Bully Hayes

Bully Hayes


William Henry "Bully" Hayes (c. 1829 - +/-1877 ) was a South Sea pirate born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is sometimes referred to as "the last of the Buccaneers". He earned his nickname "Bully" as a result of his rude behaviour toward his crew, although toward others he could be very charming if he chose to be.

With his ship, "Leonora", he mainly ran trading missions throughout Oceania specializing in rum and rifles, but he was not averse to blackbirding (slave trading) and filibustering (privateering).

The "Leonora" was shipwrecked in 1874 [ [http://www.janesoceania.com/oceania_hayes/index1.htm Account of Bully Hayes' voyages] ] at what is now the Utwe-Walong Marine Park on Kosrae [ [http://kosraenautilus.com/attractions.html Kosrae Nautilus Resort] ] . Bully Hayes was murdered around 1877 by former crewman Peter Radeck, or "Dutch Pete", after a violent disagreement, his body thrown into the ocean.

Popular culture

The adventures of "Bully" were the subject of the 1983 pirate adventure film "Nate and Hayes", also known as "Savage Islands", which starred Tommy Lee Jones as Hayes.


External links

* [http://www.pohnpeiheaven.com/earlycontact18.htm Hayes biography at Pohnpei Heaven]
* [http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040413b.htm Hayes biography at Australian Dictionary of Biography On-line]
* [http://www.micronesiagrandtour.com/legends.html Bully, Leonora and the lost treasure]

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