Long John Silver Trust




Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-

Around 1603 John Ward or Birdy (c. 1553-1622) was pressed in to the Royal Navy where he was placed into the Channel Squadron and served aboard a ship named the Lion's Whelp. After two weeks he and a group of about 30 of his colleagues deserted, stole a small 25-tonne barque, from Portsmouth Harbour, and sailed to the Isle of Wight and captured another ship, the Violet, a ship rumoured to be carrying the treasure of Catholic refugees. However, the ship turned out to be empty of treasure, but the enterprising Ward used her to cunningly capture a much larger French ship.


Fact of the Day:-

John Ward or Birdy (c. 1553-1622), also known as Jack Ward and under his Muslim name Yusuf Reis, was a notorious English pirate around the turn of the 17th century who later became a Barbary Corsair operating out of Tunis during the early 1600s.


Fact of the Day:-

The Barbary Corsairs, sometimes called Ottoman Corsairs or Barbary Pirates, were Muslim pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa from the time of the Crusades (11th century) until the early 19th century. Based in North African ports such as Tunis, Tripoli, Algiers, Salé, and other ports in Morocco, they sailed mainly along the stretch of northern Africa known as the Barbary Coast.



On This Date In History
28th July in 1540:- King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.