Sorry, all -- with a couple of people gone over the holiday weekend, it seemed better to halt things so as not to give away any details of who has what role. But we shall, with any luck, start up again quite soon! In the meantime:
More fun pirate facts
One of the richest pirates ever also had one of the shortest careers. Black Bart, born John Roberts in Wales in 1682, took to piracy late, at 37, when the merchant ship he served on was captured by pirates. Given the option to join the pirates, he did so reluctantly, but soon found he had both the skill and the taste for the job. Voted captain after just six weeks, on the death of the previous captain, he quickly became one of the most feared pirates in the Caribbean, and when he was known to be in the area, other ships would refuse to sail.
He was almost fearless in his escapades, rarely passing up a ship in favour of an easier target, as his contemporaries often did. One ship alone netted him some 40,000 pounds in gold and jewels, at a time when one could rent a good house in London for just 10 pounds a year, and a carpenter might earn about 39 pounds a year. Roughly speaking, that one haul was worth, in today's money, approximately 6 million pounds, or $9.8 million U.S. dollars.
But though his fame and skill burned brightly, they also burned briefly. Just four years after he began his second, daring career, he was killed by grapeshot during a skirmish with the H.M.S. Swallow. His crew, obeying his last wish, weighted down his body and buried him at sea, so that the captain of the Swallow would not have the pleasure of displaying the infamous Black Bart's corpse.