Thursday, August 25, 2016

September 2016 Scavenger Challenge - Avast, me hearties!

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

September Monthly Scavenger - Avast, me hearties!
Timeframe: 9/1/16 to 9/30/16

Are you one of the millions who party like pirates every September 19th on International Talk Like A Pirate Day?

Many seamen, who had served in merchant or naval ships, turned to the lucrative, but dangerous occupation of a pirate. Pirate crews were treated much better than navy crews who were subjected to harsh, rules, treatment, punishment and low wages, often press-ganged into service. The pirate ships were governed by their own laws, called Articles, agreed between the pirate crew and the captain, also determining how prize money from their raids would be shared. The history of pirates was based on money.

Here are some of the more notorious pirates:

1. Sir Francis Drake (English, 1540-1595)
Francis Drake, nicknamed “my pirate” by Queen Elizabeth I, was among the “Sea Dog” privateers licensed by the English government to attack Spanish shipping. Spain, his life-long foe, saw repeated devastation as he relentlessly plundered Spanish cities off the coast of Florida. He also claimed new land on the Pacific coast for Queen Elizabeth, becoming the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. A delighted Queen Elizabeth knighted him upon his return. After an illustrious career, Drake died of something as mundane as dysentery.
♦ Read a book with the word "MY" in the title - OR - a book with royalty somewhere in the story - OR - a book with any kind of ship on the cover (a ship, not a sailboat or rowboat, but a ship--show us the cover).
 My Clarity M. Clarke 9/16/16

2. Sir Henry Morgan (Welsh, 1635-1688)
Captain Morgan is one of the most famous pirates who terrorized Spain’s Caribbean colonies in the late 1600s. He may have pillaged more than 400 ships throughout his career. His greatest achievement was capturing wealthy Panama City with 30 ships and 1,200 men, acquiring his largest plunder yet. It was due to his raid on Panama City that he was arrested and brought back to England, but because battle resumed between England and Spain, King Charles II knighted Morgan and released him as deputy governor of Jamaica. There, he lived as a well respected planter until his death. Ironically, the Jamaican legislature passed an anti-piracy law during his administration, and Morgan even assisted in pirate prosecution.
♦ Read a book set somewhere in the Caribbean (this list might help) - OR - read a book in which a character works for the government - OR - read a book with the number "30" intact in the number of pages (tell us how many pages). 330 pages
Wrong Place, Right Time Elle Casey 9/7/16

3. William Kidd (Scottish, 1645 - 1701)
A stylish Scotsman who had been a leading citizen of New York City, actively involved in the building of Trinity Church, Captain Kidd began his career as a privateer, originally commissioned to rid the seas of pirates. Only reluctantly, did he cross into piracy (having been elected pirate captain by his crew), although his piracy itself may be questionable as his exploits may have been sensationalized. His greatest misfortune was attacking an East India Company vessel. When he learned that he was hunted for that deed, he buried some of his treasure on Gardiners Island, anticipating its usefulness as a bargaining tool. But, captured in Boston along with his wife, William Kidd was eventually sent to England for trial. He was sentenced to death, some said unjustly, and suffered a wretched execution - the noose by which he was hung broke twice, and after he was killed on the third hanging his body was doused in tar and hung by chains along the Thames River as a warning to other pirates.
♦ Read a book with a character who starts out as a "good guy" but who falls into a life of crime or at least commits an illegal act of some kind - OR - read a book where something valuable is hidden - OR - read a book where someone is executed.
Something About You Julie James 9/13/16

4. Edward Teach "Blackbeard" (English, 1680- 1718)
Though there have been more successful pirates, Blackbeard is one of the best-known and widely-feared of his time. He commanded four ships and had a pirate army of 300 at the height of his career, and defeated the famous warship, HMS Scarborough in sea-battle. He was known for barreling into battle clutching two swords, coiling smoking fuses into his long, braided facial hair, and slinging multiple pistols and daggers across his chest. In November 1717 he captured a French slave ship, later renamed the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and refitted it with 40 guns. With that extra firepower he then blockaded the port of Charleston, South Carolina, until the town’s residents met his demands for a large chest of medicine. After a fierce battle in which he made a stand with candle smoke rising from his beard, he was overtaken by the Royal Navy and beheaded. His head was then raised upon a stake as a warning to other pirates near Virginia’s Hampton River.
♦ Read a book with long hair or a beard on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book whose title contains at least 2 B's - OR - read a book where the author's first OR last name starts with B.
Ruthless Lexi Blake 9/1/16

5. Bartholomew Roberts "Black Bart" (Welsh, 1682 - 1722)
Roberts’ crew admired his adventurist courage, calling him “pistol proof” - though he had been forced into piracy, having once been an officer on board a ship that was captured by the pirate Howell Davis. After taking over, Roberts’ navigational skills, charisma, and bravado painted him golden in the eyes of his men. He plundered over 400 ships.
♦ Read a book that has more than 400 pages (tell us how many pages) - OR - read a book with a color word in the title - OR - read a book where a character has a nickname (tell us the name). BJ
Sea Rose Lane Irene Hannon 9/5/16

6. Anne Bonny (Irish, 1700-1782)
Having traveled to the New World with her family, Anne fell in love and married a poor sailor named James Bonny. But when she grew increasingly disappointed by her husband’s lack of valor, she began seeking out the company of many different men in Nassau. Among these men was “Calico Jack” Rackham, captain of a pirate ship. She joined his crew while acting and dressing like a man (including drinking and fighting profusely). Thus, she fought under his command, and along with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she coaxed the crew into even greater bloodshed and violence and became a formidable pirate herself. However, she was captured with Rackham’s crew and sentenced to death. Both she and Mary Read claimed pregnancy in prison, and their death sentences weren’t carried out. No one is sure how the famous female pirate died, though there is speculation that she returned home to her husband or her father.
♦ Read a book with a female character who holds a job normally held by a male - OR read a book with a pregnancy in the story somewhere - OR - read a book whose title starts with a letter in RACKHAM (exclude A, A, The).
Hard Rules Lisa Renee Jones 9/1/16

7. Cheung Po Tsai (Chinese, early 1800s - mid 1800s)
Cheung Po Tsai was a fisherman’s son, captured by a pirate and his wife to later be adopted by them and become a pirate himself. At the height of his career, he commanded an army of over 50,000 men and several hundred ships. He terrorized the Guangdong coastline, amassing great treasure, which he hid in a small cave that is today named after him. Eventually the Chinese government managed to catch him, though he struck a deal with them and became enlisted as a captain in the Qing Imperial Navy. He was appointed to the rank of colonel and spent the rest of his life aiding the Chinese government in capturing other pirates.
♦ Read a book with a Chinese character - OR - read a book where a main character is in the military (any country, but he or she must be active) - OR - read a book with a 5 in the original year of publication (tell us the year).
Come Home to Me Jessica Scott 9/4/16

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