Author, Lee A. Ireland will be a participant at the Annual Author’s Night sponsored by the Atlantic County Historical Society, Somers, Point NJ. Lee will be speaking on his new book, America’s Pirates & their Hidden Treasures on March 23, at 7 pm,. This book is the first in a series that Ireland has planned which will eventually cover the entire United States. It covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland during the “Golden Age of Pirates,” ~1690-1710. Each of the ten invited authors will speak for approximately five minutes and will greet and sign books for attendees afterwards. Directions and more details can be found at: http://www.atlanticcountyhistoricalsocietynj.org/events.php
A new source of information on pirates will soon be available. America’s Pirates & their Hidden Treasures, is the result of four years of steady research into the real pirates and their activities along America’s East Coast. Volume 1 will cover NJ, PA, DE and MD.
What are some of your favorite resources for information on pirates?
What would you do if you found hidden treasure?
Burlington City was an important town when the area was known as West Jersey. It lies across the Delaware River from North Philadelphia. Legend has it that Captain William Kidd and his men landed at Burlington and buried a chest of treasure alongside a huge Black Walnut tree. The tree stood for a very long time and its stump was identifiable for an even longer time after that.
Do you know of other treasure sites and pirate activity on the upper reaches of the Delaware River?
A trip this week to Philadelphia led me to Center City, along the waterfront. This is where pirates roamed at will, in the 1690s.
Blackbeard had his favorite taverns and the Blue Anchor Tavern could almost guarantee a sighting of the famous swab, if he was in port.
Philadelphia has historically been considered as prime for treasure-hunting pirates’ buried loot. Spots along the Schuylkill River and across the Delaware River in Burlington, NJ, have been dug before and could still be as productive as any along the ocean dunes. It all starts with digging (pardon the pun) into the history of the area for indicators.
Have you ever heard of pirate activity in the Philadelphia Area?
They say that one of the two most famous female pirates, Anne Bonney, beat her future husband senseless when he tried to take advantage of her before their marriage. The man, James Bonney recovered, the two eloped and they went on to sail the Caribbean as pirates.
Are there other female pirates that you are aware of, that worked the waters off of North America?
A popular website for references states that the treasure chest of pirate Thomas Tew was the only authentic pirate treasure chest in existence. I recall reading about an authenticated chest that was conveniently found in the harbor at Newport, RI. Are the two, one and the same?
Tew was a “rough piece of work”. He was named in the same king’s arrest warrant as William Teach, the infamous, “Blackbeard.”