As a seafaring nation, Britain has a long history of people who spend time exploring the seas. Although nowadays, sailing is a lot different to how it was centuries ago, many people are still keen to experience and learn more about it, and will do a course like this day skipper course www.solentboattraining.co.uk/rya-sailing-courses/rya-day-skipper-practical-sailing to enable them to enjoy spending time out at sea.
As well as the heroic deeds out at sea, another famed type of seafarer that knew how to sail were of course the pirates. There are lots of British pirates that have gone down in history – here are some of them…
Blackbeard – The most famous pirate of them all, Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach), Blackbeard struck fear into the hearts of anyone unfortunate enough to come across him. A cunning pirate who formed alliances with others, he was finally defeated after an eighteen month rampage by a British naval ship.
Black Sam – Sam Bellamy came from a small Dartmoor village and was renowned for being a more gentlemanly pirate than many of the others, and also was the creator of the famous Jolly Roger emblem – the skull face with the two crossed swords beneath it. He died at just twenty eight in a bad storm at sea.
Long Ben – Henry Avery as he was also known started out sailing for the country as part of the naval fleet before tiring of it and leading a mutiny onboard a vessel after an argument about wages. What became of him after is a mystery – he spent some time all over the world but it is not known what happened in the end.