Captain Sharkey

Pirate Jack Sharkey, a wanted man, a rogue and a miscreant. He is first introduced in “The Governor of St. Kitts” as a master of disguise and deception as he poses as the governor in order to escape Basseterre prison and gain passage aboard a ship to England. When he reveals himself he is described to have a high, bold forehead, ivory complexion and shifty blue eyes with the rims of a Bull Terrier.

Sharkey Facts


The Sharkey tales are centered around the year 1720, and from the North American coast south into the Caribbean Sea.


In composing the Sharkey adventures, Conan Doyle would have almost certainly having consulted Charles Johnson’s extremely popular General History of the Pyrates published in 1764.


Sharkey’s ship, the “ambiguously-named” Happy Delivery, is a sleek black barque, a “ship of death” the very sight of which terrifies experienced mariners.

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McClures Magazine

Illustration (1897)

George H. Doran Company

The Dealings of Captain Sharkey (1925)

The Governor of St Kitts

McClures Magazine (1897)

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