Since the start of mankind using ships for transport, there have been individuals who have sought to profit from raiding the ships. For centuries, pirates have sailed the seas in search of other ships carrying treasure, food, or other valuables. Often times, when they encounter a ship, they get these items by any means necessary, sometimes holding the crew for ransom or selling them into slavery. Simply put, the act of piracy is theft of property at sea. It’s a risky business and throughout history, most pirates have faced disease, starvation, and death. At Pirates Lair, explore the life of a pirate. See the weapons that they used, read about the famous women who sailed the seas as pirates, and learn about other pirate culture as well as the famous Blackbeard.