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:-

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.

Fact of the Day:-

Peter Easton (c. 1570 – 1620 or after), a pirate in the early 17th century, had been a loyal servant of the English Crown whose ancestors had served in the Crusades. The Eastons also distinguished themselves against the Spanish Armada.

In 1602, Easton was in command of a convoy as a privateer with a commission from Queen Elizabeth I, to protect the Newfoundland fishing fleet. During these times, fishing vessels would carry arms and small cannons to protect the valuable cargo of fish from pirates and foreign vessels. Under his commission he could legally press-gang local fishermen into service for him. He could also attack the ships and wharves of the enemy as much as he wished, especially the much hated Spanish.

Peter Easton's flagship was the Happy Adventure from which he flew the St. George's Cross at the masthead.

Fact of the Day:-

John Evans (died c. 1723) was a Welsh pirate who had a short but successful career in the Caribbean. Evans was the master of a sloop operating from the island of Nevis until he lost his employment there. For a while he found employment as a mate of ships sailing from Jamaica. This was a time when there was a surplus of seamen, so that wages were low and berths scarce, and towards the end of September 1722 Evans and a few friends decided to try their luck at pirating. They started by leaving Port Royal in Jamaica in a rowing boat and going ashore on the north side of the island to raid some houses.

On This Date In History
26th September in 1580:- The Golden Hind sailed into Plymouth with Francis Drake and 59 crew aboard, along with a rich cargo of spices and captured Spanish treasures. The Queen's half-share of the cargo surpassed the rest of the crown's income for that entire year. Drake was hailed as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the Earth (and the second such voyage arriving with at least one ship intact, after Elcano's in 1520).