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Jack Beach's la, test book investigates pirates' local ties to Delaware "There may be a question about the exact number, but no question about the fact, that many former pirates chose to settle in what is now eastern Sussex County. With a grubstake of gold some probably became major land owners and later respected community leaders while others likely spent their new found riches rather quickly. "Each man aboard a pirate ship shared in the plunder according to the terms of the "Articles" drawn up before a cruise and signed by each member. A share couM be a smaU fortune for the time, but few were able to keep it for very long. "Many a pirate left his ship a wealthy man, only to stagger back a week later broke. Most blew the sudden found riches in one gigan- tic, drunken brawl. Taverns, brothels, and gambling houses could take it all in short order. "The pirate havens in Jamaica were well known for their many taverns, brothels and gambling houses, and Lewestown in 1699 had all but the latter." The paragraphs above end the second chapter of Jack Beach's most recent book, Pirates On The Delaware, copywrited in 1993. Jack, who lives in Rehoboth Beach, has produced a well- researched and interestingly illus- trated 92 page book that gives us an inside look at the many pirates with a relationship to Delaware. He tells of local's involvement with pirates and touches on such famous outlaws as Capt. Kidd, Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet. By setting the historical perspec- tive, Beach provides us with real insight as to how many pirates started out as respectable, well- educated sea captains who sailed the seas during a time when there was much warring on the seas between European sea powers. The fn'st note in the appendix to Pirates On The Delaware gives Captain Kidd's commission from the British admiralty to sail and, ironically, to capture the vessels of a number of other pirates operat- ing on the high seas. He, of course, went on to be hanged him- self as a pirate. This illustration from Pirates On The Delaware shows Capt. Kidd. BAREF00TIN' Note 3 is a reading of William Penn's comments regarding activ- ity in Lewes relating to pirates and Note 7 lists the Pirates Code Of Conduct. The appendix materials make interesting reading along with Beach's many chapters on a wide variety of topics including: Locals Board Kidd's Ship, Lewestown Sacked, 1700-1748, Pirates and Women, Women Pirates and Cali- co Jack, The End Of Privateering, The End of Pirates, Treasure At The Bottom Of The Sea, Buried Pirate Treasure, and many more. Jack Beach's Pirates On The Delaware is available for about $10 at Atlantic Books in Rehoboth, the Book Shelf at Rehoboth Mall, Browseabout Books in Rehoboth, and Dockside Gift Shop in Lewes. Beach's other books on local history include: Cape Henlopen Lighthouse and Delaware Break- water, first publi.hed in 1971, and This Was Rehoboth Beach, first published in 1984. The most recent edition of This Was Rehoboth Beach, 1993, includes five short stories about the resort town by the late Stewart LeCato. Cape Henlopen Lighthouse and Delaware Breakwater was also recently republi.hed. Further information about his books may be had by contacting: John W. Beach, P.O. Box 642, Lewes, DE 19958. DRUG REPORT: They're har- vesting more than just corn in Sus- sex County fields this October. Fetching upwards of $2,000 for a pound when sold on the streets by the ounce, marijuana continues to be a popular backwoods crop in Sussex according to informed sources. There are reportedly a number of small, scattered crops around the county now reaching heights of six to ten feet. Delaware State Police have car- ried out about a half dozen eradi- cation efforts in the past several weeks, primarily in the Slaughter Neck, Milford, and Felton areas. Sources say too that crack cocaine remains rampant through- out Sussex with lots of open air markets still operating. NEW LISTING Angola By The Bay 0 Angola Road West Loads of room. Four bedrooms plus two ;bonus rooms over garage. Two full baths and a powder room. LR, DR, family room, eat-in kitchen, screened porch and fireplace. $159,000. NEW LISTING RBYCC 9 Kensington Road Eight year old, stick built, contemporary ranch home. Three bedroom, 2 baths, new family room, 2 fireplaces, screened porch & deck. Easy access to Rehoboth Beach. $ ] 74,500. 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