- The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana)
- 12 Jan 1936, Sun
- hopefully not already here taking forever to cut and post
In widowhood, Mary returned to her male disguise. She briefly joined the military service in Holland before boarding a ship sailing for the West Indies and starting her career on the high seas. This ship had not travelled far before it was plundered by English pirates, who took Mary as part of their crew. Mary fell into a life of piracy until sometime between 1717 and 1719, when the king issued a pardon to any pirate willing to surrender. Mary’s crew accepted this pardon and returned to dry land where they lived until their money grew short.