The story of William Fly, New England's most notorious pirate.
WILLIAM FLY. A boatswain aboard a slave ship, William Fly led a mutiny, killed the captain, renamed the ship "Fame's Revenge", and became a pirate chief. Known for his cursing rages and inhuman brutality, Fly often whipped his captives for up to one hundred lashes. He pirated many vessels along the New England coast. Finally captured off of the coast of Newburyport, Fly was bought to Boston for execution. Fly went to his execution with a nosegay in his hand and reproached the hangman for not knowing his craft as Fly fixed the noose around his neck with his own two hands. Fly was gibbeted at Nix's Mate island in Boston Harbor. His pirate career had lasted only one month. Courtesy of www.piratemuseum.com
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