I expect with the recapturing today of the most recent ship seized by the Somali pirates off the coast of West East Africa some energetic wordsmith is likely already cranking out a potboiler for the domestic paperback market.
The purpose of the cranking, no doubt, to demonstrate that some still have the spirit of Governor Spotswood and Maynard, though the current little adventure will likely not result in anything as dramatic as having Edward Teach's (a.k.a. Blackbeard) head mounted on a pike somewhere around present day Newport News, Virginia.
Anyway, with pirates on my mind, I pulled down from one of my bookshelves Marcus Rediker's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 (boy I haven't read this for awhile) to look at his chapter on The Seaman as Pirate - Plunder and Social Banditry at Sea.
But, back to now and Somalia, Joe Scheslinger has a slightly different take on pirates, at least how they may have got started in returning us to the 18th and 19th centuries.