The True & Complete Memoirs of the Pyrate Captain Extraordinaire!
The Illustrious Captain, John ‘Bartholomew’ Roberts
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In June 1696, while the crew was at Madras, Culiford led a mutiny, seizing, the Josiah.
Near the Nicobar Islands, the crew retook the ship, marooning Culiford on the islands. Culiford was rescued by Ralph Stout, captain of, the Mocha. Culiford joined Stout's crew, & when Stout was killed circa 1697 Culiford was elected captain.
Culiford sailed the Mocha for the Strait of Malacca & pursued the British ship Dorrill. When Culiford's crew closed in, the Dorrill opened fire, this act surprised Culiford & his crew. The salvo sheared off the Mocha's mainmast. Culiford retreated to Saint Mary's Island, near Madagascar, plundering several ships en route. At Saint Mary's, Culiford plundered a French ship. His booty came to £2,000. While at Saint Mary's, Culiford also encountered William Kidd. Former grievances forgiven, the two enjoyed each others company, with most of Kidd's crew enlisting with Culiford. Culiford left Saint Mary's in late June, 1698. Shortly after departing Saint Mary's Island, Culiford met up with Dirk Chivers. They joined forces & captured the Great Mohammed in the Red Sea in September of 1698. The Great Mohammed carried £130,000 in cash. While returning to Saint Mary's Island they plundered another ship in Feburary 1699.
While at Saint Mary's Island, four British warships arrived. The pirates were offered a royal pardon, which Culiford accepted.
Culiford went to London. He was arrested & tried for the piracy of, the Great Mohammed, ruling that his pardon wasn't valid. He was saved from hanging because his testimony was needed in the upcoming trial of Samuel Burgess. Following the trial, Culiford disappeared from record. Rumor has it that he next served aboard a naval ship.
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