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Pirate Hunter (Paperback)

The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers

Maritime British History Biographies 18th Century

By Graham A Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781526760777
Published: 19th June 2019



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On 2 August 1708 Captain Woodes Rogers set sail from Bristol with two ships, the Duke and Dutchess, on an epic voyage of circumnavigation that was to make himfamous. His mission was to attack, plunder and pillage Spanish ships wherever he could. And, as Graham Thomas shows in this tense and exciting narrative, after a series of pursuits and sea battles he returned laden with booty and with a reputation as one of the most audacious and shrewd fighting captains of the age. He was then appointed governor of the Bahamas by George I with the task of suppressing the pirates who roamed this corner of the Caribbean and preyed on its shipping. He was equally successful as a privateer and pirate-hunter in an age when brutality and ruthlessness were the law of the sea.

This study of Woodes Rogers is the first modern biography of an extraordinary adventurer. It is fascinating reading.

Captain Woodes Rogers was an adventurer in the Golden Age of Piracy, a name of some familiarity but where few really know much about this real-life seaman and colonial Governor. This book looks closely at the swashbuckling career of a colourful character and the wild times in which he lived – Very Highly Recommended.

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This man's amazing story unfolds through Thomas' deftly worded narrative and Rogers' own journals and letters. This is an absorbing and compelling account of a man often mentioned, but rarely examined in any detail. No study on the Golden Age of Piracy is complete without this title.

Pirates and Privateers - July 2011

A fantastic book and recommended to all readers who like a swashbuckling true story. It is also full of facts and intrigue, I shall start to read it again in case I have missed anything out. Brilliant!!!

The Nautical Magazine - May 2009

About Graham A Thomas

GRAHAM THOMAS is the editor of British Army Review, the journal of military thoughts for the British Army. He has been involved in journalism for most of his working life in one form or another and has written several books on piracy, aviation and military affairs. His latest book is Attack The Scheldt, The Struggle for Antwerp, published by Pen and Sword.

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