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Famous Male Pirates

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List of famous male pirates, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male pirates list contains the most prominent and top males known for being pirates. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a pirate then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Salih Reis to Benjamin Hornigold.

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


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    Blackbeard
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    Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen ...more

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    • Profession: Pirate
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    Paul Franklin Watson is a Canadian environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group focused on marine conservation. The Toronto native joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing in 1969. He was an early and influential member of Greenpeace, ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Activist
    • Credits: Whale Wars, At the Edge of the World, Sharkwater, Behind the Mask
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    Bartholomew Roberts
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    Bartholomew Roberts, born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, as measured by vessels captured, taking over 470 prizes in his career. He is also known as Black Bart, but ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1682-1722)
    • Birthplace: Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Henry Every
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    Henry Every, also Evory or Avery, sometimes erroneously given as John Avery, was an English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans in the mid-1690s. He likely used several aliases throughout his career, including Henry Bridgeman, and was known as Long Ben to his crewmen and associates.more

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    • Birthplace: Newton Ferrers, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pirate, Sailor
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    Francis Drake
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    Sir Francis Drake, vice admiral was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581. He was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pirate, Politician, Sailor, Buccaneer, Engineer
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    William Dampier
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    William Dampier was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir Walter ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1651-1715)
    • Birthplace: East Coker, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pirate, Sailor
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    Charles Vane
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    Charles Vane was an English pirate who preyed upon English and French shipping. His pirate career lasted from 1716 to 1719. His flagship was a brigantine named the Ranger. Vane was among the pirate captains who operated out of the notorious base at New Providence in the Bahamas known as the "Pirates' ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1680-1721)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Cheung Po Tsai was a 19th-century Chinese pirate. He was also known as Cheung Po/Chang Pao/Zhang Bao. Several places in Hong Kong are linked to Cheung Po Tsai: Cheung Po Tsai Cave, on Cheung Chau island. It is a small cave, said to be the place where he stored his prizes. Cheung Po Tsai built several ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1783-1822)
    • Birthplace: Xinhui District, China
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Thomas Tew
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    Thomas Tew, also known as the Rhode Island Pirate, was a 17th-century English privateer-turned-pirate. Although he embarked on only two major piratical voyages, and met a bloody death on the latter journey, Tew pioneered the route which became known as the Pirate Round. Many other famous pirates, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Maidford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Edward England, born Edward Seegar was a famous African coast and Indian Ocean pirate captain from 1717 to 1720. The ships he sailed on included the Pearl and later the Fancy, for which England exchanged the Pearl in 1720. His flag was the classic Jolly Roger with a skull above two crossed Humerus bones ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ireland
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Robert Culliford was an English pirate from Cornwall who is best remembered for repeatedly checking the designs of Captain William Kidd.more

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    • Profession: Pirate
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    Dirk Chivers was a Dutch pirate active in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean during the 1690s.more

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    • Profession: Pirate
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    Emanuel Wynn was a French pirate of the 18th century, and is often considered the first pirate to fly the Jolly Roger. His design incorporated an hourglass beneath the bones to represent that time was running out. British Admiralty Records, in the Public Records Office in the UK show, in a report dated ...more

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    • Profession: Pirate
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    Stede Bonnet
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    Stede Bonnet was an early 18th-century Barbadian pirate, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" because he was a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. Bonnet was born into a wealthy English family on the island of Barbados, and inherited the family estate after his father's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1688-1718)
    • Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Stenka Razin
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    Stepan Timofeyevich Razin, a Cossack leader, headed a major uprising against the nobility and tsarist bureaucracy in southern Russia.more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1630-1671)
    • Profession: Pirate, Cossack, Rebel
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    Jean Bart
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    Jean Bart was a French naval commander and privateer.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1650-1702)
    • Birthplace: Dunkirk, France
    • Profession: Pirate, Sailor
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    Guillaume Le Testu, sometimes referred to as Guillaume Le TĂȘtu was a French privateer, explorer and navigator. He was one of the foremost cartographers of his time and an author of the Dieppe maps. His maps were distinguished by their sophistication and detail; they influenced generations of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1509-1573)
    • Birthplace: Le Havre, France
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Nathaniel Gordon was the only American slave trader to be tried, convicted, and executed "for being engaged in the Slave Trade," under the Piracy Law of 1820.more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1834-1862)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Pirate
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    Kristoffer Throndsen, posthumously also with the family name Rustung, was a squire, admiral, feudal overlord in Norway and Denmark, privateer captain and pirate. Kristoffer served Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson, the interregnum leader of Norway, in the last years of the Kalmar Union. Kristoffer is ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1500-1565)
    • Birthplace: Kvinnherad, Norway
    • Profession: Navigator, Pirate
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    Jean Fleury was a 16th-century French naval officer and privateer. He is best known for the capture of two out of the three Spanish galleons carrying the Aztec treasure from Mexico to Spain in 1522. This was one of the earliest recorded acts of piracy against the new Spanish Empire and encouraged the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Normandy
    • Profession: Pirate
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