A handful of pirates became more renowned than others because of their larger-than-life adventures or their singular accomplishments or failures. A few pirates, such as William Dampier, would become known in scientific and seafaring circles for their observations and navigational skills. Others entered piracy and privateering after long and reputable careers as naval officers and shipping merchants. Still others, such as Woodes Rogers, would find themselves appointed to powerful political positions. Pirates and privateers came from all walks of life, and some established reputations that would be recorded in history and legend.