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:-

Pirate justice was not always swift: When, in October 1720, Calico Jack Rackham and his captured crew were brought to the Port Royal jail in Jamaica, Rackham's old captain, pirate Charles Vane, was in a nearby cell. Vane was captured nearly two years prior, but was not tried & convicted until the March following Rackham's demise in November 1720.


Fact of the Day:-

John "Calico Jack" Rackham made a career of plundering small vessels close to shore. This boldness proved to be his undoing.

During the autumn of 1720 he cruised near Jamaica, capturing numerous small fishing vessels, and terrorizing fishermen and women along the northern coastline. During November 1720, he came across a small vessel filled with nine English pirates. Soon after, Rackham's ship was attacked by an armed sloop sent by Governor Nicholas Lawes, and was captured. Rackham and his crew were brought to Jamaica, where he and nearly all of his crew members were sentenced to hang.


Fact of the Day:-

Buried treasure is an important part of the popular beliefs surrounding pirates. According to popular conception, pirates often buried their stolen fortunes in remote places, intending to return for them later, often with the use of treasure maps. However, in reality, the only pirate known to have done this was William Kidd, who is believed to have buried at least some of his wealth on Long Island before sailing into New York. Kidd had originally been commissioned as a privateer for England, but his behaviour had strayed into outright piracy, and he hoped that his treasure could serve as a bargaining chip in negotiations to avoid punishment. His bid was unsuccessful, however, and Kidd was hanged as a pirate.



On This Date In History
25th May in 1660:- Charles II, the exiled king of England, landed at Dover, England, to assume the throne and end 11 years of military rule.