“Charles Gibbs”


The pirate admits, "No pity have I ever shown, Lord, who would pity me, But here I lie and long to die." He tells of his adventures with his "bloody knife."


A native of Rhode Island, Charles Gibbs served in the War of 1812, then turned Argentine privateer and, eventually, pirate. He quickly became notorious for his brutality, and serious efforts were made to capture him. An attempt in 1821 failed, but he was taken and hanged in 1831. If the stories of his torture and rape of those he captured are true, the punishment probably was deserved. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1831 - Death of Charles Gibbs


  1. Chappell-FSRA 28, "Charles Gibbs" (1 fragment)
  2. Roud #16892
  3. BI, CFRA028


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (collected from Charles Tillett)
Keywords: pirate prison
Found in: US(SE)