China warships set sail on anti-pirate mission

Two Chinese destroyers and a supply ship set sail Friday for the Gulf of Aden on a mission to protect Chinese merchant ships from an increasing number of pirate attacks occurring in the waters off Somalia, state media reported.

23 suspected pirates captured, Indian navy says

The Indian navy captured 23 piracy suspects who tried to take over a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Indian officials said.

Somali pirates capture 2 Yemeni boats, crew members

Somali pirates captured two Yemeni fishing boats and 22 Yemeni fishermen Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen’s official news agency SABA said.

EU to launch first anti-piracy operation

The European Union will launch its first naval operation Tuesday, protecting vessels from pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, EU policy chief Javier Solana announced Monday.

Here be a list of pirates, privateers and
buccaneers you scurvy dog

The History of Piracy

The Pirate Code

Ancient Piracy

Golden Age of Piracy

Shipwreck Coins


List of Shipwrecks

Treasure Hunters

List of Treasure hunters

Cargo ship outruns pirates off Tanzania

A Dutch-operated container ship outran pirates off the coast of Tanzania this weekend, an official with the International Maritime Bureau said Sunday.

Suspected pirates turned over to Yemen

Seven suspected pirates were in the custody of Yemeni authorities early Friday, after they were picked up in the pirate-plagued Gulf of Aden.

No way to stop us, pirate leader says

Somalis are so desperate to survive that attacks on merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean will not stop, a pirate leader promises.

Somali pirates release ship without ransom

Pirates have released a Yemeni cargo ship without receiving a ransom after negotiations with local elders, a Somali official said Wednesday.

Fishermen find ancient boat in Black Sea

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A well-preserved ancient wooden dugout canoe has been discovered at the bottom of the Black Sea, scientists said Saturday.

The vessel was discovered by fishermen trailing nets along the sea bottom some 15 miles off the coast, said Dimitar Nedkov, head of the Archaeological Museum in the port city of Sozopol.

“The dugout is 2.6 meters (8.5 feet) long and 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) wide, and it is made most probably of oak,” Nedkov told The Associated Press.

Bulgarian explorers have found four ancient vessels in remarkably good condition in the Black Sea, whose oxygen-depleted deep water preserves wrecks without the worm damage and deterioration that normally affects wooden vessels.

“Nowhere else can you find similar dugouts, as well as any kind of wooden vessels over 300 years old, because water rots the wood away,” said Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National Museum of History. “In the Black Sea, however, there is dissolved hydrogen sulfide below a certain depth which preserves all organic materials.”