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Ahoy, mateys! Set sail on a thrilling adventure with the Pirate Radio ships off the Essex coast

Background imagePirate Collection: Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, Essex coast

Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, Essex coast
The pirate radio ship, Radio Caroline, anchored off the Essex coast near Walton-on-the-Naze, with a boat alongside. circa 1966

Background imagePirate Collection: Pirate Radio ship, Radio London, Essex coast

Pirate Radio ship, Radio London, Essex coast

Background imagePirate Collection: Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Jamaica Inn, a Grade II listed building on Bodmin Moor near Bolventor, Cornwall, built as a coaching inn in 1750. Popular with smugglers

Background imagePirate Collection: Barbary Pirates threatening US commander Stephen Decatur

Barbary Pirates threatening US commander Stephen Decatur
Commodore Stephen Decaturs life saved in a shipboard battle off Algeria. Color lithograph

Background imagePirate Collection: ERROL FLYNN (1909-1959). Australian actor. Flynn in the title role of The Sea Hawk

ERROL FLYNN (1909-1959). Australian actor. Flynn in the title role of The Sea Hawk, a 1940 film based on Rafael Sabatinis novel

Background imagePirate Collection: PIRATES: JOLLY ROGER FLAG. Flag of the English pirate, Stede Bonnet

PIRATES: JOLLY ROGER FLAG. Flag of the English pirate, Stede Bonnet

Background imagePirate Collection: EDWARD TEACH (?-1718). English pirate, known as Blackbeard. Line engraving from A general

EDWARD TEACH (?-1718). English pirate, known as Blackbeard. Line engraving from A general and true history of...highwaymen by Charles Johnson, London, 1742

Background imagePirate Collection: Long John Silver / Parrot

Long John Silver / Parrot
For generations of readers, the archetypal pirate is Long John Silver, the devious and malevolent villain of Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island - parrot and all !

Background imagePirate Collection: John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones
Americans would be indignant to see their gallant naval hero portrayed on the London stage as a PIRATE ! - yet here he is, as acted by Mr Elsgood with bravo galore

Background imagePirate Collection: Grana Uile introduced to Queen Elizabeth, illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol

Grana Uile introduced to Queen Elizabeth, illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol
XJF486361 Grana Uile introduced to Queen Elizabeth, illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol. II, print made by Clayton, published 1794 (engraving) by Beauford

Background imagePirate Collection: PIrate knitting pattern

PIrate knitting pattern
A gay, swashbuckling three-piece to knit for teenagers! The 1950s were a more innocent time

Background imagePirate Collection: Blackbeard & Crew / Pirate

Blackbeard & Crew / Pirate
Blackbeard the Pirate & his jolly buccaneers, including Abdallah, Captain of the Mogul

Background imagePirate Collection: Ship Flying Jolly Roger

Ship Flying Jolly Roger
A typical pirate ship flying the jolly roger flag

Background imagePirate Collection: Divers finding pirates treasure, 1897 (litho) (b / w photo)

Divers finding pirates treasure, 1897 (litho) (b / w photo)
CHT207816 Divers finding pirates treasure, 1897 (litho) (b/w photo) by Austrian School, (19th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imagePirate Collection: Captain Henry Avery, pirate

Captain Henry Avery, pirate
Captain Avery and his crew taking one of the Great Moguls ships. In 1695, pirate Henry Averys (aka Every or Avary) ship, the Fancy

Background imagePirate Collection: Torre des Savinar defence tower with Es Vedra island in the background, Ibiza

Torre des Savinar defence tower with Es Vedra island in the background, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

Background imagePirate Collection: RICHARD WORLEY (c1686-1719). English pirate

RICHARD WORLEY (c1686-1719). English pirate. Worley and his crew fighting the crews of two South Carolina warships, 1719. Aquatint, English, 1820s

Background imagePirate Collection: 1698 William Dampier Pirate Naturalist

1698 William Dampier Pirate Naturalist
1698 William Dampier, naturalist, explorer and buccaneer (August 1651 - March 1715). A posthumous 1787 Copperplate engraving by Charles Sherwin after the 1698 painting by T. Murray

Background imagePirate Collection: WYETH: TREASURE ISLAND. Illustration, 1911, by N. C. Wyeth for Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure

WYETH: TREASURE ISLAND. Illustration, 1911, by N. C. Wyeth for Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island
WYETH: TREASURE ISLAND. Illustration, 1911, by N.C. Wyeth for Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island

Background imagePirate Collection: Pirates capturing a ship

Pirates capturing a ship
Pirates capturing a galleon on the high seas. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Howard Pyle illustration

Background imagePirate Collection: Spanish pirates attacking English merchantmen

Spanish pirates attacking English merchantmen
Spanish ships capturing English ships with supplies for the colonies. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePirate Collection: Merchant ship attacked by Chinese pirates

Merchant ship attacked by Chinese pirates
Chinese pirates attacking a European merchant ship, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePirate Collection: EVRV2A-00216

EVRV2A-00216
Sea fight between the American ship Bonhomme Richard and the British HMS Serapis, 1779. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePirate Collection: Skull and Crossbones - Inverted

Skull and Crossbones - Inverted
The Jolly Roger is the name given to any of various flags flown to identify a ships crew as pirates. The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones

Background imagePirate Collection: Skull and Crossbones

Skull and Crossbones
The Jolly Roger is the name given to any of various flags flown to identify a ships crew as pirates. The flag most usually identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones

Background imagePirate Collection: Pirate Anne Bonny Painting, Stoney Steps, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

Pirate Anne Bonny Painting, Stoney Steps, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

Background imagePirate Collection: Blind Pew, illustration from Treasure Island, 1911 (colour litho)

Blind Pew, illustration from Treasure Island, 1911 (colour litho)
1163351 Blind Pew, illustration from Treasure Island, 1911 (colour litho) by Wyeth, Newell Convers (1882-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePirate Collection: Red vipers bugloss, Echium wildpretii

Red vipers bugloss, Echium wildpretii, and common bugloss, Anchusa officinalis. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt

Background imagePirate Collection: Lupino Lane in Pirates beware, 1928

Lupino Lane in Pirates beware, 1928
SILENT FILM STILL: PIRATES. Lupino Lane in Pirates beware, 1928

Background imagePirate Collection: Pirates treasure map, artwork

Pirates treasure map, artwork

Background imagePirate Collection: SILENT FILM STILL: PIRATES. Lupino Lane in Pirates Beware, 1928

SILENT FILM STILL: PIRATES. Lupino Lane in Pirates Beware, 1928

Background imagePirate Collection: PPIR2A-00058

PPIR2A-00058
Captain Edward Teach, commonly called Blackbeard. Hand-colored woodcut

Background imagePirate Collection: Morgan sacks Panama

Morgan sacks Panama
Admiral Sir Henry Morgan (1635-1688) and his English buccaneers sack the Spanish city of Panama, looting immense wealth and returning to Jamaica a hero

Background imagePirate Collection: Lambro the Pirate

Lambro the Pirate
Mr Dry in the role of Lambro the Pirate

Background imagePirate Collection: John Paul Jones, Pirate

John Paul Jones, Pirate
JOHN PAUL JONES American naval commander, depicted as a pirate

Background imagePirate Collection: Events / Africa / Libya

Events / Africa / Libya
The U.S. wages war on Algerian pirates : Stephen Decaturs life is saved when Reuben James interposes his head between a pirate sword and his commander

Background imagePirate Collection: Ships tied up along the river, Seville, Spain

Ships tied up along the river, Seville, Spain
Vintage 19th century photograph - ships tied up along the river, Seville, Spain

Background imagePirate Collection: Jean Lafitte (coloured engraving)

Jean Lafitte (coloured engraving)
PNP269582 Jean Lafitte (coloured engraving) by Telfer, R. (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jean Lafitte c.1780-c.1826)

Background imagePirate Collection: Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, and carnation, Dianthus caryophyllus. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imagePirate Collection: Common dittany, Cunila mariana, and sweet

Common dittany, Cunila mariana, and sweet basil, Ocimum basilicum. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imagePirate Collection: Wild thyme, Thymus serpyllum, and dittany

Wild thyme, Thymus serpyllum, and dittany of Crete, Origanum dictamnus. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557

Background imagePirate Collection: Cover design, The Queen of the Pirate Isle

Cover design, The Queen of the Pirate Isle, by Bret Harte, illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Showing three children playing on a makeshift sailing boat constructed with a chair

Background imagePirate Collection: G&s / Pirates, India 3

G&s / Pirates, India 3
Young Frederic is reminded of his duty at pistol-point by the Pirate King and Ruth in an amateur production by the British community at Simla, India

Background imagePirate Collection: Captain Roberts

Captain Roberts
BARTHOLOMEW ROBERTS Captain Roberts, the pirate with sword in hand and tricorn hat

Background imagePirate Collection: Captain Edward Teach / Blackbeard

Captain Edward Teach / Blackbeard
3784122 Captain Edward Teach / Blackbeard; (add.info.: Pirate Edward Teach (Thatch, born Edward Drummond), commonly known as Blackbeard

Background imagePirate Collection: Captain Edward Teach / Blackbeard

Captain Edward Teach / Blackbeard
3784937 Captain Edward Teach / Blackbeard; (add.info.: Pirate Edward Teach (Thatch, born Edward Drummond), commonly known as Blackbeard

Background imagePirate Collection: Fleet of Chinese junks, with H.M.S. Opossum, preparing to attack pirates at How-Chow, 1865

Fleet of Chinese junks, with H.M.S. Opossum, preparing to attack pirates at How-Chow, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Fleet of Chinese junks, with H.M.S. Opossum, preparing to attack pirates at How-Chow, 1865. 'It was lately mentioned in our Journal that the pirates who infest the China seas have during the past

Background imagePirate Collection: Neon Halloween Skull

Neon Halloween Skull
Sarah Manovski



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Ahoy, mateys! Set sail on a thrilling adventure with the Pirate Radio ships off the Essex coast. From Radio Caroline to Radio London, these renegade broadcasters brought rebellious tunes to eager listeners. Venture further down south and find yourself at Jamaica Inn, nestled in the haunting Bodmin Moor of Cornwall. This infamous inn was once a haven for smugglers and pirates alike, shrouded in mystery and tales of treachery. Speaking of treachery, let's not forget the Barbary Pirates who threatened none other than US commander Stephen Decatur. These fearsome raiders struck fear into the hearts of sailors across the seas. But not all pirates were ruthless marauders; some had hidden talents like knitting. Yes, you heard it right - there's even a pirate knitting pattern out there for those crafty buccaneers looking to add some flair to their wardrobe. Intrigue reaches new heights as Grana Uile is introduced to Queen Elizabeth herself. This illustration from Anthologia Hibernica vol captures the moment when Irish piracy takes center stage in royal courts. Now let's delve into history with Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard - an English pirate whose fearsome reputation still echoes through time. His line engraving from A general and true history of. . highwaymen by Charles Johnson showcases his menacing presence. And who can forget Errol Flynn? The dashing Australian actor immortalized swashbuckling adventures on screen, most notably in The Sea Hawk where he took on the role of a charismatic pirate captain. Of course, no discussion about pirates would be complete without mentioning their iconic Jolly Roger flag flown high by Stede Bonnet himself - a symbol that struck terror into victims' hearts wherever it was seen. Long John Silver with his parrot perched upon his shoulder remains one of literature's most memorable characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, forever etched in our imaginations.