Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-
James Ferguson worked as a surgeon aboard the ship "Whydah" commanded by Captain Samuel Bellamy, an English pirate best known as "Black Sam" or "Black Bellamy".
Dr. Ferguson was not actively involved in piracy and he never captured any booty, but curing sick or wounded pirates with the limited medical resources available in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Having Ferguson aboard the Whydah was "advantageous" due to the lack of antibiotics because he simply cut parts of their bodies off, cauterizing the wound with a red hot ax while patients were awake, procedure that was always "better" than just to let them die.
As other people involved with pirates were considered pirates themselves so Dr. Ferguson was usually referred as to just another pirate that deserved to be hanged, especially because Captain Bellamy was one of the most successful pirates in the West Indies. James Ferguson went down with the ship in 1717.