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The Illustrious Captain, John ‘Bartholomew’ Roberts
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Chivers sailed in consort with John Hoar taking two East India Company ships. The two captured ships were ransomed. When the governor of Aden refused to pay the ransom, the ships were burned. One of the captives from the seized vessels was Captain Sawbridge. Sawbridge's constant complaining provoked Chiver's crew into sewing up the man's lips with a sail needle.
In November 1696, Chivers sailed into the harbour at Calcutta. He seized 4 ships with their crews & demanded £10,000 random for their return. Chivers sent the following message to governor stating: "We acknowledge no country, having sold our own and as we are sure to be hanged if taken, we shall have no scruple in murdering and destroying if our demands are not granted in full."
Not swayed by Chivers threat, the governor sent 10 Indian ships. When they sailed into the harbor, Chivers fled, heading for Saint Mary's Island to make repairs & arrived in the summer of 1697.
Chivers captured the Sedgwick, an English ship, in April 1698. The captain of the Sedgwick was very persuasive & Chivers’ crew let him keep his ship after he supplied them with rum.
That September, Chivers joined forces Robert Culiford. Together they captured the Great Mohammed & £130,000. Chivers took command of the new ship & renamed her the New Soldado. Chivers returned to Saint Mary's Island. When 4 British battleships arrived at Saint Mary's in September 1699, Chivers sunk the New Soldado in the harbor to block the passage. Chivers was offered a royal pardon which he accepted & returned home on the merchantman Vine.
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