Long John Silver Trust

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

On 11th December 1695, Bellomont, who was now governing New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, asked the "trusty and well beloved Captain Kidd" to attack Thomas Tew, John Ireland, Thomas Wake, William Maze, and all others who associated themselves with pirates, along with any enemy French ships.

With this Royal commission, Captian kid sailed out of Plymouth in May 1696 in a galley called the Adventure equipped with thirty guns and a crew of eighty men. His first port of call was New York where he increased his company to 155 men, offering every man a share of what was taken, after reserving 40 shares for himself and the owners. He next sailed to Madera, where he took in Wine and other necessities, then to the Cape de Verd Islands' of Bonavista and St. Jago, where he took in salt and other provisions. Then in February 1697, just nine months after leaving Plymouth, he reached Madagascar, the hunting ground of the pirates he seeked ...

Fact of the Day:-

The backstaff or back-quadrant, is a navigational instrument that was used to measure the altitude of a celestial body, in particular the sun or moon. When observing the sun, users kept the sun to their back (hence the name) and observed the shadow cast by the upper vane on a horizon vane.

Fact of the Day:-

Captain William Kidd's ship, the Adventure Galley, was well suited to the task of catching pirates; weighing over 284 tons, she was equipped with 34 cannons, oars, and 150 men. The oars were a key advantage as they would enable the Adventure Galley to manoeuvre in a battle when the winds had calmed and other ships were dead in the water.

Kidd took pride in personally selecting the crew, choosing only those he deemed to be the best and most loyal officers. On one occasion, as the Adventure Galley sailed down the Thames, Kidd unaccountably failed to salute a Navy yacht at Greenwich as custom dictated. The Navy yacht then fired a shot to make him show respect, and Kidd’s crew responded with an astounding display of impudence — by turning and slapping their backsides.

On This Date In History
19th August in 1812:- The USS Constitution destroyed HMS Guerriere during a fifteen-minute battle. When British shot “bounced” off the Constitution’s hull, she earned the nickname “Old Ironsides.”