William Fly


William Fly

William Fly, nacido probablemente en 1699, se convirtió en pirata el 28 de junio de 1726, cuando siendo suboficial a bordo del HMS Elizabeth, organizó un motín por las crueles condiciones a las que era sometida la tripulación de dicha nave y se hizo con el mando de ella.

Los marineros del Elizabeth fueron los primeros que utilizaron la famosa Jolly Roger (bandera con los dibujos de la calavera y las tibias cruzadas). La nave pasó a llamarse Fames' Revenge y se dedicaron desde aquel momento a la piratería. William Fly capturó cinco barcos, pero fueron hechos prisioneros por un motín de marineros pertenecientes a las naves apresadas y que fueron enrolados a la fuerza.

Conducido a Boston, fue procesado por homicidio y piratería. Fly fue ejecutado el 12 de julio de 1726.


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