Queen Teuta – – 232 BC to 228 BC, Adriatic Sea.
Sela – – 420 AD
Wigbiorg – – around 704 AD, Nordic.
Hetha – – around 704 AD, Nordic.
Wisna – – around 704 AD, Nordic.
Alfhild (aka AElfhild, Alwilda, Alvilda) – – post-850 AD, Sweden.
Ladgerda – – c. 870 AD.
Æthelflaed, "Lady of the Mercias."
Grace O'Malley, a.k.a. Granuaile – –1500s, Atlantic, commanded three galleys and 200 men.
Anne Bonny – – 1720, Caribbean.
Mary Read – – 1720, Caribbean.
Mary Harvey (or Harley) alias Mary Farlee – – 1726.
Mary Crickett (or Crichett) – – 1728
Rachel Wall – – 1780s, sailed from Massachusetts.
Anonymous female commander of French privateer LA BAUGOURT – – 1805.
Catherine Hagerty – –1806, Australia and New Zealand.
Charlotte Badger
Margaret Jordan – – 1809, Canada.
Cheng I Sao (Ching Yih Saou) – – 1810s, South China Sea, commanded 800 large junks, 1,000
smaller vessels, and 80,000 men and women.
Ki Ming
T'ang Ch'en Ch'iao (nicknamed "Golden Grace")
Honcho Lo – – supporter of the Chinese revolution, took over command on husband's death in 1921
Wong – – who united her 50 ship fleet with Honcho Lo's 64 junks
Lai Sho Sz'en (Lai Choi San) – – 1922-1939, South China Sea, commanded 12 junks.
P'en Ch'ih Ch'iko – – commanded 100 pirates in 1936
Huang P'ei-mei – – leader of 50,000, pirate from 1937 on into the 1950's
Female Pirates
1807-09 Commander of the Red Flag Fleet and Leader of the Pirate Confederation Ching
Shih, China

Also known as Cheng I Sao, she took over as leader of the enormous pirate fleet which
included between 1.500 and 1.800 ships and 80.000 male and female pirates when her
husband, Cheng I, was killed in a typhoon in 1807.  virtually every Chinese vessel passing
the coast paid protection money. After Cheng Shih became leader of the pirates she issued
a code of laws that added even more power to the pirate confederation. The code was
short and severe. Anyone caught giving commands on his own or disobeying those of a
superior was to be decapitated. It was a capital offence to pilfer from the common treasury
or steal from the villagers who regularly supplied the pirates. Desertion or absence without
leave resulted in a man's ear being cut off and his being paraded through his squadron.
Raping female captives was also a capital offence, and if there was fornication by mutual
consent, the pirate was to be beheaded and the female captive cast overboard with a
weight on her legs. The pirate confederation was so strong that for years it held power
over the Chinese military along the coast, and they made an alliance with the western
powers and in 1809 the pirates were defeated. Nothing is known about what happened to
her afterwards.
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In the Orient....
Both Mary Read and Anne Bonney were F-M transvestites. For a long time they sailed
dressed as boys and men before revealing their real sexual identity. Then one day Mary
Read during a duel and with her oponent on the ground, ripped open her shirt baring her
breasts. The shocked man was for a moment unable to defend himself and was run
through by Mary's sword as she screamed, 'Know that you died by the sword of a
After that she started to dress as a woman, as did Anne Bonny.
Who's who list of Female Pirates
Mary Read                 and                   Anne Bonny.
Grace O'Mally.... The most
audacious Female Pirate of all
times.  Click pic to see her page.
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