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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Pirates
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Pirates
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Pirates
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Pirates
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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: Devon, West Devon, Eurasia, South West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Pirate, Politician, Sailor, Buccaneer, Engineer
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    William Dampier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Pirates
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Pirates
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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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