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Pirate Ship names list

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I dont know if this has been started, I thought it would be cool to start a list of all pirate ships with names. If you guys know any other names these captains used please add them. To be continued....

William Kidd-

Adventure Galley, Galley-Frigate 34 Guns

Adventure Prize (formerly Queda Merchant ex-Moorish Ship) 34 Guns 400 tons

John Bowen-

Speaking Trumpet, ex-slaver 50 guns 450 tons

Speedy Return, Brig

Blackbeard-

Queen Anne's Revenge, ex-French slaver flute 40 guns 250 tons

Adventure, sloop 6 Guns

Bartholomew Roberts

Little Ranger, sloop 10 Guns

Good Fortune, Brig 18 Guns (Anstis ran off w/ it)

Royal Rover, sloop-of-war 32 Guns

Royal Fortune (several ships, same name)Frigate 42 Guns

Sea King, Brig 30 Guns

Thomas Anstis-

ran off with the Good Fortune, Brig 18 Guns

John Evans-

Scowerer, sloop 4 Guns

Thomas Cocklyn-

Wyndham Galley, ex-slaver 24 Guns

Speakwell, sloop 24 Guns

Samuel Bellamy-

Sultana, British ship-rigged galley 26 Guns

Whydah, ex- British slaver 28 Guns 300 tons

Charles Vane

Ranger (several ships, same name), sloop, brig,

Lark, sloop 6 Guns

Christopher Condent-

Flying Dragon (later renamed Fiery Dragon) sloop 10 Guns 150 tons

Louis Guittar-

La Paix, (Peace) 20 Guns Mounted and 8 in the hold

Pink

Joseph Bannister-

Golden Fleece, 30 Guns

Jean Hamlin-

Trompeuse(Deceiver) French Royal Frigate 32 Guns

La Nouvelle Trompeuse(The New Deceiver)

Philip Lyne-

Sea Nymph, sloop

James Skyrme-

Ranger

William Moody-

Rising Sun, 35 Guns

Olivier La Buse-

Postillion, sloop 8 Guns

Indian Queen, Brig 28 Guns

?, Brig 14 Guns (Johnson qoutes when he meets Davis)

Palgrave Williams-

Marianne, sloop

Richard Worley-

Eagle, sloop 8 Guns

John Cole-

New York's Revenge Revenge, sloop 6 Guns

Benjamin Hornigold-

Ranger,

Benjamin, Spanish Sloop 10 Guns

Happy Return, sloop

Mary, sloop

Adventure, sloop 10 Guns 20 tons

Joseph Cooper

The Night Rambler

William Fly-

Fame's Revenge (Formerly ex-British slaver Elizabeth) Snow

John Halsey-

Charles

Henry Avery-

Fancy, 46 Guns

John Phillips-

Revenge

Robert Sample-

Flying King, (formerly Mercury) sloop 4 Guns

Matthew Luke-

Vengence or Venganza, Brig

John Taylor-

Cassandra

Victory, (formerly Fancy under England) Frigate 34 Guns

Francis Spriggs-

Delight(formerly Squirrel see Low) 12 Guns

George Lowther-

Happy Delivery, Merchant 16 Guns

Thomas Tew-

Amity, sloop 16 Guns

Liberty, sloop 8 Guns 80 tons

Robert Culliford-

Mocha

Edward England-

Royal James,

Pearl

Fancy, (formerly Dutch Ship) Frigate 34 Guns 300 tons

Stede Bonnet-

Revenge (later renamed Royal James), sloop 12 Guns 60 tons

John Gow- Revenge, Merchant 18 Guns

John Quelch-

Charles, Brig 80 tons

John Rackham-

Ranger (replaced Vane as captain), brig

William, sloop 6 Guns 12 tons

Samuel Burgess-

Pembroke, sloop

Margaret

Thomas Howard-

Prosperous, 36 Gun

Edward Low-

Fancy, Scooner 10 Guns 80 tons

Rose Pink, ex-French man-of-war sloop

Squirrel, ex- British man-of-war sloop 12 Guns (given to Spriggs renamed Delight)

Ranger, (Unknown given to Charles Harris consort) sloop 8 Guns

Merry Christmas, large ship 34 Guns

William Dampier-

Roebuck, 292 tons

George Booth-

Speaker, ex-British slave ship 50 Guns 450 tons

Charles Yeates-

Katherine, Bermuda sloop 8 or 10 Guns

Nathaniel North-

Defiance, Indian Frigate 56 Guns

Howell Davis-

Rover, sloop 32 Guns and 27 Swivels

Nicholas Brown-

Blessing

Henry Jennings-

Diamond, sloop 4 Guns

St. Marie, French frigate 32 Guns

Barsheba, sloop 8 Guns 40 tons

John Martel-

John and Marshall, Galley 22 Guns

Nicholas Woodall-

Wolf, sloop 30 tons

Charles Harris,

Ranger, sloop 8 Guns

John Fenn,

Morning Star, Brig 32 Guns

Antelope, Sloop 24 Guns

Lane,

Queen Anne's Revenge (formerly Elizabeth and Katherine) sloop 6 Guns

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Does anyone have the ship names for Emanuel Wynn, Black Caesar, Nicholas Brown, John Fenn? I ran out of captains and ships my brain is shutting down.

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May I make a suggestion? The list might be more useful if it included other information where it is known: type, guns, tonnage, crew etc.

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Here is a reformated version, w/ a new name and ship types:

William Kidd-

Adventure Galley, Galley-Frigate

New York Revenge

John Bowen-

Speaking Trumpet,

Speedy Return

Blackbeard-

Queen Anne's Revenge, flute 40 guns

Adventure, sloop

Bartholomew Roberts

Little Ranger,

Good Fortune,

Royal Rover,

Royal Fortune (several ships, same name)

Thomas Anstis-

ran off with the Good Fortune

John Evans-

Scowerer

Thomas Cocklyn-

Wyndham Galley

Speakwell

Samuel Bellamy-

Whydah

Charles Vane

Ranger (several ships, same name), sloop, brig,

Christopher Condent-

Flying Dragon (later renamed Fiery Dragon) sloop

Louis Guittar-

La Paix, pink

Joseph Bannister-

Golden Fleece

Jean Hamlin-

Trompeuse

La Nouvelle Trompeuse

Philip Lyne-

Sea Nymph

James Skyrme-

Ranger

William Moody-

Rising Sun

Olivier La Buse-

Postillion

Palgrave Williams-

Mary Anne, sloop

Richard Worley-

Eagle

John Cole-

New York's Revenge Revenge

Benjamin Hornigold-

Ranger,

Benjamin

Joseph Cooper

The Night Rambler

William Fly-

Fame's Revenge

John Halsey-

Charles

Henry Avery-

Fancy

John Phillips-

Revenge

Robert Sample-

Flying King

Matthew Luke-

Vengence or Venganza

John Taylor-

Cassandra

Francis Spriggs-

Delight(formerly Squirrel)

George Lowther-

Happy Delivery

Thomas Tew-

Amity

Liberty

Robert Culliford-

Mocha

Edward England-

Royal James,

Pearl

Stede Bonnet-

Revenge (later renamed Royal James), sloop

John Gow- Revenge

John Quelch-

Charles??

John Rackham-

Ranger (replaced Vane as captain), brig

The William, sloop

Samuel Burgess-

Jacob,

Margaret

William Condon-

Fiery Dragon (formerly Condent's Flying Dragon)

Thomas Howard-

Prosperous

Edward Low-

Fancy,

Rose Pink,

Squirrel,

Ranger,

Merry Christmas

William Dampier-

Roebuck

George Booth-

Speaker

John Yeates-

Katherine

Nathaniel North-

Defiant

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Further data:

Bonnet's Revenge/Royal James initially had 10 guns, but was later up-armed to 12 guns, probably when he landed at Nassau after the fight with the Spanish warship where he was wounded. That's in Lindley Butler, Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast.

Rackham's William was only 12 tons burthen, per Cordingly, Under the Black Flag, p. 56.

Henry Avery's Fancy had 46 guns, according to the East India Company's letter of 1694 to the Lords Justices. Jameson, Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period, p. 154.

I could have sworn that I read somewhere that the ship Edward England commanded when he fought MacRae in 1720 was also named the Fancy, but I can't find the reference. Maybe Botting?

And are we really sure that "Christopher Condent" and "William Condon" are two different people?

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Howell Davis's last ship was called the Rover, and had 32 guns and 27 swivels according to Johnson's 1724 General History of the Pyrates, p. 187. I'm not sure if this is the same ship as Bartholomew Roberts' Royal Rover.

Do we really want to try to list the crews of the ships? That would seem to me to be an impossible task, with people constantly dying from illness or injuries, volunteering to join the crew, getting forced, leaving the ship with their injury compensations, and so on.

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And are we really sure that "Christopher Condent" and "William Condon" are two different people?

Nope, we're sure that they're the same person - debate surrounds the forename, might also have been Edmund.

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Blackbeard had three ships under his command if my memory serves me correctly. The Queen Anne's Revenge, Adventurer and the Revenge (I think? I know it waas Stede Bonnet's ship before he was "offered" the chance to join with Blackbeard)

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I hope we can make a master list of all of them and agree with Foxe on adding type of ship and guns she carried. Thank you Daniel and Tartan for the help also. I did not know Condon was Condent makes sense how similar the name is.

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I hope we can make a master list of all of them and agree with Foxe on adding type of ship and guns she carried. Thank you Daniel and Tartan for the help also. I did not know Condon was Condent makes sense how similar the name is.

Dont forget if, i was a pirate and had a ship, she would be called Rosey Palm and Her Five Sisters...blink.gif

Tartan Jack lets go with your list if you want to captain this project and add the guns and ship type on your revised list and also put what Daniel has added?

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Actually, since it's your post at the top of the topic, you would be the best person to keep track of the info by editing your first post as things are added.

People usually look at two things in topics like this:

1) The first post and

2) The most recently added post.

(Trust me, years of experience doing such things bear this out.) ;)

Plus if one person is keeping track of the data, they can create a consistent format to make the list more readable, and thus more useful for research. (The web is a great way to generate useful research information of this sort, especially when we cite our sources.)

I also find it's a good idea to give credit to the folks who added things to the list. That way we know who to blame praise when the list comes under scrutiny.

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And are we really sure that "Christopher Condent" and "William Condon" are two different people?

Nope, we're sure that they're the same person - debate surrounds the forename, might also have been Edmund.

Thanks. I'd not heard the end of that debate. I knew they maybe were, but not if they were for sure.

Also, if anyone wants to update the list, please feel free!

Add the ship type, cannon and other pertinent info.

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I hope we can make a master list of all of them and agree with Foxe on adding type of ship and guns she carried. Thank you Daniel and Tartan for the help also. I did not know Condon was Condent makes sense how similar the name is.

Mission's right.

Cut and paste the list from my above post, which IS your list, just spaced different to allow space for ship type, guns, and other relevant info.

The main list should be in post 1 (and a sticky). As that's your list (and a GREAT start, by the way!), add to it.

I'd be glad to be list capt & update it, but . . .

Unless we start a new thread and lock this one, there is no way my post can be the main one. I have no mod powers.

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made alot of updates on ships.

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Very nice! I haven't seen research of this nature really take off on this forum until now. I wish I had focused on the topic so I could add to it.

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I added quite a few also added a Pirate named Lane, Does anyone know his first name he sailed with England describes in detail his boat in Johnson's book?

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That's odd. I thought I posted the name of the Black Joke, commanded by Benito de Soto, but it seems to be gone now. De Soto was a 19th century pirate, though; are we going to include them?

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2 notes:

1)Condent's Flying Dragon and Fiery Dragon are the same boat renamed, not 2. It was destroyed in the same harbor as Kidd's Adventure Galley sank. The expedition looking for Kidd's ship stumbled upon the Dragon too.

Could that entry be:

Christopher Condent/William Condon-

Flying Dragon (later renamed Fiery Dragon) sloop 10 Guns 150 tons

Fiery Dragon (rename of above)

Benito de Soto

Black Joke

2) Thanks for the work!

As Foxe noted in the thread that inspired this one . . .

It is striking how many were actually 20-30 guns, larger than the "classic" sloop.

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made alot of updates on ships.

Your doing a GREAT job! Awesome list, a lot of work and very, very interesting.

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I was trying to keep it around the Golden Age of Piracy thats why, i did not include the Black Joke, I put Dampier in because he had a ship Roebuck during that time.

Thanks

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John Taylor with Cassandra at Portobelo was rechristened by the Spanish with great ceremony.

New name Unknown , was he still a pirate of sorts thereafter? 

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While this list does contain a lot of valid info, it also contains several errors. (I know because I used it in my Surgeon's Quarters article and have received more than a little criticism of the veracity of that content.) Unfortunately, since the information presented here is not properly sourced, the errors cannot be easily identified and thus it is not very valuable if you want to do effective research.

I am working on a list of sourced golden age pirate's ships. I am currently reading through all the court accounts (which is where a lot of the ship info seems to come from), their burthen, men and guns. When I am done with that, I am going to read Ed Fox's Pirates in Their Own Words (and, if it comes out in time, Pirates in Their Own Words II), which contains a variety of period sources not found elsewhere. I also want to go through John Franklin Jameson's Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period, look through the Johnson's General History (which while not actually a primary source has ship data from what I believe are court and newpaper accounts) and Dow & Edmonds The Pirates of the New England Coast (again, not primary, but many of their sources are period newspaper accounts). Once I am finished with all that, I will update my article information so that it contains only sourced ship info. I should note that I am doing that while continuing to write my regular monthly pirate surgeon articles, so it will probably be a year or more before I have this completed. That's the trouble with proper research - it takes time.

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Mission you stated this list contains several errors could you please tell us what errors those are? 

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No, I honestly can't...which is the real problem with the list. It cites no sources, so there's no way to verify it. I used it for an article I wrote several years ago and people occasionally point out errors to me in my list. (This happens sporadically, so I don't remember the complaints. But, one example I do recall: Nicholas Woodall wasn't a pirate and so doesn't belong on the list.)

I have been trying to go through the period sources and create my own list so I can correct the one in my on-line article, but it's a very tedious, time-consuming project because you have to read all the contemporary sources and record mentions of the ships, noting who had them, when they had them, how many men and guns the ship had (which usually changes - sometimes dramatically - during the tenure of ownership) and what type of ship it was. Some of this can be really difficult to figure out because the period documents occasionally identify ships by the wrong name, wrong ship type and wrong captain (or are sometimes given an aliases).

So I wouldn't rely on this list to be accurate.

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