Articles - The Pirate code
- a set of rules governing conduct aboard a pirate ship. Agreed
by all, sworn to on a bible and/or a hatchet. Signed in blood.
Buccaneers - Also known
as Boucanniers, took their name from a fierce breed of men living
on the island of Hispaniola who survived by hunting and attacking
Spanish ships. They were named after the buccan, a fire they used
to smoke meat. Some of the buccaneers, like Jean LOnnais and
Rock Braziliano were renowned for their cruelty, and gave me a model
for Bartholome the Brazilian.
on the account - becoming
Jolly Roger -The name
is a corruption of Jolie Rouge, the ironic name of the pretty red
flags flown by the original buccaneers. The colour probably originated
from the red warning flags flown by ships with plague on board,
but rapidly came to mean no quarter, no mercy shown.
Pirate Flags - Pirate
flags, also known as hoists or jacks, were
flown to signal intent and to instil fear and dread. Pirates didnt
want a fight; they wanted to take a ship with minimum risk and damage.
Originally red, these flags later became black, but the name stayed
the same. Some captains and crews added their own designs which
carried various meanings:
and crossed bones the meaning is obvious, the
derivation more obscure, but it could have come from the sign
in a ships log to show a death on board.
Skeletons - death or dancing
Hour glasses - your time is
A drinking glass - toasting
A red heart - no quarter.
Swords and darts - all may
expect to put to the slaughter.
of these devices were well known and would occasion immediate surrender.
Not many captains of merchantmen would want a fight with Black Beard
or Black Bart Roberts.
The icons used on this website were inspired by known images used on pirate flags.
Privateers - Attacked
enemy vessels in time of war after being given a letter of marque
by their government.
- Appointed by the crew. In charge of discipline on a pirate
ship and to go between the men and the captain.