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Adventurers: Explorers, Pirates, Map Makers

This part of our website includes allsorts of interesting people from Welsh Pirates like Black Bart to explorers and cartographers (map makers) to magnificent hero's like Harold Lowe. True one would expect nearly all of these people to be historical personalities but there are adventures with a Welsh connection alive and well and doing their best to open frontiers today, even in space with NASA astronaut Joe Tanner.

Black Bart, Ogle scores first success

Black Bart, Ogle scores first success. (page 6)

At dawn on the 5th of February the' Swallow 'came in sight of three ships at Cape Lopez and recognised them straight away.

According to the admiralty account, Ogle could not simply drive in an assault because a sand bank blocked his way so he had to steer out to sea for a while. The pirates misinterpreted this as fear, thinking this new comer had gone to run and typically gave chase with the captured French ship, re-named 'The Ranger'.

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Black Bart, The jackpot, again!

Black Bart, The jackpot, again! (page 5)

By the end of June 1721 they'd found a small settlement lead by one Jack Crackers, a notorious pirate now retired. Here they traded in like company and made good their vessels. Here he was told of two British men-o-war, 'The Swallow' and the 'Weymouth' that had visited just a month earlier with the intention of returning by the following Christmas. He was well aware of their firepower but felt safe since Christmas was half a year away.

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