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  1. On this day in history...

    July 7 - On this day in 1730, Olivier Levasseur was taken to Saint-Denis, Réunion and hanged for piracy at 5 p.m.
  2. Upcoming Acts of Pyracy

    I might beg the use of some canvas. My tent is great, but the idea of shipping it to the event, well....let me know.
  3. Brooms for the 17th and 18th century

    As pirates we don't often think of the mundane tools of the day to day laborer, especially a tool we might see more of on land, but the subject of brooms has come up for kit. Now in my limited research of brooms I've come across numerous examples in Dutch paintings that show what is listed as a broom, though a stubby one either from short construction or too much use. See below. As you can see it looks like more of a scrubbing tool, which makes sense on heavy wood floors and stone. A similar broom with more 'bristle' can be seen in the painting Interior of Oude Kerk in the lower left part of the image, but I can't find a good example of the painting. The long bristle broom that we think of today appears to have entered the scene in the colonies in the late 1700s, but as I said, I welcome any Broom specialists to post examples from the period.
  4. Brooms for the 17th and 18th century

    I'm very excited to see the finished brooms. Please take pictures of your work and progress if you can. I'd love to see each one come to life.
  5. On this day in history...

    July 6 - On this day in 1685, Lauren de Graff was seen on Isla de Pinos presiding over a gathering of buccaneers. After his departure, he led yet another raid on Campeche. After a protracted battle, the Spaniards fled the town, leaving the pirates with a city devoid of plunder. The length of the battle and delay in attacking had allowed residents to move goods away. After two months in the town the pirates, failing to secure a ransom, began to burn the town and execute prisoners. And on this day in 1699, Captain William Kidd was arrested at the home of Lord Bellomont.
  6. Brooms for the 17th and 18th century

    Excellent! It will be good to have a craftsman that we know.
  7. On this day in history...

    June 17 - On this day in 1704, Major Sewall appeared at Boston with a strong guard and brought pirates and gold that he had seized, and gave His Excellency a full Account of his procedure in seizing them. The prisoners were committed to Goal for trial and the Gold was delivered to the Treasurer and committee appointed to receive the same. The service of Major Sewall and Company was very well accepted and rewarded by the Governour. June 18 - On this day in 1629, a sea battle at Dungeness occurred wherein Piet Heyn beat the Dunkirkers, commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy.
  8. On this day in history...

    June 17 On this day in 1579, Sir Francis Drake landed on the coast of California at Drakes Bay and named it "New Albion".
  9. On this day in history...

    June 16 - On this day in 1671, Russian cossack pirates Stenka Razin and his brother Frol Razin were captured at Kaganlyk, his last fortress, and carried to Moscow, where, after bring tortured, Stenka was quartered alive at Lobnoye Mesto.
  10. On this day in history...

    June 15 - On this day in 1643, Able Tasman returned to Batavia after discovering Tasmania. And on this day in 1741, Capt Bering left Petropavlovsk, sailing to America.
  11. On this day in history...

    June 14 - On this day in 1615, Jacques Le Maire sailed to Zuidland, Terra Australis. And on this day in 1658, the English & French fleet beat Spanish forces at the Battle at Dunes. And also on this day in 1673, the Battle at Schooneveld took place, wherein Michiel de Ruyter beat the French and English fleet.
  12. On this day in history...

    June 13 - On this day in 1665, English forces beat the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Lowestoft, off Suffolk, England. And on this day in 1774, Rhode Island became the first colony to prohibit the importation of slaves.
  13. On this day in history...

    June 12 - On this day in 1653, the First Anglo-Dutch War took place at the Battle of the Gabbard/ Battle at North Foreland. The English fleet beat the Dutch. And on this day in 1665, New Amsterdam legally became British and was renamed New York after English Duke of York and England installed a municipal government. Also on this day in 1667, Michiel de Ruyter destroyed the English fleet. And on this day in 1704 in Glocester the following was reported. "Yesterday Major Sewall passed by this place with the Larrimore Galley, and Shallop Trial, standing for Salem, and having little wind, set our men ashore on the Eastern Point, giving of them notice that William Jones, and Peter Roach, two of the Pirates had mistook their way, and were still left upon the Cape, with strict charge to search for them, which our Towns People performed very industriously. Being strangers and destitute of all Succours they surrendered themselves this Afternoon, and were sent to Salem Prison." Also on this day in 1735, Bern was roused to publish her first decree, warning her people of the Oberland against the trip to Carolina. It is a document altogether different from the Zurich decrees, in that it attempted to use persuasion rather than force. The Amtleute were to explain to those desirous of seeking their fortunes in Carolina, that the printed accounts on the subject were misleading, that the sea-journey was a long one, the change of air, the strange food, the lack of fresh water, occasioned sickness and death among Swiss people, pirates on the sea sold them into slavery, and arriving in Carolina as paupers, they were obliged to sell them selves into servitude. Those who in spite of these warnings were determined to go, should not have been prohibited from doing so, nor would they sacrifice the government s good-will, except those who possessed means valued at over five hundred pounds, who should be compelled to give up their citizenship and land-right. Emigration was not to be prohibited, but made distasteful, and the country was to be guarded against loss, as when persons of the homeless class were put into the places of those citizens who had left the district. And finally on this day in 1772, Marion du Fresne was killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori.
  14. On this day in history...

    June 11 - On this day in 1578, England granted Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America. And on this day in 1664, Sir Thomas Modyford arrived in Jamaica to assume governorship. Also on this day in 1594, Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved the way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines). And on this day in 1676, the Battle at Öland took place. Danish and Dutch fleets under CM Tromp beat Swedish forces. And finally, on this day in 1725, John Gow was hanged. According to the Newgate Calendar, John Gow was slow to die. To relieve his pain, some of his friends pulled at his legs, but this just broke the rope, causing him to tumble to the ground, from where he was gathered up and hanged again. After his death, his body (along with those of his crew) was left in the River Thames. The bodies were then tarred and suspended on the riverbank, as a warning to other would-be pirates.
  15. On this day in history...

    June 10 - On this day in 1610, Dutch settlers arrived (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island. Captain Charles Harris joined the notorious pirate Edward Low and he captained the sloop Ranger. On this day in 1723, they suffered a resounding defeat in a battle with HMS Greyhound, a heavily armed man of war. The Greyhound had been dispatched under the command of Peter Solgard to hunt down Low and his fleet. Low fled in the Fancy with a skeleton crew and £150,000 in gold on board and headed back to the Azores, leaving Harris and the Ranger behind. Charles and his crew were captured and hung in Newport.
  16. Muster of the Mercury

    Best crew ever. Yes, I'm biased.
  17. Muster of the Mercury

    In the interest of finding and meeting with fellow crew members around the globe, I offer this Muster thread. I will maintain it as a simple list of names and towns of those crewmates who have numbered themselves among us. Former members of the crew may also list themselves if they wish and I'll keep that list here as well. Just to start things off, I use the name William Brand at events, though the nickname Red Wake is attached to my Pub name. I live nowhere near the ocean in a high mountain valley in the city of Logan, Utah and I serve regularly as the Quartermaster of the Mercury Names shall be listed alphabetically by persona surname. Muster of the Mercury Persona (Pub Name) - Location in the World Animal (Animal) - Florida Master Alan (master alan) - St Louis, Missouri Lily Alexander (Haunting Lily) - Rochester, New York William Brand (William Red Wake) - Logan, Utah Hamish Callenish (Hamish) - Pennsylvania Hugh Callenish (Callenish Gunner) - Pennsylvania Margret Callenish (Salty) - Pennsylvania Bo'sun Carl (bo'sun carl) - St Louis, Missouri Zingara Carmella (Zingara Carmella) - Beaumont, TX Peter Chaaps (madPete) - Arizona Lady Constance (lady constance) - St. Louis, Missouri Adam Cripps (Slopmaker Cripps) - Fernandina Beach/St. Augustine, Florida Kastaway Kat Drake (Kath) - Arizona Elizabeth Farnsworth (kelli farnsworth) - Tampa, Florida Ben Fridley (Ben Fridley) - Columbus, Ohio Jennie Gist (Jennie Gist) - Columbus, Ohio Mark Gist (MarkG) - Columbus, Ohio Jonah Micagie Greene (Captain Midnight) - Sage Sutherland Greene () - Patrick Hand (Patrick Hand) - Avery, Calaveras (Skulls) county, California David Hatfield (Davey Dog Crusher) - Norfolk, VA Ivan Henry (Mooseworth) - Tampa, Florida Isabella (Isabella) - Beaumont, TX Capt. J (Capt.J) - St. Louis, Missouri Janet (Seafox) - St. Louis, Missouri Jim Keele (Dead Jim Keele) - Salem, Illinois Ole Larsson (j8ksdad) - Escondido, California Dorian Lasseter (Dorian Lasseter) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Steve Mallett (Steve Mallett) - Florida Thomas McLaren (Thomas McLaren) - St Louis, Missouri Raphael Mission (Mission) - Monroe, Michigan Oderlesseye (Oderlesseye) - San Diego, California Edward O'Keeffe (Edward O'Keeffe) - Rochester, New York Onus one eye (Onus-one-eye) - St. Louis, Missouri Bloody Sam Rackham (Bloody Sam Rackham) - Cartersville, Georgia Calico Ann Rackham (Calico Ann Rackham) - Cartersville, Georgia Ransom (Ransom) - Southern Oregon Scott Salmons (Scott "SCOOTER" Salmons) - California, MO Sabrina Salmons - California, MO Jazmine Salmons - California, MO Brooklyn Salmons - California, MO Izzabell Salmons - California, MO Andrew Salmons - California, MO Daniel Siemens - (DSiemens) - Denver, Colorado Anne Coates-Sharpe (Anne Coates-Sharpe) - Jacksonville, Florida Kate Souris (Kate_souris) - Columbus, Ohio Mickey Souris (michaelsbagley) - Columbus, Ohio Capt J. Sparrow (Capt J. Sparrow) - Beaumont, TX J. Sparrow Jr. (J. Sparrow Jr.) - Beaumont, TX Rusty Spike (Rusty Spike) - St. Louis, Missouri Alexander Thatcher (alexander thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri Andrew Thatcher (andrew thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri Grace Thatcher (grace thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri Miles Thatcher (miles thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri Ryan Thatcher (ryan thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri Silas Thatcher (silas thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri Zack Thatcher (zack thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri John "Tartan Jack" Wages (Tartan Jack) - South Carolina James Barrie McKay Warren (Captain Jim) - Myakka City, Florida Jonathan Washbourne (Iron Jon) - Ft Lauderdale, Florida Paula "La Paulista" Washbourne (Paula) - Ft Lauderdale, Florida Former Crew of the Mercury Murin "Silkie" McDonough (Murin McDonough) - Collingswood, New Jersey And former, former Crew of the Mercury Otter Thatcher (Otter Thatcher) - St. Louis, Missouri
  18. On this day in history...

    June 8 - On this day in 1663, English & Portugese fleets beat the Spanish at the Battle at Amegical. And on this day in 1690, Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razed the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai. Also on this day in 1694, English troops landed Brest and attacked, killing 300. June 9 - On this day in 1534, Jacques Cartier became the first European to sail into the mouth the of St Lawrence River. And on this day in 1616, Sir Henry Mainwaring received a pardon for his acts of piracy. He later wrote a treatise on piracy.
  19. On this day in history...

    June 7 - On this day in 1692, a massive earthquake devastated the infamous town of Port Royal in Jamaica, killing thousands. The strong tremors, soil liquefaction and a tsunami brought on by the earthquake combined to destroy the entire town and part of Port Royal slid into the sea. More than 2,000 people died. On this same day in 1692, "Red Legs" Greaves, a Scottish buccaneer active in the Caribbean and the West Indies during the 1670s, escaped from Port Royal prison during the earthquake which destroyed Port Royal. Also on this day in 1740, Alexander Spotswood died of fever at Annapolis, Maryland. And on this day in 1823, the U. S. schooners of war Greyhound and Beagle left Thompson's Island, under the command of Lieuts. Kearney and Newton, and cruised within the Keys, on the south side of Cuba, as far as Cape Cruz, touching at all the intermediate ports on the island, to intercept pirates.
  20. On this day in history...

    June 6 - On this day in 1719, Bartholomew Roberts turned to piracy after Howel Davis captured the slaver he worked aboard. And on this day in 1995, the idea behind International Talk Like a Pirate Day was born. International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD, September 19) is a parodic holiday created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with "Hello," but with "Ahoy, matey!" The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. It has become a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
  21. On this day in history...

    March 15 - On this day in 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his 1st New World voyage.
  22. ''Calendar of the Mercury

    Since the Crew of the Mercury has branched out and so many of us regularly visit annual events across the country, I'm going to post an ongoing calendar for the crew. I'll try to keep it updated with links to festival sites, site maps, dates, times, schedules, etc. PAST EVENTS: Nov-Dec 2007 (first official event) Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion/Pirates in Paradise - November 27th-December 5th ~ Key West, Florida Surgeon's Journal William's Photos - Nov. 28th-29th William's Photos - Nov. 30th May 2008 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend - May ~ Columbus, Ohio Surgeon's Journal June 2008 Blackbeard Pirate Festival - June ~ Hampton, Virginia Surgeon's Journal Nov-Dec 2008 Pirates in Paradise - November 30th-December 8th ~ Key West, Florida Surgeon's Journal July 2009 The Lockhouse - July ~ Havre de Grace, Maryland Kate & Michael's Photos August 2009 Pirates of Paynetown - August 7th-9th ~ Bloomington, Indiana Surgeon's Journal September 2009 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend/TLAPD - September 18th-20th ~ Columbus, Ohio Surgeon's Journal November 2009 The Lockhouse - November ~ Havre de Grace, Maryland Kate & Michael's Photos December 2009 Fort Taylor Pirate Festival/Pirates in Paradise - December 2nd-8th ~ Key West, Florida Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal William's Photos - Dec. 4th William's Photos - Dec. 5th William's Photos - Dec. 6th March 2010 Searle's Raid - March 5th-6th ~ St. Augustine, Florida Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal May 2010 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend - May ~ Columbus, Ohio Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal June 2010 Fort de Chartres: 40th Rendezvous - June 4th-6th ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois Kate & Michael's Photos William's Photos - June 4th William's Photos - June 5th William's Photos - June 6th Republic-Times June 2010 Put-in-Bay Pirate Festival - June 25th-27th ~ Put-in-Bay, Ohio Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal July 2010 The Lockhouse - July ~ Havre de Grace, Maryland Surgeon's Journal August 2010 Pirates of Paynetown - August ~ Bloomington, Indiana Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal September 2010 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend/TLAPD - September ~ Columbus, Ohio Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal September 2010 St. Louis Pirate Festival - September ~ St. Louis, Missouri Nov-Dec 2010 Fort Taylor Pirate Festival/Pirates in Paradise - November-December ~ Key West, Florida Surgeon's Journal May 2011 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend - May ~ Columbus, Ohio Kate & Michael's Photos Surgeon's Journal June 2011 Fort de Chartres: 41st Rendezvous - June 4th-5th ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois Kate & Michael's Photos June 2011 Put-in-Bay Pirate Festival - June 24th-26th ~ Put-in-Bay, Ohio Surgeon's Journal August 2011 Brigand's Grove - August 13th-14th ~ Charlestown, Indiana Surgeon's Journal September 2011 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend/TLAPD - September ~ Columbus, Ohio Surgeon's Journal Nov-Dec 2011 Fort Taylor Pirate Festival/Pirates in Paradise - November-December ~ Key West, Florida Surgeon's Journal March 2012 The Sack of St. Augustine - March 2nd-3rd ~ St. Augustine, Florida May 2012 Pirate Weekend on the Santa Maria - May 19th-20th~ Columbus, Ohio Surgeon's Journal June 2012 Fort de Chartres - June 2nd - 3rd, 2012 ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois June 2012 NorCal Pirate Festival - June 16th - 17th, 2012 ~ Vallejo, California June 2012 Put-in-Bay - June 22nd - 24th, 2012 ~ Put-in-Bay, Ohio Surgeon's Journal August 2012 Michigan Pirate Fest - August 2012 ~ Grand Haven, Michigan Surgeon's Journal September 2013 Dana Point Tall Ships Festival - September 7th-9th ~ Dana Point, California September 2012 Santa Maria Pirate Weekend/TLAPD - September ~ Columbus, Ohio Gaston N Jacqueline's Photos September 2012 Utah Pirate Festival II - September 14th-15th ~ Willard Bay State Park, Utah William's Photos - Utah Pirate Festival 2012 November 2012 Fort de Chartres: Fall Fort - November 2nd-4th ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois Nov-Dec 2012 Fort Taylor Pirate Festival - November 30th-December 2nd ~ Key West, Florida February-March 2013 The Sack of St. Augustine - February 28th-March 3rd ~ St. Augustine, Florida April 2013 Les Plays des Illinois Colonial Trade Fair & Musket and Rifle Frolic - April 5th-7th ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois May 2013 Conway Pirate Weekend - May 11th-12th ~ Conwy, Wales May 2013 Pirate Weekend on the Santa Maria - May 18th-19th~ Columbus, Ohio June 2013 St. Louis Renaissance Faire - May 18th-June 9th ~ St. Louis, Missouri June 2013 Put-in-Bay - June 28th-July 1st ~ Put-in-Bay, Ohio July 2013 Put-in-Bay - June 28th-July 1st ~ Put-in-Bay, Ohio September 2013 Dana Point Tall Ships Festival - September 6th-8th ~ Dana Point, California September 2013 Cannon Training School - September 7th-8th ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois September 2013 Eastport Pirate Festival - September 7th-9th~ Eastport, Maine September 2013 Utah Pirate Festival III - September 13th-15th ~ Slaterville, Utah September 2013 Pirate Weekend on the Santa Maria/TLAPD - September 21st-2nd ~ Columbus, Ohio November 2013 Fort de Chartres: Fall Fort - November 2nd-3rd ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois November 2013 St. Augustine Pirate Gathering - November 8th-10th ~ St. Augustine, Florida December 2013 Fort Taylor Pirate Invasion - December 6th - 8th ~ Key West, Florida January 2014 Alafia River Rendezvous - January 24th ~ Homeland, Florida March 2014 The Sack of St. Augustine - February 28th-March 1st ~ St. Augustine, Florida May 2014 Save the Santa Maria Festival/Great Lakes Pirate Gathering - May 16th-18th ~ Cortland, Ohio June 2014 Fort de Chartres - June 7th-8th ~ Prairie du Rocher, Illinois June 2014 Put-in-Bay - June 20th-22nd ~ Put-in-Bay, Ohio June 2014 Belmont Pier Pirate Invasion - June 28th-30th ~ Longbeach, California UPCOMING EVENTS: August 2014 Channel Island Tall Ships Festival - August 16th-17th ~ Oxnard, California September 2014 Dana Point Tall Ships Festival - September 5th-7th ~ Dana Point, California December 2014 Fort Taylor Pirate Invasion - December 5th - 7th ~ Key West, Florida
  23. On this day in history...

    March 1 - While not pirate related, this little bit of history certainly demonstrates the fears and superstitions of the period, because on this day in 1692 the notorious Salem Witch hunts began. Also on this day in 1796, the VOC (Dutch East India Company) was nationalized by the new Batavian Republic. Its charter was renewed several times, but allowed to expire on 31 December 1799.
  24. On this day in history...

    February 29 - On this day in 1720, Edward England, aka Jasper Seagar, or Edw. Seegar, with no less than 250 men aboard, “attempted a Dutch ship near Cape Town. Came up with the Black Flag flying.” Royal James “was not beaten off until his foremast was within one foot of the Dutchmen’s ensign staff, when her chase guns raked him and made him withdraw.”
  25. On this day in history...

    Februrary 28 - Rayner, Captain. Although there is no evidence that Rayner ever sailed the Carolina coast, he did sail with Captain Kidd. In a letter dated "Philadelphia, February 28, 1701", William Penn wrote to the Lords of Trade in England, mentioning that several of Kidd's men had settled as planters in Carolina with Rayner as their captain.