The True & Complete Memoirs of the Pyrate Captain Extraordinaire!
The Illustrious Captain, John ‘Bartholomew’ Roberts
The Most Successful Pyrate of ALL Time!
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In 1705 he received a new commission & turned pirate. He sailed to Madagascar in command of the Charles, which had 10 guns.
In late 1706, he was disposed by his crew who thought him to be a coward after refusing to fire upon a larger Dutch ship in the Indian Ocean. His crew was convinced the ship was nothing more than a merchantman. Halsey's intuition was correct however for the Dutch ship turned on the Charles & fired. Afterwards, Halsey was reinstated as captain.
Next in February, 1707 Halsey seized two coastal traders at the Nicobar Islands. Then Halsey sailed to the Straits of Malacca. He found little success there, as his crew was now afraid to fire upon any ship larger than their own after the encounter with the Dutch ship.
At Madagascar Halsey picked up more crew & Nathaniel North became Quarter-Master. While visiting Mocha in the Red Sea, August, 1707, Halsey encountered a British squadron of five ships with a total of 62 guns. Halsey displaying immense courage & attacked the squadron. The largest of the British ships fled & the others scattered in all directions. Halsey captured two of the ships, taking £50,000 in cash and cargo.
In January, 1708, Halsey returned to Madagascar. A hurricane struck & destroyed his ships. Halsey was sick with a fever & died soon after. He was buried with great ceremony.
Of the ceremony, Daniel Defoe quotes: "He was brave in his Person, courteous to all his Prisoners, lived beloved, and died regretted by his own People. His Grave was made in a Garden of Water Melons, and fenced in with Pallisades to prevent his being rooted up by wild Hogs."
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