Tuesday December 1, 2020

Dramatic account of those taken in Sack of Baltimore

CORSAIR. By Tim Severin, Macmillan, €15.

11th August, 2007

CORSAIR. By Tim Severin, Macmillan, €15.

On June 20, 1631, Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, a Dutch corsair also flying under false colours as Murat Reis, sailed by night into Baltimore, west Cork and kidnapped 108 people.

They ended up as galley slaves - or worse - in north Africa. In the words of Thomas Davis’s poem, one woman who stabbed the dey when put in his harem ‘‘only smiled, O’Driscoll’s child, and thought of Baltimore’’ as they led...

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