The earliest known works of incised pictorial scrimshaw date from as early as 1817. Edward Burdett (1805-1833), the first known American scrimshaw artist, and one of the best, began scrimshandering around 1824. Scrimshaw of these early whalemen, or scrimshanders as they were known, featured nautical designs–whales, wharf scenes, battles at sea. Although most whalemen created scrimshaw as homecoming presents for loved ones, some sold their work in a foreign ports, if they needed cash.
Barbary Pirates-- sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were pirates & privateers who operated from North Africa, based primarily in the ports of Salé, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast, a term derived from the name of its Berber inhabitants. Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa's Atlantic seaboard & even South America, & into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland, but the
Blackbeard (c. 1680 –1718) was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Blackbeard's vessel, the Queen Anne's Revenge, had 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate. His nickname was derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies.