate captain. You have hijacked a cargo ship after four weeks out at sea, 800 nautical miles from home. It will take maybe three, perhaps six, possibly 18 months to extract a…
Pirate fishers harm economies, ecosystems, and often their crew.
When the Russian owned factory ship Oleg Naydenov was recently seized by armed Senegalese commandos for illegal fishing in Senegal’s exclusive territorial 12-mile fishing zone, it shone a much-needed spotlight…