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The Captain Kidd Inn at Wapping


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The Captain Kidd public house on the River Thames at Wapping. It is close to where Execution Dock stood where pirates were hanged.
Captain William Kidd was a Scottish colonial ship-owner in 1690s' New York. He became a privateer (to hunt and capture pirates) and later turned to piracy himself; he was arrested, convicted and hanged at Wapping on May 23 1701. During his execution the rope broke; he was hanged on the second attempt. His body remained on the gallows until it had been washed by three tides; it was then tarred (for preservation) and placed in gibbets for public display at Tilbury Point in Essex to discourage other pirates.

28th Aug 2007

Geography, History

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

london, captain kidd, pirates,wapping, river thames, execution dock

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