Pirates have often been dramatised in popular culture: romantic figures, taking to the high seas in search of freedom and treasure.
However, the real-life pirates of the Caribbean often had short careers, meeting with violent ends. We look at what happened to six of them.
Charles Vane was a brazen yet skilled pirate and one of the few who refused to accept the King’s pardon. In one incident – when seemingly cornered by the navy in Nassau – Vane set ablaze his newly commandeered flagship and sailed it directly at the British blockade, providing enough distraction to allow his escape.
However, his luck started to run out after he was voted out of command by his crew, in favour of ‘Calico’ Jack Rackham. Following this incident, Vane’s ship was wrecked in a storm and he was marooned on an uninhabited island.
Upon being rescued, he was identified by the captain of a passing ship who had been invited to dine with Vane’s erstwhile liberator and imprisoned. Vane stood trial in Jamaica and was hanged on 29 March 1721, in Port Royal.