Captain John Sharkey, Conan Doyle’s ruthless pirate villain, appeared in four short stories, three in 1897 and one in 1911.
You can read the stories here: https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php/Sir_Arthur_Conan_Doyle:Captain_Sharkey
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Set in the early years of the eighteenth century, after 'the great Wars of the Spanish Succession has been brought to an end by the Treaty of Utrecht,' the four story saga of the notorious pirate Captain John Sharkey charts his brutal exploits throughout the Caribbean and beyond, including his near-fatal encounter with Sir Charles Ewan, the Governor of St. Kitts, the double-dealing of the pirate-turned-Sharkey hunter Stephen Craddock, the vengeful mission of the tragic Copley Banks, and the hidden terror of the Portabello with its beautiful and insidiously deadly cargo...
Writing and publication history
A Rover Chanty (The Speaker, 27 June 1896) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=A_Rover_Chanty
Tales of the High Seas No. 1: The Governor of St. Kitts (Pearson’s Magazine, January 1897) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=The_Governor_of_St._Kitt%27s
Tales of the High Seas No. 2: The Two Barques (Pearson’s Magazine, March 1897) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=The_Two_Barques
Tales of the High Seas No. 3: The Voyage of Copley Banks (Pearson’s Magazine, May 1897) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=The_Voyage_of_Copley_Banks
The Blighting of Sharkey (Pearson’s Magazine, April 1911) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=The_Blighting_of_Sharkey
Pirates before Sharkeyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Defoe
Captain Charles Johnson, A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates (1724). Authorship disputed – some say it is Defoe - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_General_History_of_the_Pyrates
Walter Scott, The Pirate (1822) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_(novel)
Captain Frederick Marryat, The Pirate (1836) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Marryat
Edgar Allan Poe, The Gold-Bug (1843) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gold-Bug
Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1881-2, 1883) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae (1889) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_of_Ballantrae
Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance (1879) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirates_of_Penzance
Pirates after Sharkeyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Sabatini
Emilio Salgari, The Black Corsair (1898); the Sandokan novels (1883-1913) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilio_Salgari
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan (1904-11) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Pan
William Hope Hodgson, The Ghost Pirates (1909) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hope_Hodgson
William Clark Russell, The Frozen Pirate (1887) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Clark_Russell
Russell Thorndike, Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh (1915) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Syn
Other Conan Doyle works referenced
Through the Magic Door (1907) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=Through_the_Magic_Door
Mr Stevenson’s Methods in Fiction (1890) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=Mr._Stevenson%27s_Methods_in_Fiction
The Five Orange Pips (1891) - https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=The_Five_Orange_Pips
A couple of slip-ups. Mark mentioned that Copley Banks' wife and daughter were murdered by Sharkey; it was actually his wife and two sons. Also Poe's The Gold Bug was first published in 1843 (corrected above) and not 1853.
Next time on the Doings of Doyle…
Conan Doyle’s not-so-festive short story, An Exciting Christmas Eve, or, My Lecture on Dynamite (1883). Read it here: https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php?title=An_Exciting_Christmas_Eve
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