When pirate Stede Bonnet and his crew were anchored in a creek off the Pirate Pug beard shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater Cape Fear River in 1718, they did not look over their shoulders. They should be.
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In many ways, the boards were Bonnet enabled, and he didn’t even know it yet. A rich man who once chose to plunder and loot suspicious ships at sea, Bonnet is now cornered by an agent of the British crown, endowed with the power to take down down the last “Gentlemen Pirate”.
But he knew Bonnet would never go quietly without a fight. As the sun rises, predators and prey rush towards each other, guns and cannons poised for an inevitable bash. For Bonnet, this is life or death.
Years ago, while searching archives at the Pirate Pug beard shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater Beaton Institute, I came across an article in the famous Cape Breton Magazine titled “Pirate Shipyard on the Mira River,” written in the year 1977. Just reading the title, I was hooked.
I’ve heard legends about pirates in Cape Breton and there are many. I have even heard the legend of Captain Kidd’s Rock, also on the Mira River, but I have not heard of the pirate shipyard. So the very next day, a beautiful calm day, my husband and a few children, threw our canoe into the water and followed the tide to the Pirate Pug beard shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater legendary Mira River Pirate Shipyard.
From 1690-1730 it was the “Golden Era of piracy”. At the time, Nova Scotia was barely reassured by Europeans, which made it the perfect haven for any number of pirates. The Mira River is far enough away to be a good refuge but also close enough to Fort Louisbourg to secure a steady supply of ships for the target. In fact, in the mid-1720s, the Pirate Pug beard shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater governor of the fortress asked the French government to increase naval defenses in response to pirate attacks. Pirates tend to chase ships containing lots of valuable items and fortresses have huge ships, filling them up, leaving ports almost every day.
Writer and historian David Dow filmed a fascinating story about Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart, and his Mira River Pirate Shipyard. During his career, Black Bart captured more than 400 ships and amassed a considerable amount of loot. Legend has it that he has an operating base on the Mira River. The history of Trepassey, NL, includes the account of Black Bart raiding the settlement and pillaging 200 ships. This is important because the account states that Black Bart is from the Mira River.