Almost anyone today can recognize the Jolly Roger flag made famous by Calico Jack. This pirate, born John Rackham, is relatively noteworthy in pirate history and commemorated with the Calico Jacks The William Model Ship. The flag, shown on the ship, displays a skull with two crossed cutlasses beneath it. This ship features a number of excellent details and has an authentic, iconic appeal to it. Fully assembled, this model ship is ideal for display in your home.
- Fully Assembled, Not a Model Ship Kit
- Crafted from cherry, birch, maple, and rosewood
- Historically Accurate Jolly Roger Flag
- Historically Accurate Coloration
- Constructed using Historic Resources, including Drawings and Paintings of the Original Ship
- Sturdy Wooden Base Features Brass Nameplate
A Brief History of Calico Jack and The William
John Rackham, also known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain during the early 18th century. His nickname was derived from the calico clothing he wore. John Rackham is most remembered for his Jolly Roger flag, featuring a skull and crossed cutlasses, and employing the two notorious female pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, in his crew.
Rackham made a career of plundering small vessels close to shore, which proved his undoing as he cruised Jamaica in the autumn of 1720. He captured numerous small fishing vessels, terrorizing fishermen and women along the northern coastline before coming across a small vessel filled with other English pirates. The nine armed men were invited aboard, but were almost immediately under attack by an armed sloop sent out by Governor Nicholas Lawes.
Rackham and his crew were captured October 1720 by Captain Jonathan Barnet. Rackham and the male members of the crew were tried and convicted in 1720. Rackham was hanged at Gallows-Point in Port Royal. His body was then tarred, hanged in a cage, and gibbeted on display on a very small islet at a main entrance to Port Royal as a warning to other pirates.
- Overall Length: 14 Inches
- Overall Width: 3 Inches
- Overall Height: 12 Inches
- Overall Scale: 1:75