Female Pirates

Legendary Women

Who's who list of Female Pirates

Queen Teuta 232 BC to 228 BC, Adriatic Sea.

Sela 420 AD

Wigbiorg around 704 AD, Nordic.

Hetha around 704 AD, Nordic.

Wisna around 704 AD, Nordic.

Alfhild (aka AElfhild, Alwilda, Alvilda) post-850 AD, Sweden.

Ladgerda c. 870 AD.

Æthelflaed, "Lady of the Mercias." Grace O'Malley, a.k.a. Granuaile 1500s, Atlantic, commanded three galleys and 200 men. Anne Bonny 1720, Caribbean.

Mary Read 1720, Caribbean.

Mary Harvey (or Harley) alias Mary Farlee 1726.

Mary Crickett (or Crichett) 1728 Rachel Wall 1780s, sailed from Massachusetts.

Anonymous female commander of French privateer LA BAUGOURT 1805.

Catherine Hagerty 1806, Australia and New Zealand.

Charlotte Badger Margaret Jordan 1809, Canada.

Cheng I Sao (Ching Yih Saou) 1810s, South China Sea, commanded 800 large junks, 1,000 smaller vessels, and 80,000 men and women.

Ki Ming T'ang Ch'en Ch'iao (nicknamed "Golden Grace")

Honcho Lo supporter of the Chinese revolution, took over command on husband's death in 1921

Wong who united her 50 ship fleet with Honcho Lo's 64 junks

Lai Sho Sz'en (Lai Choi San) 1922-1939, South China Sea, commanded 12 junks.

P'en Ch'ih Ch'iko commanded 100 pirates in 1936

Huang P'ei-mei leader of 50,000, pirate from 1937 on into the 1950's

Mary Read and Anne Bonny

Both Mary Read and Anne Bonney were F-M transvestites. For a long time they sailed dressed as boys and men before revealing their real sexual identity. Then one day Mary Read during a duel and with her oponent on the ground, ripped open her shirt baring her breasts. The shocked man was for a moment unable to defend himself and was run through by Mary's sword as she screamed, 'Know that you died by the sword of a woman!' After that she started to dress as a woman, as did Anne Bonny.

In the Orient

1807-09 Commander of the Red Flag Fleet and Leader of the Pirate Confederation Ching Shih, China Also known as Cheng I Sao, she took over as leader of the enormous pirate fleet which included between 1.500 and 1.800 ships and 80.000 male and female pirates when her husband, Cheng I, was killed in a typhoon in 1807. virtually every Chinese vessel passing the coast paid protection money. After Cheng Shih became leader of the pirates she issued a code of laws that added even more power to the pirate confederation. The code was short and severe. Anyone caught giving commands on his own or disobeying those of a superior was to be decapitated. It was a capital offence to pilfer from the common treasury or steal from the villagers who regularly supplied the pirates. Desertion or absence without leave resulted in a man's ear being cut off and his being paraded through his squadron. Raping female captives was also a capital offence, and if there was fornication by mutual consent, the pirate was to be beheaded and the female captive cast overboard with a weight on her legs. The pirate confederation was so strong that for years it held power over the Chinese military along the coast, and they made an alliance with the western powers and in 1809 the pirates were defeated. Nothing is known about what happened to her afterwards.

Anne Bonny