A true and certaine report of the beginning, proceedings, ouerthrowes, and now present estate of Captaine Ward and Danseker, the two late famous pirates from their first setting foorth to this present time. As also the firing of 25. saile of the Tunis, men of warre: together with the death of diuers of Wards chiefe captaines. Published by Andrew Barker master of a ship, who was taken by the confederates of Ward, and by them some time detained prisoner.
Barker, Andrew, fl. 1609.

Of the Pirate Danser.

THis Simon Danser, another Arch-pirate, was some∣times belonging to Flushing, where hauing serued the States, vpon a discontent hee went to Marseles in France, where leauing his wife and sonne, hee came to Page  [unnumbered] petuall slauery, and there remaine in the Galli••. This Boniton was one of the Ireland Pirates, whose purpose was to goe vnto the Straits to learne newes. But you haue heard how it prooued to his cost.

Not long after, the Moone of Amsterdam, a Ship that the Frenchmen bought, and set foorth from Newhauen, a vessell of 5. 02600. Tuns, which they furnished most nobly forth, and sent her to the Straits, who by good hap, met with the ship of Tunis which tooke me prisoner. Whereof Graues was Master, who in fight ouercom∣ming him, they carried to Marselis, for so was the newes at Tunis, when my men were there, and were se∣conded for truth vpon their comming away. So that I make no doubt but they haue put him to death, and his Turks with him, which were about an hundred Infidels, are all made slaues. But the last and best newes is, that the Spanish nauy hath been in the road of Tunis, & there found riding fourtéene Saile of great Ships for men of warre to go toward the bottome of the Gulfe, and twelue or thirteene Saile of smaller, with men of warre to lie to the westward, and about the Ilands of Sardmia maiork and miniake, all which Ships my men which were se∣condly taken in a French ship in their passage homwards and carried backe againe to Tunis, did see thus prepa∣ring.

So that I hope since the report holds, that the Spani∣ards haue beene in that road, and burnt twenty fiue saile of Ships, it is infallibly true, that both Ward and his as∣sistants are at length depriued of most of their strength, or at least so infeebled, that they shall neuer bee able to carrie such sway againe. Further, it is for certaine, that the said fleet is busie in the search of Danser, and disper∣sed onely in seuerall places to cut him and his forces off. Of all which proceedings of Ward, Danser, or their Con∣federates, which I haue either séene, or by other mens knowledge heard, I haue truly giuen you to vnderstand.

Page  [unnumbered] Which paines of mine, if it be either welcome to you, or acceptable to the world, your friend is satisfied, and ac∣counts it well bestowed.

Whereas it was reported in a former booke, that the Yorke Bonauenture (of which I was master) carried fifteene cast peeces at the time of her ta∣king, she had scarce fiue which shee could vse, or were fit for seruice.

Andrew Barker.