CAPTAIN JOHN PHILLIPS was a real pirate who sailed as captain of the Revenge from 1721-1724.
He was an English carpenter by trade, who turned to piracy under command of Anstis. He stole his own vessel and began as pirate captain for the renamed, Revenge in 1721. Rumors state that John Phillips was killed by his crew … but that claim has never been verified. John Phillips disappeared in 1724 and was never heard from again.
“It always matters, lass. History will be written again and again in these logs. The tale of the Revenge lies in my quill and I cannot foul her name with poor accuracy. This log is the only record we have — save for the tales of the men and you know how tainted their stories grow with time and rum.”
An audible gasp sounded and John Deale grasped Phillips’ hand, shaking it heartily.
“Indeed I would, sir!”
Evidence that this would be his last act of mercy was clear, as he obviously expected her to finish the job as the ship’s healer. The other men had withdrawn, wide-eyed and terrified. Gristle and bone splintered and cracked, shooting missiles through the air that landed in the widening pool of warm sticky crimson below the Captain’s boots. One of the large pirates turned his head and vomited, never releasing his hold on the unconscious man under his grip.