Edward Low was an English criminal, sailor and pirate. He took up piracy sometime around 1722 and was very successful, plundering dozens if not hundreds of ships. He was known for his cruelty to his prisoners and was greatly feared on both sides of the Atlantic.
Nicknamed because of his striking height Henry Avery was born in Plymouth, England between 1653 and 1659. He began his career at sea by serving as a midshipman in the Royal Navy before being lured away to become a privateer.
His biggest success was in September 1695 when he came upon two treasure ships of the Grand Mogul of India on their way home from their annual trading expedition to Arabia.
The ships were crammed with gold, silver and jewels that were rumoured to be worth over £250 milliion in today’s money.
The most famous and feared pirate of them all. Edward Teach is thought to have been born in Bristol, England around 1680. He was a big man who wore a crimson coat with two swords, various knives and at least six pistols.
As his reputation grew, so did his beard and hair. He braided his beard and tied the braids with black ribbons. He stuffed burning rope under his hat to make himself look more ferocious and menacing.
But on November 22, 1718 he was killed during a battle with the Royal Navy. It took five gunshots and more than twenty sword cuts to kill him.