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Membership in the Order of Descendants of Pirates & Privateers is open to men and women 21 years of age and over, who are lineally descended from any of the following, of the period 1609-1865:
  • Officers and Crew of Pirate Ships, of any Nation, so long as such Pirates were of, or engaged the American Colonies or Nation.
  • Officers and Crew of American Privateers, including those of the Confederacy,
  • Coastal Raiders,
  • Shore-based parties engaged in the diversion and scuttling of vessels,
  • Any person who engaged in the establishing, supporting, and/or maintaining any of the above. For instance, ship owners, investors, bonders, those issuing Letters of Marque, etc. The involvement must be direct- those merely employed in ship-building do not necessarily qualify.
Members of the Society shall be referred to as "Shipmates."


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To save it to your hard drive:

  1. Click on it with your right mouse button
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    In Netscape - click on "Save Link As"
  3. Keep track of the folder that you save it to, so you can find it easier.
Application Instructions - the instructions you'll need to join.

The Application
P&P_application.doc (81 kb)
P&P_application.pdf (263 kb)

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