There is no doubt the Pirates of the Caribbean saga has fueled a new interest for pirate stories. My son has always loved ships, travel adventures and of course everything related to buccaneers, pirates, corsairs, privateers, and other sea–bound villains. We have some favourites related to this ever–fascinating subject that we’d like to share here, especially those sites with lots of illustrations. If you have some super-pirate-resource (and I don't mean software or music piracy here!), feel free to post in in the comments of this article.
Pirate Image Archive:pirates, battle, ships, pirate fun, punishment, pirate maps, The complete Howard Pyle book (see below), flags… plus links and more.
700 pirates group at Flickr, with illustations of imaginary pirates.
A french site with tons of information and links: http://www.pirates-corsaires.com/
Super-cute illustrations in the children book style by Rémy Tornior at http://www.gribouillage-et-coloriage.com/
A James Harvey project called 100 pirates in 100 days. A good exercise!
And of course, there is no shortage of copyright–free books in The Gutenberg Project, including illustrated volumes such as:
- Pirates’ own book by Charles Ellms (1837)
- The Pirates’ Who’s Who, Giving Particulars Of The Lives and Deaths Of The Pirates And Buccaneers by Phillip Gosse.
- Frank Richard Stockton’s Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts
And maybe, before setting off on your piracy journey, some background information from the Wikipedia could help.