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A Collection of Pirate Treasures for All

I was recently asked about the books that I had read as inspiration and for information about the nautical and pirate stuff that I write. Here are some of the books and webpages that have led me to the twisted paths that I write upon. This is by no means a complete list and it doesn't even touch upon the wealth of material available in film. That's an entirely different post for a different day. There's a little in the way of fiction in the list below, most of what is below falls in the realm of non-fiction. It's an old salt, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Enjoy fellow bookworms. ;)

A Pirate Bibliography/Webography/Suggested Reading List

Abbott, John Stevens C., The Buccaneer Chiefs; or, Captain Kidd and the Pirates of America, Oxford Press, 1880.

Anderson, R. C. The Rigging of Ships in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast 1600-1720. Salem, MA: Marine Research Society, 1927. Print.

"Army and the Military Ranks – The Kapıkulu Corps and Janissaries" TheOttomans.Org, 2002. Web. 01 Feb. 2015. <>

Ashley, Clifford W. The Yankee Whaler. Garden City, NY: Halcyon House, 1942. Print.

Biddlecombe, George, The Art of Rigging, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1990.

Breverton, Terry, The Pirate Dictionary, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, 2006.

Burgess, Jr., Douglas R., The Pirates' Pact: The Secret Alliance Between History's Most Notorious Buccaneers and Colonial America, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2009.

Carpenter, John Reeve, Pirates: Scourge of the Seas, Barnes and Noble, New York, 2006.

Crichton, Michael. Pirate Latitudes: A Novel. New York: Harper, 2009. Print.

"Chinese Pirates." The Chinese Repository 3rd Volume (n.d.): 62-81. The China Story. Austrailian Centre on China in the World at the Austrailian National University at Canberra. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. <>.

Cordingly, David, Consulting Editor, Pirates: Terror on the High Seas from the Caribbean to the South China Sea, World Publications Group, Inc., 2006.

Crichton, Michael. Pirate Latitudes: A Novel. New York: Harper, 2009. Print.

Culver, Henry B., and Gordon Grant. The Book of Old Ships: From Egyptian Galleys to Clipper Ships. New York: Dover, 1992. Print.

Czytko, Dr. Michael. "Ship Model Arabian Chebec." Ship Model Arabian Chebec., 2000. Web. 09 Jan. 2015. <,_arabisch/Chebec_arabian.htm>.

Dampier, William, and John Masefield. Dampier's Voyages ; Consisting of a New Voyage round the World, a Supplement to the Voyage round the World, Two Voyages to Campeachy, a Discourse of Winds, a Voyage to New Holland, and a Vindication, in Answer to the Chimerical Relation of William Funnell. London: E. Grant Richards, 1906. Print.

Davis, Charles G. The Ship Model Builder's Assistant. Salem, MA: Marine Research Society, 1926. Print.

Davis, Robert. "British Slaves on the Barbary Coast." BBC History. BBC, 17 Feb. 2011. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <>.

Defoe, Daniel, A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, Carroll and Graf Publishers, New York, 1999.

Ding, Jin, Chaojian Shi, and Adam Weintrit. "Zheng He's Sailing to West Ocean." Coordinates : A Resource on Positioning, Navigation and beyond » Blog Archive ». Centre for Geo-Information Technologies (cGIT), Sept. 2007. Web. 1 Dec. 2014. <’s-sailing-to-west-ocean/all/1/>.

Dow, George Francis. Whale Ships and Whaling: A Pictorial History. New York: Dover Publications, 1985. Print.

Editors of “No Quarter Given”, The Pyrate Primer, No Quarter Given, Riverside CA, 1997.

Esqr, Darcy Lever, and G. W. Blunt. The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor: Or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship. New York: E. & G.W. Blunt, 1843. Print.

Exquemelin, Alexandre O., The History of the Buccaneers of America 5th Edition, T. Evans Company, London, 1774. Print.

"Food in Malta." Web log post. Maltese History Heritage Blog. VASALLOMALTA.COM, Mar. 2014. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. <>.

Fuson, Robert H., Translator, The Log of Christopher Columbus, International Marine Publishing Company, Camden Maine, 1987. Print.

Gilkerson, William, Boarders Away, Vol. I: With Steel, N.p.:Andrew Mowbray Pub., 1994. Print.

Grant, Gordon. Greasy Luck: A Whaling Sketchbook. N.p.: Dover Publications, 2013. Print.

Kemp, P. K. and Lloyd, Christopher, Brethren of the Coast: Buccaneers of the South Seas, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1960.

Lambert, Tim. "A BRIEF HISTORY OF FOOD." A History of Food. A World History Encyclopedia, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. <>.

Livingston, M. Georgia, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure Island. New York: Globe Book, 1948. Print.

"Longship." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Jan. 2015. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

Marx, Robert F., and Marx, Jenifer, The World's Richest Wrecks, RAM Books, 2009.

Powers, Tim. On Stranger Tides. New York: Ace, 1987. Print.

Pringle, Patrick, Jolly Roger: The Story of the Great Age of Piracy, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 1953.

Republic of Turkey. Ministry of Culture and Tourism. On Drinking and Eating in the Daily Life During the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire. REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, 2005. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. <,31930/on-drinking-and-eating-in-the-daily-life.html>.

Rose, Jamaica. "Buccaneer Cuisine of the Caribbean Or "Is That a Turtle I Smell Cookin?" No Quarter Given Sept. 1997: 29. Print.

Sabatini, Rafael, and E.F Dodd. Captain Blood. London: Macmillan, 1964. Print.

Short, William R. "Hurstwic: Viking Raids." Hurstwic: Viking Raids. Hurstwic LLC, June 1999. Web. 11 Jan. 2015. <>.

Summers, Mark, and John Baur. "Avast, Me Hearties!" Welcome to the Official Site for Talk Like A Pirate Day. PEAK Internet Services, 2002. Web.<>.

"The History of Chinese Imperial Food." The History of Chinese Imperial Food., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2014. <>.

"The Vikings." Ships, Seafarers & Life at Sea. Royal Museum at Greenwich, 2014. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <>.

Vallar, Cindy. "Oh To Be a Pirate." Pirates & Privateers: The History of Maritime Piracy - Pirate Life. N.p., 2001. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <>.

Viking Boat in England? Perf. Professor Stephen Harding. 2007. YouTube. BBC News, 9 Oct. 2007. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

Wheeler, Richard, In Pirate Waters, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1969.

Wilczynski, Krzysztof. "Pirates Fact and Legend." Pirates Fact and Legend. Private Page, 1996. Web. <>.

Williams, Jeffrey. Pirate Spirit: The Adventures of Anne Bonney. N.p.: Gardners, 2007. Print.

Zacks, Richard. The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd. New York: Theia, 2002. Print.

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