In the first scene we are taken on to the deck of Capt. LaFette's ship at the time a furious battle is raging between his crew and that of Blackbeard's, a rival buccaneer. There is the flash of cutlasses, hand-to-hand struggling between men with bare backs. Blackbeard is defeated; the leaders join hands later and agree to join forces. Then follows another battle quite as exciting and furious and even more pitiable, for the victims include innocent men, sailors under the English captain and a woman and a child. The woman, wife of the captain, is slain before his eyes while defending her baby boy. LaFette decides to adopt the little fellow. Twelve years pass and the boy, now a man, deplores his lot, finding consolation only in the tintype portrait of his dead mother. He has never actually served with the pirates in their desperate deeds. Blackbeard attempts to force LaFette to compel the boy to fight without success. There is a shore leave for the men. The boy is forced to accompany the...
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