PIRATES: The Last Canadian Hanging

Jordan is Gibbeted


Edward “Ned” Jordan became the first pirate to be hanged in Canada on this day in 1809.

Having killed two crewmen, wounded the captain and taken control of a schooner on which he, his wife, and four children were passengers, Jordan was later captured, tried, convicted and hanged.

Jordan’s body was tarred and gibbeted in accordance with Nova Scotia’s law requiring pirates to be publicly executed and their remains displayed as a warning to other would-be pirates.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at one time featured an exhibit with a recreation of Jordan’s gibbeted corpse.

Read this excellent detailed account: Edward Jordan A Fate Worse Than Death

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