Britain suffers its first pirate attack in 200 years

Britain has suffered its first pirate attack for almost 200 years.

Though these modern pirates aren't as brave as they used to be - pirates 200 years ago would have had to have nerves of steel to dare to take on the Royal Navy.

This was the first recorded pirate attack to hit the British coastline since the 1820s.

These modern day pirates struck on the River Mersey in Liverpool...

The pirates of the River Mersey

Skull-duggery ... map shows latest attacks, but Liverpool piracy was more Sparrow or Pugwash than Blackbeard

The Sun

BRITAIN has suffered its first PIRATE attack in nearly 200 years — on the Mersey in Liverpool.

A cargo ship was boarded by two Scousers disguised as deck hands.

But they left with nothing after crew rumbled the pair and chased them off.

The ship’s foreign owner reported the raid to the International Chamber of Commerce’s Maritime Bureau.


Officials logged it as an “attempted pirate attack”, making it the first recorded incident to hit our coastline since the 1820s.

It means Britain joins notorious piracy hotspots around the world on the ICC’s map of the latest attacks.

The Liverpool raid — among 110 across the globe in the last year — was rumbled when the moored ship’s lookout officer saw two men acting suspiciously on the dockside.

When the pair tried to board they were confronted and asked for ID. After failing to produce any, they made off down the gangplank. One was arrested, but his partner escaped.

An ICC source said: “The last real act of piracy on Britain’s shores was so long ago that records are very sketchy.

“In the heyday of piracy — during the late 1700s and early 1800s — it was known for merchant ships to be attacked by particularly daring brigands. But I doubt if anyone would have tried what these two chaps did at that time in history given the reputation of our Royal Navy back then.

“If a pirate was caught there was very little mercy shown.” The source added: “These guys were hardly from the Captain Blackbeard school of piracy — in fact they were more like Captain Pugwash. They were dressed up as stevedores — deck hands — but the disguises weren’t great and they got rumbled before they’d barely set foot on deck.

"In all honesty, it probably goes down as one of the worst pirate attacks in history. Even Captain Jack Sparrow would be embarrassed by their efforts.”

An ICC spokesman said yesterday: “The police were alerted immediately and this was formally categorised as an attempted pirate attack after we received a report from the ship’s owners.”
One fudged attack, puts them on the hot-spot list...So I guess it's either hot-or-not in the ICC
Actually pirates are alive and well on the high seas. From what I've read, they like electronics, money and some booze if you've got some. There are hot spots around Jamaica, Haiti, Indonesia and the African coast especially Somalia. Rare are accounts of them taking the whole yacht, but those who have shot at them, have lost their boats and some even their lives.

Most places are fine if you observe a few guidelines. Insure your boat, travel hotspots as part of a flotilla, attempt to be inconspicuous when ashore in areas that have a known pirate problem.

You are actually at a far higher risk living in a major city like Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver to run afoul of ner-do-wells than at sea.
Have you ever been attacked by pirates while sailing the seven seas, Unforgiven?
Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

One fudged attack, puts them on the hot-spot list...So I guess it's either hot-or-not in the ICC

anywhere that the rate of attack jumps by 100% is considered a hot spot
What's 100% of zero???

Like I said, I guess it's all or nothing.
well, the rates were 100% lower the year before, thus, they must be 100% higher this year. Statistics are a fun thing. lol.
I believe this is where the Mark Twain quote applies

One attack in the last 200 years, a hot spot??? Those dramatic Britons

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