Major Stede Bonnet

Middle-aged and a retired soldier, Bonnet was an unlikely pirate. Yet he bought a sloop, armed it with 10 guns, and hired a crew of about 60 men. Then he sailed to the east coast of America and embarked on the life of a pirate. At one point he even teamed up briefly with Blackbeard. Bonnet was sometimes known as the Gentleman Pirate. Get more pirate facts at the pirates of the golden age slideshow!

Major Stede Bonnet on a ship, shown in an engraved print

Charles Johnson