Pirate Contest

“An Attack on a Galleon” Howard Pyle (1905)

Welcome to the Pirate Quiz!

Each Monday for eight weeks, we’ll be posing an interesting question about pirates (real or fictional.) Answers will be collected from Monday until the following Sunday at midnight. Each week’s winner will be chosen by my favorite random dart board method. One entry per person per week.

If you are a weekly winner, you will win a signed large (“trade”) paperback copy of The Eight.

As a special bonus, at the end of the contest, all participants will be included in a final random dart board selection – the winner will receive a signed, hardcover copy of The Eight!

At the end of each week we’ll post some of your interesting answers (scroll to the bottom of this page).

Participating in this contest will add you to my newsletter mailing list, if you are not already signed up.

If you are a winner, you will also be contacted for a preferred shipping address to receive your book.

The Pirate Contest has concluded!

If you are a winner of any of the weeks’ contests you will be notified this week by email and asked for a mailing address.

Past Week’s Responses

Anne Bonny

Week One

Who is your all-time favorite female pirate (she can be a historic figure, fictional, or appear in both), and in what part of the world did she ply her nefarious trade?

Popular answers:

Anne Bonny
Grace O’Malley
Ching Shih

Featured response:

“(Ireland, 1560) Grace O’Malley led a 20-ship Pirate fleet that stood up to the might of the British monarchy. Also known as “Granuaille,” or “bald,” for her habit of cutting her hair short, O’Malley was a part of a powerful clan that lorded over the Irish coastlines.”


Week Two

Who is your favorite male pirate? (He can be a historic figure, fictional, or appear in both.)

Popular answers:

Henry Morgan
Long John Silver
Captain Jack Sparrow

Featured response:

“From Port Royal Jamaica, Henry Morgan raided Spanish settlements including Camagüey, Cuba. Invaded Portobello, Panama and burned Panama Viejo…”

Barbary Coast

Week Three

What is your favorite part of the world where pirates roamed?

Popular answers:

Gulf of Mexico
Mediterranean Sea

Featured response:

Lycia was an ancient region on the Anatolian Peninsula, which makes up the Asian part of Turkey. Due to its mountainous terrain dropping towards the sea, inconspicuous coves became the hiding spot for pirates to raid merchant ships traveling the coast. Fittingly, the Lycian Coast was given the nickname Pirate Coast.

Bebe Daniels in Captain Kidd’s Kids

Week Four

Who is your favorite actress in a pirate movie?

Popular answers:

Geena Davis
Olivia de Havilland
Maureen O’Hara

Featured Response:

Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island! Loved this movie even though the sailor in me doesn’t generally find {it} terribly accurate! But it was just a fun movie that have a great feel to being on the ocean and honestly what’s not to love about female pirates!

Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara in Black Swan

Week Five

Who is your favorite actor in pirate movies?

Popular answers:

Johnny Depp
Errol Flynn
Burt Lancaster & Gene Kelly from ‘The Crimson Pirate’

Featured Response:

Charlton Heston as Long John Silver
“Treasure Island” 1990 made for TV film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel written & directed by Fraser Clarke Heston (Charlton Heston’s son), and also starring several notable British actors, including Christian Bale, Oliver Reed

Wallace Beery as Long John Silver in the 1934 Treasure Island

Week Six

Who is your favorite pirate villain character?

Popular answers:

Long John Silver
Davy Jones
Captain Levasseur

Featured Response:

Basil Rathbone as Captain Levasseur
Captain Blood 1935 Erol Flynn was a “hero” Pirate, But Basil Rathbone as Levasseur was perfect as a Back Stabbing “Villainous” Pirate who made you cheer when He was run through by Captain Blood

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Gutenberg Project)

Week Seven

What is your favorite pirate story or book?

Popular answers:

Treasure Island
The Princess Bride

Featured response:

“Based on OAK ISLAND “RIPTIDE” is a modern novel with Pirate Links and Treasure. Written by Authors Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. The Story revolves around a plot to retrieve the buried treasure of nefarious pirate Red Ned Ockham. The treasure, which is estimated to be worth close to two billion dollars and guarded by Traps. Puts you right in the Pirate mood.”

The Sea Hawk theatrical poster

Week Eight

What is your favorite pirate movie/dramatic work?

Popular answers:

Treasure Island
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Crimson Pirate

Featured response:

Nate and Hayes (1983)
… I am going to recommend one other film from off- the- Beaten- Path and often overlooked, as it is a Modern Pirate story set in the mid -1800’s. — The Film is the 1983 Classic “NATE AND HAYES” sometimes listed as, “Savage Islands” — directed by Ferdinand Fairfax, and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O’Keefe and Jenny Seagrove.”