There be Pirates!

Whether it be the sight of black sails of the Black Pearl upon the horizon or the roaring sound of the amphibious landing craft Moby Duck storming Alki Beach, pirates throughout history have been feared and romanticized by myth and legend. And once again, the most famous Pirates in Seattle return for the yearly storming of Alki Beach for the enjoyment of the thousands who come to be entertained.

The Seafair Pirates first banded together in 1949 to promote Seattle and everything Seafair while serving the community with appearances in hospitals and nursing homes. Despite the emphasis of Seafair during the summer months, the Pirates make appearances at charity events, parades, and fundraisers year round.

While Seattle’s Pirates may have a tame and charitable history, there are many tales of swashbuckling and plundering to be had.  Take a look at a couple of these titles in our collection.

The History of PiratesThe History of Pirates by Dr. Angus Konstam
A wonderful chronicle of thievery, murder, and torture on the high seas, all in a beautiful oversize book. It represents a thorough, authoritative, and memorable portrait of the fascinating world of pirates. Detailed maps bear vivid testimony to the far-ranging exploits of these capricious, often charismatic, and frequently bloodthirsty robbers of the high seas.


Outlaws of the AtlanticOutlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and the Motley Crews in the Age of Sail by Marcus Rediker
An award-winning historian takes a fresh look at maritime history by flipping the narrative. Tales of maritime adventure are told not by admirals and merchants, but through the viewpoint of sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates and other commoners. Readers will gain a new perspective on the heroes and criminals in this extraordinary history of ordinary men during the Age of Sail.


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