Captain John Phillips

Captain John Phillips: pirate 1723-1724, with whom Captain John Nutt II sailed as his navigator.  He hailed from Devon and the Exe Estuary and sailed from Topsham to Newfoundland to fish; and there he turned to piracy with five other men on 29th August 1723.  During a mutiny in April 1724 he was thrown overboard off the North American coast near Boston, by a fellow crew member and presumed drowned.  It was usual that when a pirate ship was captured, the Articles of Association were destroyed or thrown overboard so there was no written evidence to link the crew to piracy.  Captain John Phillips Articles were some of the few that survived.