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Author Name: FreeFLETCH 2 Comments
Date Added: May 01, 2006 17:05:20 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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pirate soul

Edward Low and his pirate soul

was known only as a brut


prize of gold shiver mi' timbers

he'd commandeer your loot


fancy was his pirate ship

Hidious scar across his lip


showed no mercy as he placed the black spot 

killed and tortured all those he caught



below the deck he killed a privateer 

avast he knew the end was near


violence and cruelty that shocked his fellow man

thus ended Ed's career that was when his fear began





Edward Low was set adrift by four and twenty men

caught his death at the end of a rope never to be seen again


he did the dance of the hempen jig hornswaggled bumboo send

no pray no pay no quarter given dowse the light to end

Author's Notes:

based on facts!

Edward Low (Ned Low), a former Boston ship rigger, was known to be an extremely cruel pirate. Even his own men described him as a maniac and brute. He often forced his prisoners to eat pieces of their own flesh before killing them. After capturing a Nantucket whaler, Low made her commander eat his own sliced off ears, sprinkled with salt, before he killed him. When he captured the Spanish galleon Montcova, he personally slaughtered fifty-three officers and made one Spaniard eat the heart of another before killing him.

Low became well-known for his frequent voyages to the bleak Isles of Shoals off the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire. Low is well-remembered for seizing three Shoals fishermen and damming them to death. Considering himself a fair-minded Jack-a-float, he promised the piscatorian three their freedom if they would but call down evil thrice on the name of the Reverend Cotton Mather, who was the common enemy of all pirates. They hated Mather, known for his hell-fire and brimstone sermons against them, as much as Mather loathed the pirates.

Edward Low's own crew finally set him adrift in an open boat without provisions. Two days later a French ship rescued him, but upon discovering who he was, the French gave him a quick trial and hung him.

biograghy and images courtesy of swashbucklers cove

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Comment By: ModeratorJillian K. Alexis on May 1, 2006 08:03:27 PM Report
Ty for the history lessen Fletch. This is wonderful. I always love learning about new things. U have penned this pirate's tale beautifully. Ty for sharing this with us all...Love, your' big sister Jillian
Comment By: PremiumKeith Overstreet on May 1, 2006 07:30:07 PM Report
I will say your an interesting fella, Fletch.
A fine job.


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