A Pirate's Fate

Halifax ~ A Pirate’s Fate

Piracy was robbery at sea and was considered so serious that the penalty was not only death but also ritualistic execution. A special Admiralty Court tried and executed pirates. After they were hanged on the beach between high and low tide, their bodies were tarred and hung in chains called a “gibbet” at the harbour entrance as a warning to other mariners.

This is a replica of the pirate Edward Jordan executed in Halifax in 1809. He was “gibbeted” at Black Rock in Point Pleasant Park. The same year, the Royal Navy also gibbeted four mutineers on McNabs Island. Any ship entering Halifax Harbour in 1809 was greeted by this gauntlet of rotting corpses swinging in the wind. Jordan’s skull was later retrieved and given to the Nova Scotia Museum.