Monday, June 12, 2017

Connecticut pirates at New Haven's Pardee-Morris House

Renwick Griswold. Credit: Jason Ulm
NEW HAVEN - Connecticut has seen its share of pirates and privateers over the years and the New Haven Museum informs us that "according to Renwick Griswold, rumors still circulate of treasure buried by Captain Kidd near the Connecticut River."
Now, Griswold, a "descendant of woman wooed with the aid of a large diamond stolen from one of Captain Kidd’s stashes, and author of 'Connecticut Pirates and Privateers: Treachery and Treasure in the Constitution State,' will bring tales of mariners, 'ooncussers' and mutiny to the Pardee-Morris House" at 2 p.m. July 9, according to a release
The Pardee-Morris House is at 325 Lighthouse road.
"The author of several books relating to the Connecticut River, Griswold is also an associate professor of sociology at the University of Hartford, with a signature class is the sociology of the Connecticut River. He is commodore of the Connecticut River Drifting Society, and has been a short order cook, yacht deliverer, commercial fisherman, truck driver, construction worker, dock pounder, and non-profit executive," the release said.
During his presentation Griswold will discuss historically famous pirates with Connecticut connections—ranging from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd—and explain the role of privateers in United States history. Privateers were essentially government-sanctioned pirates, mariners given license to plunder the fleets of whatever country one’s kingdom was warring with at the moment.
Further, the museum noted its thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, East Shore Management Team, and Morris Cove neighbors, including the DeCola Family, Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring, for supporting the 2017 summer season, the release said..
For a list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: Sign up for e-blasts at, or call the Museum at 203-562-4183
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