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From: Lloyd Rowsell <>
Subject: 1722-1723...your name came to mind today....."ANSTIS/ANSTEY and KENNEDY".....Capt. Nicholas DAW of Newfoundland and Bath, North Carolina
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 17:08:54 -0700 (PDT)
FENN / FINN
Capt. Nicholas DAW and Bath, North Carolina
TOBIAS KNIGHT Newfoundland and Bath, North Carolina
"At BATH, Governor EDEN and Tobias KNIGHT, the colony's chief
justice declared the French ship a derelict ... take three British
Warships to Newfoundland to enforce a British peace among ..."
PYRATTES and PRIVATEERS
"In 1718 Anstis started his pirate career in very famous company;
he shipped out of Providence in the Sloop Buck and was one of six
that conspired to use that ship in the trade of piracy.
The others being
Walter Kennedy and two unnamed others.
Upon the death of Davis, Anstis served under Bartholomew Roberts
until April 18th, 1721, when he parted ways with the arch pirate
and sailed to the West Indies in the brigantine Good Fortune.
In June of that year they took several ships in the vicinity of
Hispanola, Jamaica, and Martinico, from which they provisioned
themselves and increased the size of their crew.
During this time these pirates are suspected of 'abusing and
wounding' one Colonel DOYLE of Montserrat, for having attempted to
prevent the pirates from brutilizing a female passenger. The woman
in question was said to have been killed and flung overboard.
After cleaning their vessel, they turned for Bermuda and captured
the Morning Star. They proceeded to refit the ship with 32 guns
and 100 men.
However, Anstis allowed John FENN to captain the vessel so that
Anstis could remain with the other ship as he favored its
At this time the pirates' company had grown to the point that they
could have undertaken some grand deed, but the inclination of many
of the crew was to quit the game of pirating.
A petition was drawn up to request pardon from the English crown
which they sent via a merchant ship.
The crew then retired to an unnamed island off the South West end
of Cuba. Here they lived for the next nine months surviving on the
bounty of the island and sea. During this time the pirates passed
the days in dancing and other diversions and an account of a mock
trial comes down to us through Captain JOHNSON.
In August of 1722 the pirates made ready to sail out and see how
their petition had been received.
A merchant passed the word that their petition had drawn no
interest and the pirates found that they must continue in their
Setting sail with the Good Fortune and Morning Star, misfortune
soon settled in around them. The Morning Star was wrecked upon the
Grand Caymens and while anchored to recover the crew of the wreck,
the Good Fortune was set upon by two men of war, the Hector and
The pirates were able to escape by cutting their anchor cable and
ran before the two men of war for some time, escaping finally by
rowing their ship during a calm in the wind.
Sailing to the Bay of Honduras to clean and refit the brigantine,
Good Fortune, took three more ships as prizes and burned them all
to leave no trace.
Here some of the prisoners taken off the ships, including one
Captain DURFEY, attempted to take the ship, but had to be content
with escaping with their lives.
Early December 1722, found the pirates in the islands where they
again took a sizable ship and mounted her with 24 guns. Again
Fenn, though having only one hand and having wrecked the Morning
Star, was given command of the larger ship, a frigate.
After taking a couple of prizes the pirates turned to the Bahamas,
taking more prizes.
Putting into Tobago to clean and refit in April 1723, the pirates
were suprised by the arrival of the Winchelsea, a man of war, and
they burned all ships except Anstis' brigantine, which escaped.
The crew, apparently tired of the pirate life, killed Anstis and
several of the others and put the ship into Curacco, where all but
those that delivered up the vessel were tried and hanged. "
"It is interesting to speculate on the reasons that induced people
of the Old Country to settle in Newfoundland." A. BROWN
"......and a horizon is nothing more
than the limit of our sight."
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