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Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-

Why, historians still wonder, would a wealthy 39-year-old leave his wife and kids to become a pirate? Whatever spurred him, Williams joined Samuel Bellamy in "the sweet trade" of piracy. He served as Bellamy's quartermaster, then became captain of the Mary Anne, a sloop in Bellamy's small fleet.

When the fleet sailed north from the Bahamas in the spring of 1717, Williams took a detour that saved his life. He stopped at Block Island, Rhode Island, to visit his mother and sisters. Thus he escaped the storm that sank the Whydah and most of his compatriots. Williams retired from piracy a year later, but quickly grew bored. Returning to piracy, he sailed and stole for several more years. At 45, in 1723, he retired a second, final time. It is believed that Williams settled down with a new wife and a new name and began another family. He eventually died in peace—a rare ending for a pirate.


Fact of the Day:-

Rachel Wall (c.1760 – 1789) was an American female pirate, and the last woman to be hanged in Massachusetts.

Wall was born 'Rachel Schmidt' in Carlisle, in the Province of Pennsylvania, to a family of devout Presbyterians. She lived on a farm outside Carlisle as a child, but was not happy there, preferring the waterfront. As a young woman, she was attacked by a group of girls on the docks, but a man named George Wall came and rescued her. The two fell in love and, despite her mother's concerns, they married.

When George went to sea on a fishing schooner after the newly weds moved to Boston, Rachel took up a job as a servant. When George came back, he brought with him five sailors and their lovers, and persuaded Rachel to join them. In one week, the party had spent all their money and the schooner set sail again, upon which George suggested they all become pirates. He borrowed another schooner from a friend, and the party set sail.


Fact of the Day:-

Richard Worley (died 17th February 1719) was an English pirate who was active in the Caribbean Sea and the east coast of the American colonies during the early 18th century. He is credited as one of the earliest pirates to fly the first version of the skull and crossbones flag.

Little of Worley's early life is known. He is first recorded leaving New York with a small boat and a crew of eight men hoping to make their fortune in the so-called Golden Age of Piracy. However, their first prize resulted in the capture of household goods from a ship in the Delaware River in September 1718. This attack was technically burglary rather than piracy, as according to British maritime law at the time the attack did not take place in international waters. Local authorities mistakenly attributed the attack to Worley's better-known counterpart Blackbeard, who had raided the same waterways earlier in the year.