Pirates of the Lowcountry

A Guide to Resources in the Beaufort County Library



The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. The era of the pirates and privateers is a critical part of that history.
Prepared by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL Beaufort District Collection Manager.
Created: 11 September 2008;
Latest update: 23 November 2011

Pirates of the Lowcountry

A Guide to Resources in the Beaufort County Library


Online Resources:

  • The National Maritime Museum of Greenwich, London, England has a webpage entitled “Pirates” within their “Ships, seafarers & life at sea” section. 

You can check out these materials from Beaufort County Library:

359 BUT Pirates, privateers & rebel raiders of the Carolina coast by Lindley S. Butler.(HHI)

364.1 SHE Raiders and rebels: the golden age of piracy by Frank Sherry. (BEA, HHI)

910.45 COR Under the black flag: the romance and the reality of life among the pirates by David Cordingly. (BEA, BLU)

910.4 PIR Pirates: terror on the high seas, from the Caribbean to the South China Sea edited by David Cordingly. (BEA)

910.4 ROG Pirates!: brigands, buccaneers, and privateers in fact, fiction, and legend by Jan Rogoziński. (BEA, HHI)

910.45 CON Pirates and raiders of the Southern shore by T. D. Conner. (HHI, BDC)

910.45 EAR
The pirate wars by Peter Earle. (BLU)

910.45 HUG The Carolina pirates and colonial commerce, 1670-1740 by Shirley Carter Hughson. (BLU, BDC)

910.45 KON Piracy: the complete history by Angus Konstam. (BLU)

910.45 ROB Blackbeard and other pirates of the Atlantic coast by Nancy Roberts. (BEA, BDC, HHI)

J 910.45 ZEP Pirates of the Carolinas for kids by Terrance Zepke. (LOB)

972.9 WOO The Spanish Main: The Seafarers by Peter Wood and the Editors of Time-Life Books (BLU)

975.7 GRA Planters, pirates & patriots: historical tales from the South Carolina Grand Strand by Rod Gragg. (BEA, HHI)

975.7 HAS A Primary Source history of the colony of South Carolina by Heather Hasan. (BLU)
    Chapter 4: “Pirates, Rebellion, and War.” 

975.7 MCC The history of South Carolina under the proprietary government, 1670-1719 by Edward McCrady (BEA, BDC)

975.799 ROW The history of Beaufort County, South Carolina: Volume 1, 1514-1861 by Lawrence S. Rowland, Alexander Moore, George C. Rogers, Jr. (ALL)
    See in particular, pp. 26-27, 44-46, 50, 58, 63, 148-149, 151, 155, 176, 186, 212, 229, 247-248; for French        privateers, see 20, 22-23, 32-33, 40, 42-43, 147-148, 151; for Spanish privateers, see 141, 145, 147-151,         154-155. 

Come to the BDC Research Room to see these items:

  Please note that materials available only through the Beaufort District Collection (BDC) are not available for checkout.            Normal visiting hours are Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM; the BDC is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia‘s entry on “Piracy.  Piracy flourished on the South Carolina coast chiefly in two periods: the early proprietary years (1670-1700) and at the end of the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ (1716-1720)….Pirates, most of whom began their commerce raiding as legal war-time privateers, thrived” in the uncertain circumstances caused by a weak proprietary government during a period of political unrest and military threats to the English colony from Native Americans, the Spanish and the French.

B JOHNSON Robert Johnson, proprietary & royal Governor of South Carolina by Richard P. Sherman. (BDC only)

SC 387.5 COK Charleston’s maritime heritage, 1670-1865: an illustrated history by P.C. Coker III. (BDC, HH SC only)

SC 364.13 SOU Collections by the South Carolina Historical Society, pp. 206, 239, 249, and 264. (BDC only)

SC 910.45 MAR Mary Long’s yesteryear Skull and crossbones: South Carolina’s infamous pirates [DVD] (BDC only)

SC 910.45 SPE Shipwrecks, pirates & privateers: sunken treasures of the upper South Carolina coast, 1521-1865 by E. Lee Spence. (BDC only)

SC 975.703 JAC Privateers in Charleston, 1793-1796; an account of a French palatinate in South Carolina [by] Melvin H. Jackson. (BDC only)

Piracy (vertical file)

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