Pirates were not just confined to the seven seas…there were pirates on the Great Lakes as well.

For many years including the 1700’s, 1800’s, and into the early 1900’s, there was a plethora of piracy on the Great Lakes. Their ships weren’t the kind you see in the movies, but more like privately owned schooners or sloops. With these unassuming ships, the Great Lakes pirates got away with stealing beaver pelts, furs, money, ore, other ships, and timber.

What did these pirates wear? No peg-legs, no eye patch, no parrot on the shoulder, no sashes, earrings, or gaudy clothes. They wore mittens, pullovers, sweaters, turtlenecks, and wool caps.

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