On September 7, 1695, the treasure laden Ghanjah dhow, the Ganj-i-sawai, (anglicized as the Gunsway), belonging to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, was attacked and captured by a fleet of pirates led by Henry Every. The fleet was led by 5 other pirates. Thomas Tew, aboard the Amity, was known as the Rhode Island Pirate. He had family in Rhode Island and often stopped in Newport. Joseph Faro, aboard the Portsmouth Adventure, was from Newport. Richard Want, captain of the Dolphin, lived in Newport for a time, and was outfitted there and spent his money there as well. William May (or Mayes), aboard the Pearl, was also from Rhode Island and previously served under notorious pirate William Kidd. May later retired in Newport and operated the White Horse Tavern for many years. These 6 pirates made away with £600,000 in precious metals and jewels, equivalent to around £89.6 million today, making Henry Every the richest pirate in the world. This led to a £1,000 bounty being offered by the Privy Council for his capture, and the first worldwide manhunt in recorded history.
The pictures, in order:
1 - The Gunsway Heist, with Captain Henry Every.
2 - Henry Every
3 - Thomas Tew, the Rhode Island Pirate
4 - The White Horse Tavern as it is today