These wooden plaques depict famous pirates from the Golden Age of piracy, and their famous flag ships.Captain Samuel Bellamy (c. February 23, 1689 – April 26, 1717), better known as "Black Sam" Bellamy, was an English pirate who began his pirate career as a crew member of captain Benjamin Hornigold, (c.1680-1719) who commanded the Marianne with his first mate, the soon to become famous Edward "Blackbeard" Teach. Bellamy’s career as a pirate captain lasted little more than a year, but in that time he and his crew captured at least 53 ships, making him the wealthiest pirate in recorded history. Called "Black Sam" in Cape Cod folklore because he eschewed the fashionable powdered wig in favor of tying back his long black hair with a simple band, Bellamy became known for his mercy and generosity toward those he captured on his raids. This reputation earned him another nickname, the "Prince of Pirates". He likened himself to Robin Hood, with his crew calling themselves ‘Robin Hood's Men’. Original illustration.
'The Whydah'. Black Sam Bellamy
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"