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A Man of Desperate Fortune The Career and Trial of John Vidal

John Vidal's career as a pirate was short-lived and comedic. For one week in 1727, Vidal, who called Bath home, attempted to raid Ocracoke Inlet just after the Gold Age of Piracy. His acts of piracy around the inlet were brought to trial on August 15, 1727 in front of Virginia's Acting Royal Governor. Where Vidal was unfortunate in piracy, he was fortunate in the Governor's ruling which initially was execution but Vidal was later pardoned.
Tributaries (NoCar Ref VK 24 N8 T74), Vol. Issue 12, October 2004, p6-17, il
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