Great Pirate Stories

Joseph Lewis French (1858 - 1936)

Piracy embodies the romance of the sea at its highest expression. It is a sad but inevitable commentary on our civilization, that, so far as the sea is concerned, it has developed from its infancy down to a century or so ago, under one phase or another of piracy. If men were savages on land they were doubly so at sea, and all the years of maritime adventure--years that added to the map of the world till there was little left to discover--could not wholly eradicate the piratical germ. It went out gradually with the settlement and ordering of the far-flung British colonies. Great Britain, foremost of sea powers, must be credited with doing more both directly and indirectly for the abolition of crime and disorder on the high seas than any other force. But the conquest was not complete till the advent of steam which chased the sea-rover into the farthest corners of his domain. It is said that he survives even today in certain spots in the Chinese waters,--but he is certainly an innocuous relic. A pirate of any sort would be as great a curiosity today if he could be caught and exhibited as a fabulous monster. (Summary from text)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Forward James Christopher
Play 01 01 - The Piccaroon Tysto
Play 02 02 - The Capture of Panama ontheroad
Play 03 03 - The Malay Proas Ian Hatley
Play 04 04 - The Wonderful Fight of the Exchange of Bristol with the Pirates of Algiers Patrick McHaffie
Play 05 05 - The Daughter of the Great Mogul wendy
Play 06 06 - Barbarossa - King of the Corsairs Marian Martin
Play 07 07 - Morgan at Puerto Bello Varra Unreal
Play 08 08 - The Ways of the Buccaneers Esther
Play 09 09 - A True Account of Three Notorious Pirates, Part 1 Tysto
Play 10 10 - A True Account of Three Notorious Pirates, Part 2 Tysto
Play 11 11 - A True Account of Three Notorious Pirates, Part 3 Timothy Ferguson
Play 12 12 - Narrative of the Capture of the Ship Derby Patrick McHaffie
Play 13 13 - Francis Lolonois the Slave Who Became a Pirate King Patrick McHaffie
Play 14 14 - The Fight between the Dorrill and the Moca Ernest
Play 15 15 - Jaddi the Malay Pirate Varra Unreal
Play 16 16 - The Terrible Ladrones Marian Martin
Play 17 17 - The Female Captive Ransom
Play 18 18 - The Passing of Mogul Mackenzie Patrick McHaffie
Play 19 19 - The Last of the Sea-Rovers James Christopher