Woodes Rogers, Black Sails character.

In the tv series, Black Sails, Woodes Rogers was a pirate played by actor Luke Roberts.

The Pirate Woodes Rogers.

Rogers came from an affluent seafaring family, grew up in Poole & Bristol, and served a marine apprenticeship to a Bristol sea captain. His father held shares in many ships, but he died when Rogers was in his mid-twenties, leaving Rogers in control of the family shipping business.

In 1707, Rogers was approached by Captain William Dampier, who sought support for a privateering voyage against the Spanish, with whom the British were at war. Rogers led the expedition, which consisted of two well-armed ships, Duke & Duchess, he was the captain of Duke. In three years, Rogers & his men went around the world, capturing several ships in the Pacific Ocean. En route, the expedition rescued Selkirk, finding him on Juan Fernandez Island on 1 February 1709. When the expedition returned to England in October 1711, Rogers had circumnavigated the globe, while retaining his original ships & most of his men, the investors in the expedition doubled their money.

The expedition made Rogers a national hero, but his brother was killed & Rogers was badly wounded in fights in the Pacific. On his return, he was successfully sued by his crew on the grounds that they had not received their fair share of the expedition profits & Rogers was forced into bankruptcy. He wrote of his maritime experiences in the book A Cruising Voyage Round the World, which sold well, in part due to public fascination at Selkirk's rescue.

Rogers was twice appointed Governor of the Bahamas, where he succeeded in warding off threats from the Spanish & in ridding the colony of pirates. However, his first term as governor was financially ruinous, on his return to England, he was imprisoned for debt. During his second term as governor Rogers died in Nassau at the age of about 53.