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:-

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:-

The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Barbary Coast War or the Tripolitan War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States of America (briefly joined by a small Swedish fleet) and the North African states known collectively as the Barbary States. These were the independent Sultanate of Morocco, and the three Regencies of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, which were quasi-independent entities nominally belonging to the Ottoman Empire. Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, although nominally governed by the Ottoman Empire, had been largely independent Muslim states since the 17th century. The monarchy of Morocco, which had been under its current government since 1666, was well known by the time of the Barbary Wars for supporting piracy.


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.



On This Date In History
24th May in 1704:- Lieutenant Governor Thomas Povey issued a general warrant for the arrest of pirate John Quelch, the first person to be tried for piracy outside of England under Admiralty Law, and thus without a jury.
24th May in 1819:- Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and empress of India (1876-1901) was born.
24th May in 1995:- - Harold Wilson, former British Prime Minister, died.