Nobody keeps records like these, but one veteran admiralty law lawyer guesses that the pirates who recently commandeered the Saudi supertanker Sirius Star probably took the biggest haul of booty in 500 years. "You have not seen this level of piracy since Sir Francis Drake was seizing Spanish galleons loaded with doubloons," says Brewster Jamieson, a shareholder on the admiralty law team at Lane Powell, a Seattle firm with offices throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Biggest Haul by Pirates Since Sir Francis Drake's Day?
The National Law Journal
November 24, 2008