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Thomas Pound

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Thomas Pound (?? - 1703), also known as Thomas Pounds and Thomas Ponnd was a British buccaneer who raided the coast of New England during the year of 1689. Pound was born in England and soon joined the Royal Navy where he became a junior officer and a naval cartographer that was stationed out of the port of Boston in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The following document is a map stored at the Library of Congress drawn by Pound.

Map of the New England Coastline - Thomas Pound ()

Pound decided to become a buccaneer on 8 August 1689 when he was aboard a ship with six other sailors while it was anchored off Lovell's Island. While the ship was anchored five buccaneers boarded the boat and seized it from the captain. Pound had previously set this up with the buccaneers and the buccaneers sailed off. Pound cruised along the coast of Massachusetts where they came upon a fishing ship but failed to take the ship and instead legally purchased some mackerel from the fisherman for 8 pennies.

Next Pound headed north to the port of Falmouth and recruited a crew of buccaneers. Some soldiers had deserted the local colonial fort and were eager to join. With his bolstered crew the buccaneers next attacked a sloop named Good Speed off the coast of Cape Code and went on to capture a brigantine named Merrimack along with many other ships off the coast of British North America. As the buccaneers exploits became well known in the area the Massachusetts governor sent out pirate hunters to capture them.

Capture & Fate

The governor commissioned the sloop-of-war named the Mary to find Pound and the buccaneers. On 4 October of 1689 the pirate hunters discovered Pound and his buccaneers anchored off Naushon Island and confronted them. The buccaneers put up a fight and there were heavy losses on both sides. Pound was hit by several musket-balls and the captain of the Mary was dead. As it became clear the buccaneers were outnumbered they eventually surrendered.

After being captured Pound and his crew were brought to Boston and imprisoned on charges of piracy. On 13 January 1690 Pound was found guilty of piracy and sentenced to death. The judge ordered Pound placed on a ship and sent to England where his execution would occur. However, during the course of the voyage across the Atlantic the British ship transporting him came under attack by French privateers. Pound was released on the condition he aid in the defense of the ship and served the Royal Navy admirably that day.

Following the successful repelling of the French privateers the captain of the ship recommended his sentence be commuted and he was released from prison after a short incarceration. Eventually Pound even had his naval rank restored and was given command of his own ship. He is one of the rare pirates to enter back into Royal Navy service after leaving it, although his career was short enough it may have been overlooked. He is also an unusual buccaneer in that he did not ply the West Indies or partake in any pillaging of towns. Pound later died in 1703.

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