Expert treasure hunter, W.C. Jameson introduces yet another intriguing collection of pirate tales featuring swashbuckling cutthroats, lost buried treasures, and sunken ships. Pirate stories have long been enshrouded with a sense of mystery and danger. Pop culture has romanticized the risky exploits of pirates to the point that they often seem more like super-heroes from an action movie, than outlaws who terrorized shipping lanes and seaports along the Atlantic Coast.
Similar to rustlers and gunslingers in the old west, pirates were truly the outlaws of the high seas. Instead of riding horses, they sailed ships. Instead of preying on trains, isolated ranches or small town banks, they attacked merchant ships and coastal communities. In the process they sometimes accumulated an astounding measure of wealth in the form of precious stones, priceless jewels, gold and silver coins along with other valuables.
One thing is for sure, a pirate’s life was almost too unpredictable and chaotic to fully comprehend: cursed caches of riches, cutthroats turned insane by their insatiable greed for riches, bloody battles at sea and long-lost buried treasure all play a prominent role in these tales. You’ll get to know familiar pirates like Blackbeard and Calico Jack, along with new faces like the Lafitte brothers who fenced stolen goods, as well as the infamous Mary Anne Townsend, a lady pirate who stood several inches taller than her crew, along with the notorious pirate captain, “Bloody” Tew.
Many pirates chose the dangerous life of a buccaneer over a harsh life of servitude that held little hope for advancement. The notion of living a life of freedom and adventure on the high seas along with the promise of accumulating incredible wealth was a captivating dream that appealed to many people who found themselves in desperate straits with few opportunities. Although the risks were high, the rewards often more than compensated for a life spent on the lam, evading the authorities.
Jameson’s richly, detailed narratives transport readers to another time in our history when people were struggling to build a life in the “New World”. With detailed accounts of each pirate’s exploits, readers will find themselves deeply immersed in the settings and the colorful lifestyles and eccentric personalities of these unique characters. So hop on board, hoist the sails, and prepare for an exciting journey to explore the swashbuckling lives of some of the most fascinating pirates in history.
|Publisher:||August House Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 14 Years|
About the Author
W.C. Jameson is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than seventy books and over 1,500 articles and essays. In addition, he is an accomplished songwriter and performer, having recorded five albums of his original music and acted in five films. He has written the soundtracks for four films, and wrote and performed in the musical, “Whatever Happened to the Outlaw, Jesse James?”
Jameson recognized as the best-selling treasure author in the world, as well as one of the world's foremost experts on buried treasurers. Perhaps he is known best, as the creator of the popular Buried Treasures of America series for August House. His success and fame as a professional treasure hunter has led to appearances on television's “Unsolved Mysteries,” the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, Nightline, and National Public Radio. He also consulted with the production team for the highly successful feature film, “National Treasure,” starring Nicholas Cage.
One of Jameson's most popular and controversial books is Billy the Kid: Beyond the Grave. It presents stunning evidence that the famous outlaw, Billy the Kid, was not killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881 but went on to live an adventurous and productive life for the next sixty-nine years.
Jameson has won numerous awards for his writing from a number of professional associations. As a popular, award-winning author, he has served as a judge for several prestigious literary competitions. When not on an expedition hunting for lost treasure or writing a book, Jameson tours the country performing his music at folk festivals, colleges and universities, concert halls, and roadhouses
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Introduction • Blackbeard and the White Island Treasure • Pirate Harry Thompson and the Machias Bay Treasure • Edward Lowe and the Pond Island Treasure • Pirates Bartholomew Roberts and Richard Kennedy and the Golden Crucifix Treasure • Pirate John Quelch and His Lust for Gold • Pirate Sandy Gordon and the White Island Treasure • Arthur Doane’s Discovery of Pirate Treasure in Massachusetts • The Mystery of the Byfield Treasure • The Lost Gold of Bloody Tew • Joseph Bradish’s Block Island Treasure Cache • Pirate David Marteen and the Treasure of Gold Coins • Pirate Charles Gibb’s and the Barron’s Island Treasure Cache • Joseph Bradish’s Long Island Treasure Cache • The Stone Harbor Treasure • Captain Kidd and the Millsboro Treasure • William Neub’s Buried Treasure • Captain Charles Morgan and the Secret Tunnel Treasure • Pirate Charles Wilson’s Lost Treasure • Blackbeard’s South Carolina Treasure Cache • Mary Anne Townsend, Lady Pirate • Blackbeard’s Georgia Treasure • Pirate Louis Michel-Aury and the Amelia Island Treasure Cache • More Treasures of Louis Michel-Aury • The Adventures of Billy Bowlegs • Gasparilla • Calico Jack • Captain Henry Ross and the Ross Island Treasure • Pirate Brubaker • Jan Van 'ss and the Treasure of Cudjoe Key • Black Caesar • Jean Lafitte • Jean Lafitte and the Neches River Treasure • Buried Pirate Treasure on the Oregon Coast Selected Bibliography Acknowledgements About the Author