The November 13 event was hosted by Save the Harbor, the Hull Lifesaving Museum, and the Hull Public Library.
On November 28, The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Friends of Winthrop Beach hosted a second pirate talk at the Winthrop Public Library.
After the sea shanty, Eric took the stage, where he held the crowd in thrall with tales of renowned pirates like Mary Read, Blackbeard, and the brutal Ned Lowe, who was ultimately captured and put on trial right here in Boston. He explained the way he chose the topics for each of his books, enticed by the possibility of learning more about subjects that are popular, but rarely explored in such a detailed and fact finding way. Dolin describe the many motivations behind plundering ships, and why folks might turn to the pirate life.
While many of us know about pirates through books such as Treasure Island and movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, the tales spun by popular culture romanticizes their lives to attract audiences. Dolin breaks down these depictions to what is historically true and untrue. For example, who knew that walking the plank was not a widely used method of getting rid of prisoners?