A Good afternoon to you all. My name is Anne Bonny. Thats PIRATE Anne
Bonny. Oh yes, there were female pirates a-plenty, but we dressed like the
boys so mostly, nobody knew we was there.
I was born in Ireland, the daughter of a la-de-da lawyer who diddled a housemaid
and then forgot about her. With no family life to speak of I was glad when
pirate James Bonny swept me off me feet. We was married and he brought me
with him to his home in South Carolina. Well, let me tell you that South Carolina
in the 1700s was a hotbed of piracy and I soon discovered that my fierce
pirate Jamey was nothing but a small fish. I left him for a better catch -
Calico Jack Rackham. Ye might know my Jack as the man who flew the first pirate
I sailed aboard my Jacks ship dressed as a man and fighting alongside
the men, at least as good as they were, probably better. The first it was
discovered that there was a woman aboard, the gent who found me out raised
such a fuss that I knifed him through the heart just to keep him quiet. He
would have been so shocked hed have risen from the dead if hed
known that there was at least one other woman, me pal Mary Read, aboard that
ship, disguised as a man.
We attacked ships and seaside settlements all along the Atlantic coast and
I must say I always enjoyed visiting your fair city of New Brunswick. The
boats around New Brunswick harbor smuggling in rich French fabrics and English
hats always made fine picking and a good profit. And theres something
satisfying about a pirate robbing a smuggler, dont you think?
After a splendid career of piracy, we was finally cornered by scurvy pirate-hunters.
Me pal Mary and me fought bravely and well while most of the crew, including
me louse of a husband Calico Jack, cowered in the hold. We all was caught
and went on trial. I had a bun in the oven at the time, and me execution was
postponed until I gave birth. The coward Calico Jack hung and me last words
to him was "I'm sorry to see you here, Jack, but if you'd have fought
like a man you needn't hang like a dog."
As for me, I never did hang and they say what happened to me and babe afterward
was unknown. But Ill tell ye that its good to be a smart, strong,
sexy woman, even - no ESPECIALLY - in a world of men. My name is Anne Bonny,