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Date:11/25/2014 5:36:08 PM
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Arrrr...Here comes the tale of a pirate that threw it all away fer the love of a woman! At least she were a Pirate woman! But first, let me introduce to you, the pirate, Calico Jack Rackham.

Jack Rackham started his sailing career as a QuarterMaster on an English warship called the Neptune. The Neptune's captain, Charles Vane, came upon a French man-o-war one day & instead of engaging this ship, he turned tail & ran! The crew was so disgusted that they committed mutiny against Vane & voted Rackham to be their new Captain. Upon doing so, Rackham had them pursue the French vessel in which they successfully brought under their control & it was rich with loot! Having abandoned Captain Vane & all of his followers on a deserted island & having just committed mutiny, Jack Rackham suggested they embark on a pirate's life in which the crew agreed. With the spoils from the French man-o-war, they set their sails for the Leeward Islands

After arriving in Jamaica, he sailed to New Providence in order to claim the amnesty that the King was issuing to certain pirates. As Calico Jack listened & waited for word that his amnesty had been granted, he met & fell in love with a woman named Anne Bonny. She was a married woman. Married to a pirate! As the days went by, Jack Rackham & Anne Bonny grew increasingly closer & making their love for one another public. This only added to the troubles Jack Rackham was about to find himself in. Bonny's husband, James, went to the governor to file charges of adultery. The governor offered Jack Rackham to purchase Anne Bonny, so granting a divorce by purchase but Anne Bonny would not agree to being bought & sold like an animal. The alternative was to be publicly flogged. Taking on the disguise of a man, she & Calico Jack acquired a new crew & stole a sloop. They headed out to sea thus voiding the amnesty that Calico Jack Rackham would have received from the King. For 2 months they sailed, overtaking & attacking other pirates & smaller fishing vessels. Captain Calico Jack would always invite the pirates to join his crew. Many of them did just that!

From this motley crew of deserters, marauders, murderers, & villains, a certain crewman did attract the fancy of Anne Bonny. It was none other than Mary Read who likewise had taken on a life of piracy by disguising herself as a man. Calico Jack became jealous & threatened to kill the new pirate until Anne confessed to him her true identity. Calico Jack agreed to keep her secret & she was one of his crew. Both she & Anne Bonny fought along side those of their crew mates & did the tasks assigned them with no one knowing except for Calico Jack. (Aye, & these were the naves who thought a manatee was a mermaid! Garrrr!)
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