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Stede Bonnet

A Barbadian pirate, also known as the Gentleman Pirate, born into a moderately wealthy land-owner family before turning to a life on the high seas.

Once Bonnet decided to become a pirate, despite having no knowledge of shipboard life, contracted a local shipyard to build him a sixty-ton sloop, which he equipped with 10 guns and named her the Revenge. This was unusual, as most pirates seized their ships by mutiny or by boarding them or by converting a privateer vessel to a pirate ship.

Later in his career Bonnet met up with Blackbeard and together they unleashed a campaign of terror during what was commonly known as the Golden Age of Piracy.