Why I love Mary Read

-She’s one of the most famous female pirates in history

-She crossed dressed because she found that life was better as a boy in her time 

-On the way to the West Indies her ship was attacked by pirates and Mary decided to join them for the fun of it

-She hopped ship to ship and established a formidable reputation

-She ended up on the ship of ‘calico jack’ and his companion Anne Bonny who also dressed as a man

-Anne took an interest in “Mark Read” and tried to seduce him. Mary revealed herself to be a woman and I personally believe they were lovers

-They became an inseparable duo that kicked ass

-They showed up everyone else on the ship and their names began to spread

-When bounty hunters attacked them Mary and Bonny were the only two on the ship that weren’t drunk and could fight

-They managed to hold their ground for an hour before they were captured

-When they were tried, they told the court they were pregnant and escaped the noose.

-Mary Read is a bamf and no one can tell me otherwise


In due course the pirate crew was re-formed, with Anne and “Mark” constantly together aboard ship. This intimacy aroused the jealousy of Calico Jack, who threatened to slit “Mark’s” throat, but bursting into the cabin one day with just this in mind, he discovered Mary stretched out on the bed before Anne, not entirely clothed and visibly a woman. Some (male) historians would have us believe that only minutes before, Anne had ripped off Mary’s clothing, and herself had only just discovered “Mark’s” true gender. This is highly unlikely. The two women had already been intimate far too long—and shared such a rough lifestyle at that—not to have been fully acquainted with one another’s gender

I finished reading the first lesbian pirates book (A pirates heart by Catherine Friend) I ordered yesterday - it was the first LGBT*-book (OK, only the “L” was dealt with) I ever read, which was a nice experience and I’m looking forward to the second book with lesbian pirates :) I really enjoyed the pirate-setting and I was positively surprised that one woman of the 18th century couple was black.

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Anne Bonny and Mary Read were pirates in the eighteeth century. Very little is know about either of them. In their last battle, only Anne and Mary to save their necks from the noose. When the men refused to come out of the hold to fight, Mary shot down at them, killing a few, and wounding others.

Anne Bonny is probably the world’s best know female pirate, though what little is known of her life comes largely from Charles Johnson’s A General History of the Pyrates

She was born around the year 1700. Her birth name was Anna Cormac, and her birthplace was Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of a servant woman, Mary Brennan and lawyer William Cormac.

Anne’s family travelled to the new world very early on in her life; at first the family had a rough start in their new home. Her mother died shortly after they arrived in North America when she was 12. Her father eventually joined the profitable merchant business and accumulated a substantial fortune. It is recorded she had red hair and was considered a “good catch”, but may have had a fiery temper; at aged 13 she supposedly stabbed a servant girl with a table knife. She married a poor sailor and small-time pirate named James Bonny, Anne was disowned by her father.

Between 1714 and 1718, she and James Bonny moved to Nassau, on New Providence Island; known at that time as a sanctuary for English pirates called the ‘Pirates’ republic’.

While in the Bahamas, Bonny began mingling with pirates in the local taverns. She met Jack “Calico Jack” Rackham, captain of the pirate sloop Revenge, and Rackham became her lover. They had a son in Cuba, who eventually took the name of Cunningham. Many different theories state that he was left with his family or simply abandoned. Bonny rejoined Rackham and continued the pirate life, having divorced her husband and marrying Rackham while at sea. Bonny and Rackham escaped to live together as pirates. Bonny, Rackham, and Mary Read stole the ship Revenge, then at anchor in Nassau harbour, and put out to sea. Rackham and the two women recruited a new crew. Their crew spent years in Jamaica and the surrounding area. Over the next several months, they enjoyed success, capturing many, albeit smaller, vessels and bringing in abundant treasure. 

Bonny took part in combat alongside the men, and the accounts of her exploits present her as competent, effective in combat, and respected by her shipmates. Although Bonny was historically renowned as a female Caribbean pirate, she never commanded a ship of her own.


Mary Read was illegitimately born in England, in the late 17th century, to the widow of a sea captain. Read’s mother began to disguise illegitimately born Mary as a boy after the death of Mary’s older, legitimate brother Mark. This was done in order to continue to receive financial support from his paternal grandmother. The grandmother was apparently fooled, and Read and her mother lived on the inheritance into her teenage years. Still dressed as a boy, Read then found work as a footboy, and later found employment on a ship. 

She later joined the British military, allied with Dutch forces against the French and, in male disguise, proved herself through battle, but she fell in love with a Flemish soldier. They married under military oath but her husband had an early death and afterwards she resumed male dress and military service in Holland, until leaving to the Bahamas. 

Read’s ship was taken by pirates, who forced her to join them. She took the King’s pardon c.1718-1719, and took a commission to privateer, until that ended with her joining the crew in mutiny. In 1720 she joined pirate John Rackham and his companion, the female pirate Anne Bonny.

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