Pirates of New England

Ruthless Raiders and Rotten Renegades

Book Description

Tales of swashbuckling adventure, murder, treachery, and mayhem!

One would be mistaken to think of pirates as roaming only the Caribbean. Pirates as famous as William Kidd and Henry Every have at various times plundered, pillaged, and murdered their way up and down the New England seaboard, striking fear among local merchants and incurring the wrath of colonial authorities.
Piracy historian Gail Selinger brings these tales of mayhem and villainy to life while also exploring why New England became such a breeding ground for high seas crime and how the view of piracy changed over time, from winking toleration to brutal crackdown. Included in this volume are:


  • Ned Low’s sadistic—at times cannibalistic—reign of terror on the high seas and his mysterious disappearance.
  • John Quelch’s defiant and unapologetic proclamations before being hanged in front of Boston’s crowds.
  • Henry Every’s daring attack on the Grand Mogul’s fleet, widely considered the largest maritime heist in history.
  • Pirates of New England opens up new chapters in the history of piracy, ones that you’ll come back to again and again—Welcome aboard!

    About Selinger, Gail

    Gail Selinger is a maritime historian and pirate expert who served as a consultant on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels: Pirate Tech. Her commentary appears on the DVDs of The Princess Bride and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates and lectures on pirates and pirate history. She lives in Redlands, California.