Rackam, John [nicknamed Calico Jack]
- W. R. Meyer
- , revised by Randolph Cock
Rackam, John [nicknamed Calico Jack] (d. 1720), pirate, was quartermaster under Charles Vane, one of the leaders of the New Providence ‘pirate republic’, when, in November 1718, he challenged Vane's decision not to attack a French frigate in the Windward passage, and was elected captain in his place. Essentially a small-time and not particularly bloodthirsty pirate, who preyed mostly on fishing boats and small coastal vessels, his main claim to fame is that his ship was the one in which two female pirates, ...