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In search of Australia’s only pirate

Archaeologists in Australia are hunting for evidence of the country’s only pirate: Black Jack Anderson.

WA archaeologists, who went to Middle Island – the biggest island in the archipelago – during a recent expedition to the remote area, surveyed what is believed to have been Anderson’s cave in a bay on the south side of the island.

Facing open ocean that stretches to Antarctica, “Black Jack’s bay” can only be accessed in good weather, conditions that are not common in the wild Southern Ocean.

The limestone cave, which leads to chambers and tunnels that go deep into the ridge, is the perfect place for a pirate to hide his loot, as local legend has it.

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Story: Angela Pownall, The West Australian | Photo: The West Australian

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