Pirate Flags > Thomas Tew 12"x18" Flag
Thomas Tew 12"x18" Flag

Price: $11.95
Availability: ships out 7-9 business days
Prod. Code: FL-FL-Pr-12x18-Ff544

  • Weather resistant, marine quality pirate flag
  • Black, double sided, 12"x18" nylon/polyester fabric
  • Printing of image on both sides
  • White polypropylene webbing
  • Two brass spur grommets

Thomas Tew aka the Rhode Island Pirate was a 17th century privateer turned pirate.  Probably born in Maidford, Northhamptonshire, England before immigrating to the colonies as a child with his family.  He lived in Newport, Rhode Island, moved to Bermuda in 1692, and based himself in Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, a popular hunting ground for 17th century pirates.

Along with French Capt. Misson, he created Libertalia, a pirate colony.  Captain William Kidd, before he himself turned pirate, was commissioned by King William III to hunt down pirate Thomas Tew.  Tew died around 1695 in an engagement aboard the Fateh Muhammed, owned by the Great Mogul of India, before Captain Kidd reached him.

Thomas Tew's treasure chest is the only known treasure chest with provenance to a pirate, and can be seen in Pirate Soul, a pirate themed museum in the Florida Keys.  His personal standard was a white arm holding a sword on a black ground; it means "we are ready to kill you".

 



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