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List of 9 Most Famous Pirates in World History

#9. James “Shanghai” Kelly (United States, 1830-1892)

James "Shanghai" Kelly (United States, 1830-1892) - 9 Most Famous Pirates

A legendary figure in San Francisco history who owned several boarding houses and saloons, Kelly was renowned for his ability to supply men to understaffed ships. He was reported to have shanghaied 100 men for three ships in a single evening, by hosting a free booze cruise to celebrate his “birthday”, then serving opium-laced whiskey to knock out his guests.
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