Last Saturday night, in an undisclosed harbor in Northern Virginia, the most infamous pirates of all times (or perhaps their ghosts) met for a special 300-year reunion onboard the Spooner’s Revenge (under Captain Lysander Spooner) in honor of Jack Rackam.
With the notable exception of Blackbeard (who couldn't remember when the reunion was—it happens when you are a few hundred years old), the most infamous pirates were all present: François L’Olonais (also known as Bane of the Spaniards), Bartholomew Roberts (also known as Black Bart), and of course Jack Rackam (also known as Calico Jack).
Anne Bonny (Rackam’s girlfriend) and Mary Read (who might have been Roberts’s wife but we don’t really know) were also aboard. Others such as William Kidd, Howell Davis, and Edward Low made the trip, but didn’t want to be recognized for fear of British Navy spies.
Many crew members also showed up. Rackam, in a gesture that normally would have defied the rules accepted on pirate ships, brought two aunties of his with him and even introduced his own mother and sister to everyone (old age must have sweetened his character).
Following the ancestral democratic institutions governing pirate ships, the crew voted to elect the most frightening pirate of all times. To everyone’s surprise, neither L’Olonais, Rackam, nor Roberts won, but Thomas Anstis did, Roberts’s faithful second in command.
But in celebration of years of adventure and success (and a book that he allegedly wrote), Rackam’s men gave him a prize: a coin from one of the treasures they stole in 1716 (or there about, nobody really remembers the exact date). What a nice gesture, after all these years!
Rum (and I mean really good rum) was in short supply and disappeared quickly. And so did everyone at the end, vanishing without a trace...