Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas.
Book Talk

Thursday March 8 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets

Join the Seaport Museum as author Laura Sook Duncombe discusses her book Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas. Duncombe explores the lives of women that lived as pirates, even including from the seaport at South Street. Women cast off tradition and took to the sea for many reasons: money, adventure, freedom, love, revenge.This first-ever comprehensive survey shares the stories of women, both real and legendary, that history has largely ignored.

“Thoroughly researched and enthrallingly written. Duncombe shows love and mastery of the subject in equal measure.”
—Jason Porath, author of Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

For as long as there has been a sea to sail upon, there have been pirates. But what do we really know about pirates, beyond peg legs, parrots, eye patches and Captain Hook? Most of the popular images of pirates come from the Golden Age, a small segment of piratical history which spanned from the 1650s to the 1730s in the Caribbean. But pirates have originated around the world, in every century, in every color, age, and creed imaginable. And—surprise!—women pirates have fought alongside men since ancient times, despite the belief in many cultures that women at sea were bad luck. In some cases, the female pirates even commanded the men.

Pirate Women explores why and how these stories are told and passed down—and how history changes depending on who is recording it. It’s perfect for pirate fans, feminists, maritime scholars and anyone who wants to learn about fascinating women largely lost to history.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Books on sale at the event. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Reception to follow book Launch.


By subway:

  • Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
  • Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach the museum. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.
    By bus:

  • Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding.
  • Walk one block east.
    By ferry:

  • The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.
  • From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes.
  • Once at Fulton Street, turn left. The Visitor Center (12 Fulton Street) is about a half block west.
  • From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.

  • Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just one block from the museum. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.

    *As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit