WOMEN OF THE SEA by Lisa A. Olech
In researching my new pirate novel, Within A Captain’s Hold, I was fascinated with the number of female pirates throughout history. These bad-ass, tough-as-hardtack women fought and pillaged throughout the Golden Age of Piracy and beyond. Some captained huge fleets and ruled thousands of men. I’ve based my heroines after several of these captivating women.
Two of the most famous women pirates were Anne Bonney and Mary Reed. Anne could only be described at passionate, violent, and adventurous when she teamed up with her lover Calico Jack to pirate the Caribbean. Soon Mary Reed joined their crew, and the trio was a brutal force until their arrest.
But unlike Calico Jack, neither Anne nor Mary ever hung for their crimes. It is thought that Anne’s wealthy father ransomed her out of prison, and it is believed that she married a Charleston man, raised nine children—two of which had been fathered by Calico Jack—and lived well into her eighties.
Now Mary Reed was probably the most famous cross-dressing pirate.
Her parents dressed her and raised her as a boy, and she live a great deal of her life disguised as a man. She even joined and fought in the army until her ship was captured by Calico Jack and Anne Bonney and she joined their merry crew. Seems she caught the wandering eye of Anne Bonney and her true identity was soon discovered. The two quickly became BFFs! Read More