There was a time in history when piracy became so rampant that several trading ships, which ferried huge amount of treasures and valuable goods, were plundered by the most skillful pirates the world has ever known. This particular period, known as the Golden Age of Piracy, threatened international trading from 1680 until 1725. Within that span of time, pirates such as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, and Calico Jack gained notorious reputations for successfully overpowering not only trading ships, but also naval military forces, which cemented their legacy in piracy.
One of the factors that made them daunting was their legendary flagships, which they skillfully outfitted not only to withstand the roaring waves of the world’s fiercest oceans, but also to vanquish their naval enemies through the barrel of their powerful cannons. These ships were so feared that they remind you of Captain Jack Sparrow’s legendary “Black Pearl” in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Now let us get ready to sail as we look back at some of the most fearsome pirate ships in the history of mankind.
10. Adventure Galley
The Adventure Galley is perhaps the most unfortunate, yet feared ship in the history of piracy. It was a daunting 284-ton vessel equipped with 34 guns, whose original objective was to hunt down the pirates and French vessels that sailed the high seas of the Indian Ocean. It boarded a crew of 150 men, led by Captain William Kidd, a successful privateer who allegedly committed piracy.
The Adventure Galley’s journey started when Captain Kidd, along with his crew, left New York on September 6, 1696 for a pirate-hunting expedition commissioned by the English government. The voyage, however, did not turn out well for the ship or its captain, as both were destined to rot. During Captain Kidd’s expedition, the ship had developed a rotten hull, which prompted Kidd to attack and take the Quedah Merchant, a French trading vessel carrying silk, muslins, calico, sugar, opium, iron, and saltpeter. He later called his new ship Adventure Prize after abandoning the Adventure Galley off the coast of Madagascar in January 1698. His actions, however, were deemed as acts of piracy, which led to his hanging on May 23, 1701 in London. His corpse was left to rot at the mouth of the Thames River to warn and discourage those who wanted to commit piracy.