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Famous Female Pirates

List of famous female pirates, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female pirates list contains the most prominent and top females known for being pirates. There are thousand of females working as pirates in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic pirates have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a pirate then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from Mary Read to Anne Dieu-Le-Veut.

While this isn't a list of all female pirates, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female pirates?" and "Who are the best female pirates?"

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    Anne Bonny was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. What little is known of her life comes largely from Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1698-1782)
    • Birthplace: Kinsale, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century. She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Cheng's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000— men, women, and even children. She ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1785-1844)
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm née Hammar, was a Swedish privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 37 (1692-1729)
    • Birthplace: Sweden
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Mary Read a.k.a. Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time; they are the only two women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1685-1721)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Anne Dieu-Le-Veut also called Marie-Anne or Marianne was a French Pirate. Alongside Jaquotte Delahaye, she was one of very few female Buccaneers. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: France
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Awilda, also known as Alwilda, was a female pirate. The story of Awilda is doubted by some historical scholars and considered to be a legend. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Pirate
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    Jacquotte Delahaye, was a French pirate, or buccaneer, active in the Caribbean sea. Alongside Anne Dieu-Le-Veut, she was one of very few female buccaneers. Jacquotte Delahaye reportedly came from Saint-Domingue in present day Haiti, and was the daughter of a French father and a Haitian mother. Her ... more on Wikipedia
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    Charlotte de Berry was a female pirate captain. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Sister Ping

    Cheng Chui Ping, also known as Sister Ping, ran a notorious Chinese human smuggling operation from New York City and Hong Kong from 1984 until 2000, when she was arrested in Hong Kong, extradited back to the United States, and held in U.S. Federal prison until her death in April 2014. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 65 (1949-2014)
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Maria Lindsey Cobham

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    Eric Cobham a pirate in the early 18th century who with his wife, Maria Lindsey, practiced piracy in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from their base in Newfoundland. They were both born in England – Eric Cobham from Poole and Maria Lindsey from Plymouth. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Pirate
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