You’ll notice on our rum bottles there is a character trading with the Indians in Florida and merchants in Charleston. He is John King. John King was the youngest real pirate. He started at eleven years old.
From Wikipedia, John King (c. 1706/9 – April 26, 1717) was an 18th-century pirate. He joined the crew of Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy while still a juvenile, and is the youngest known pirate on record.
On November 9, 1716, Bellamy and his crew, sailing the sloop Mary Anne (or Marianne), attacked and captured the Antiguan sloop Bonetta, which was then en route from Antigua to Jamaica. John King, then aged between eight and eleven, was a passenger on the Bonetta. According to Abijah Savage, the Bonetta's commander, the pirates looted the ship for 15 days, during which time King demanded to join Bellamy's crew. "(F)ar from being forced or compelled (to join)," Savage wrote in his report, "he declared he would kill himself if he was restrained, and even threatened his Mother, who was then on board as a passenger and his father who did not like him." While teenage pirates were common in the 18th century, and though the Royal Navy employed young boys as "powder monkeys" to carry gunpowder from ship's magazine to their cannons, boys of King's age were unknown as pirates. However, after an initial show of defiance, Bellamy allowed King to join him. In the subsequent months, Bellamy and his crew would capture and loot many ships, including the Whydah in February 1717, a heavily armed slave galley which Bellamy claimed for his flagship. On April 26, 1717, the Whydah was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Cape Cod, killing Bellamy and most of his crew, including King.
King's remains were tentatively identified in 2006, when Barry Clifford, principal of Expedition Whydah Sea Lab & Learning Center in Provincetown Massachusetts, and Project Historian Ken Kinkor had partial human remains recovered from the wreck analyzed by researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and Center for Historical Archaeology in Florida. The remains, consisting of an 11-inch fibula encased in a shoe and linen stocking, were determined not to belong to a small man, as originally thought, but to a young boy of King's approximate age.
That was the leg of a boy captured off the coast of Maryland. John King swears he was saved in the storm by Mermaids. He was found on the beach hanging on to two barrels of rum and a small chest with some gold coins and spices. Maria Hallett – the "Witch of Wellfleet" the young woman Bellamy was returning to Cape Cod to marry, pulled John off the beach and hid him. If the authorities found him he would be hanged as the other surviving shipmates were in Boston. For a gold peace Maria was able to secure a ride in a farmer’s wagon up to the white mountains of New Hampshire. This is where our story begins as John King under many aliases spends the rest of the 1700s as a successful rum merchant and telling tales of the richness of a life of pure democracy aboard a pirate ship to the likes of Sam Addams, Ben Franklin and many more of the founding fathers of our country, and all the while never forgetting the mermaids as they supplied him with the best rum and booty the world will ever know!
It is said that the Mermaids take the rum down to underwater caves where under great pressure they change the molecules through sonic vibrations as they sing a special song. When their don they bring the rum up to John King and put a pearl in every bottle to show this is a very special rum.
We will be posting the adventures of John King as we find them.