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Avast ye! In simple English “stop and check this out”! The real pirates of history weren’t glamorized rock stars. They were bloody robbers and murders. In most movies they are portrayed as such but romantically disillusioned. For instance, in all history there is no evidence of pirates having to walk the plank. Walking the plank is not heinous enough. Instead pirates would just give the person a “heave to” by picking them up and throwing them over board while being tied to a rope connected underneath the ship.
A pirate isn’t a pirate without a ship. They could modify their ship without the permission of an owner or Admiralty. This allowed for changes that were more efficient in battle. The most used ships in the Golden Age of Piracy were the Spanish Galleon and sloop. The galleon was fast and sleek while the sloop was one of the smallest of the pirate ships, but was a “clipper”, a fast sailing ship. Pirate ships had to be sturdy and spacious for all the pillaging. Thar be pirates to this day.
Here is some information on some of the most notorious pirate ships in history:
Queen Anne's Revenge
The Queen Anne’s Revenge has had many names before it became the infamous Blackbeard’s ship. The Ship originally launched in 1710 as Concord then 1711 as La Concord. Blackbeard captured the ship in 1717 and it officially became The Queen Anne's Revenge. Blackbeard attacked British, Portuguese and Dutch ships all across the Africa and the Caribbean. The most notorious battle for Queen Anne’s Revenge was the blockade of Charleston in 1718.
The Adventure Galley wasn’t always a pirate ship. This England ship of 238 tons and 34 cannons was given to Captain Kidd by the King of England’s officers. Captain Kidd was a hardworking, honest captain and friend to many prominent officials. It was soon after setting sail that most of his men was drafted by the HMS Duchess. His new crew consisted of gangs and criminals. The new crew wanted Kidd to become a pirate. Kidd resisted, but sometime after killing the ships gunner in self-defense things changed. Adventure Galley became a pirate ship. The greatest victory for the Adventure Galley was the capture of the Quedagh Merchant in 1698.
The Revenge/ Formally Caroline
John Gow seized the Caroline on November 3, 1724. Captain John Gow and crew renamed the vessel The Revenge. The Revenge is famous for piracy in Spain, Portugal and France. Gow planned to “cruise all Nations”. Nine days after setting sail it captured its first prize, The Delight. Nine days after The Delight, the crew took The Sarah. The Revenge continued to take prizes effortlessly until the ship's captain was arrested and hanged on June 11, 1725 in London.
Captain John Rackham, (aka Calico Jack) of the pirate ship The William made his beginning as a quartermaster for Charles Vane on The Treasure. He took control of The Treasure in 1718 and two years later he and his crew stole The William on August 22, 1720. This pirate ship was the home to the first female pirates. Anne Bonny and Mary Read were fearless ferocious pirates. The two women and the captain were a relentless trio. The women were known has “ the fierce hell-cats”.
Bartholomew Roberts known as Black Bart is considered by many to be the most successful pirate. He captured more than 400 ships in Caribbean, Canada and West Africa waters. One of these ships was a sloop that later became the Royal Fortune. After leaving the Rover, the original ship of Bartholomew Roberts with crewmember Walter Kennedy, stole The Rover. With this new ship came new articles and a new flag.
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