Feb 102012

In an extraordinary 30-month reign of terror, Bartholomew Roberts captured more than 400 vessels – making him one of the most ‘successful’ pirates of his era.

Born in South Wales in 1682, he earned the alias Black Bart after leading a murderous night raid on Principe, off the West African coast.

Despite his many torture and killing sprees, Roberts was renowned for only drinking tea. He had a penchant for fine clothes, too, which he adorned with a large diamond encrusted gold cross.

He finally came to grief on this day February 10, 1722, mortally wounded by a broadside from English man-‘o-war HMS Swallow, which reputedly ripped out his throat.

Black Bart is one of the notorious pirates featured on a popular Perth Mint $1 coin series aimed at young collectors.

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Aug 252011

A team of U.S. archaeologists believe they have uncovered the flagship of 17th century pirate Sir Henry Morgan.

Born in Wales around 1635, Morgan was in fact a privateer who had the backing of the English crown to plunder wealthy Spanish cities in the Americas.

His actions gained him the reputation of a barbarous pirate who engaged in the use of much cruelty and torture.

The Satisfaction was one of five vessels in Morgan’s fleet that sank 340 year ago during a raid to capture the fort known as Castillo de San Lorenzo, near Panama City.

After months of digging in mud and sand, the archaeologists from Texas State University have uncovered roughly 50 feet of her starboard side, along with numerous unopened cargo boxes and several chests.

Morgan is one of five notorious seafaring raiders featured by The Perth Mint on its popular series of Young Collectors $1 Pirate coins. The others are William Kidd, Calico Jack, Black Bart, and Blackbeard, whose ship Queen Anne’s Revenge was recently found off the coast of North Carolina.