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Ching Shih

To wrap up pirate month Leah talks about the leader of Red Flag Fleet who was so powerful she got a pardon from the Chinese government and got jobs for most of her fleet before retiring into the life of a boss of a gambling den and a Madam. Ching Shih is a true bad-ass who also happened to marry her step-son. It’s just a crazy story, you gotta listen. 

With Zoom video!


  • We’re back on Zoom so that means the YouTube has live video of our silly and beautiful faces!
  • The gal pals this month are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris, and Michelle Hammond
  • Bonnie already talked about Grace O’Malley Michelle talked about Sayyida al Hurra and Katie talked about Anne Bonny
  • Get to know you question – What is the one rule you would have be on your pirate ship?
  • DIY project – build your own plank
  • Leah’s 1 Cool Pirate Gal is Ching Shih
  • Saucy Gals Meeting
  • Your Gal Friday
  • Prostitute on a floating brothel
  • Married in a pirate family
  • Ching’s business savvy and pillow talk
  • At marriage asked for 50% of the pirate share
  • Formed a massive alliance
  • 6 fleets she leads the Red Flag Fleet
  • 70,000 pirates
  • 1,200 ships in the fleet
  • Typhoon takeover
  • Sharing the power and money
  • Cheng Po – adopted son and new husband
  • What they did and who tried to stop them
  • How they were convinced to surrender
  • Pirates turned to government jobs
  • She got a pardon
  • Gave up the pirate life
  • Help the government with military raids
  • Step-son/husband dies at sea
  • His kids are also his siblings?
  • Opened a gambling house and brothel
  • Prostitute –> Pirate –> Pardon –> Madam
  • Three movie tie in books Pirates of the Caribbean Rising in the East, Day of the Shadow, The Price of Freedom
  • Illustration of Ching Shih
  • Family tree
  • Bonnie’s tree


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