1) There's a book out there, nonfiction, titled Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Search for Treasure, Religious Freedoms--and Revenge. Am I going to read it? Of course I am. There's bound to be a novel or three in there, though I'm probably not the one to write it.
2) Did you know that the British had a piper with them for their landing on Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day? I didn't, either, but that's pretty damn awesome, IMHO.