8 Ancient Pirate Mysteries That Were Never Solved

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Back in the past, as the sailing technology was gradually developing, many people set off to explore the seas and oceans for various purposes. Some wanted to discover and colonize new lands, others were trying to profit from trading with other nations. But, hidden in the shadows, there were some people whose only goal was to get rich by plundering and stealing at sea. Those nasty and merciless people were known as pirates, and they were mostly active from the 1600s to early 1700s. In addition to true stories and records about their greed, cruelty and brutality, a number of eerie mysteries still surrounds them and the waters they used to terrorize.


Blackbeard's Ghost Ship

Back in the pirate era, Topsail Island was among the favorite locations for pirates, as it enabled them to stay hidden as long as necessary, then ambush and attack their shocked victims. Blackbeard, whose full name was Edward Teach, was among the most infamous pirates to attack this way. Even though he died a long time ago, most modern sailors who happen to pass close to Topsail Island have claimed that their radar detected a ship, but no one actually managed to spot it. When they sailed closer to the island, the radar blip started to close in on them at increasing speed, only to disappear as if nothing had happened. The legend says that Blackbeard's ship is still out there, restlessly haunting the area.


Treasure Island

In 1795, Daniel McGinnis was exploring Oak Island, located close to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia when he stumbled across a large dip in the soil. McGinnis started to dig, only to discover something strange. At every 10 feet, planks of oak were set into the ground. Upon removing some of them, he found a rock and saw some strange carvings on it. The carvings indicated a path to a buried treasure that was hidden in the ground below. Supposedly, as he tried to remove more planks, water started to fill up the hole and he couldn't reach the treasure. Unfortunately, neither McGinnis nor anyone else has managed to find the treasure to this day.


Olivier Levasseur’s Cryptogram

Olivier Levasseur was a famous pirate from the 1700s who often went by the nickname "The Mouth" or "The Buzzard" due to his brutal and quick ways of raiding victims and eliminating enemies. According to the legend, Levasseur managed to conceal the largest treasure in the history of pirates, and after he hid it, he made a complicated cryptogram which contained the treasure's location. Levasseur inserted this cryptogram into a necklace, and just before his death, he threw it into a crowd of spectators who were watching his execution. Before he was about to die, the notorious pirate shouted: “Find my treasure, the one who may understand it.” However, no one has managed to decode the cryptogram yet.



Libertatia was a free colony established by pirates in the 1600s on Madagascar, founded by Captain James Misson. Even though it's existence has not been proven, it is said that the pirates who were part of Libertatia invented their own language, economy and democratic values which strictly opposed the constructs of the time. On one journey, Misson encountered Caraccioli, a priest whose greatest inspiration was “Utopia” written by Thomas More. The friar had radical but at the same time progressive ideas about the establishment of this new pirate utopia, which were soon adopted by Misson himself. The essence of their ideas was equal rights and liberties; thus, all the duties and responsibilities were equally divided among 200 pirates who joined the colony. The legend also states that the pirates were strictly opposed to slavery and that they captured many slave ships on their missions.