Sid Meier's Pirates
Pirates In The Media
In 1718 Anstis started his pirate career in very famous company; he shipped out
of Providence in the Sloop Buck and was one of six that conspired to use that
ship in the trade of piracy. The others being Howell Davis, Dennis Topping,
Walter Kennedy and two unnamed others. Upon the death of Davis, Anstis served
under Bartholomew Roberts until April 18th, 1721, when he parted ways with the
arch pirate and sailed to the West Indies in the brigantine Good
In June of that year they took several ships in the vicinity of
Hispanola, Jamaica, and Martinico, from which they provisioned themselves and
increased the size of their crew. During this time these pirates are suspected
of 'abusing and wounding' one Colonel Doyle of Montserrat, for having attempted
to prevent the pirates from brutilizing a female passenger. The woman in
question was said to have been killed and flung overboard.
their vessel, they turned for Bermuda and captured the Morning Star. They
proceeded to refit the ship with 32 guns and 100 men. However, Anstis allowed
John Fenn to captain the vessel so that Anstis could remain with the other ship
as he favored its handling. At this time the pirates' company had grown to the
point that they could have undertaken some grand deed, but the inclination of
many of the crew was to quit the game of pirating. A petition was drawn up to
request pardon from the English crown which they sent via a merchant ship. The
crew then retired to an unnamed island off the South West end of Cuba. Here they
lived for the next nine months surviving on the bounty of the island and sea.
During this time the pirates passed the days in dancing and other diversions and
an account of a mock trial comes down to us through Captain Johnson.
August of 1722 the pirates made ready to sail out and see how their petition had
been received. A merchant passed the word that their petition had drawn no
interest and the pirates found that they must continue in their profession.
Setting sail with the Good Fortune and Morning Star, misfortune soon settled in
around them. The Morning Star was wrecked upon the Grand Caymans and while
anchored to recover the crew of the wreck, the Good Fortune was set upon by two
men of war, the Hector and Adventure. The pirates were able to escape by cutting
their anchor cable and ran before the two men of war for some time, escaping
finally by rowing their ship during a calm in the wind. Sailing to the Bay of
Honduras to clean and refit the brigantine, Good Fortune, took three more ships
as prizes and burned them all to leave no trace. Here some of the prisoners
taken off the ships, including one Captain Durfey, attempted to take the ship,
but had to be content with escaping with their lives.
1722, found the pirates in the islands where they again took a sizable ship and
mounted her with 24 guns. Again Fenn, though having only one hand and having
wrecked the Morning Star, was given command of the larger ship, a frigate. After
taking a couple of prizes the pirates turned to the Bahamas, taking more prizes.
Putting into Tobago to clean and refit in April 1723, the pirates were suprised
by the arrival of the Winchelsea, a man of war, and they burned all ships except
Anstis' brigantine, which escaped. The crew, apparently tired of the pirate
life, killed Anstis and several of the others and put the ship into Curacco,
where all but those that delivered up the vessel were tried and hanged.