Pirates are always popular. From children's stories like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson to classic swashbuckling films with Errol Flynn, or the recent Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies, pirates fascinate and captivate. They also have their own way of talking, and live in a world very different from our own. That's where this dictionary comes in. Here you'll find all the common words and phrases pirates used, and the stories of many famous pirates too.
A device used to determine latitude. One edge was lined up with the sun, the angle then read. The largest angle occurred at noon, therefore the result could be used with a chart to find the current latitude. Note that pirates, nor anyone else of the age, could measure longitude.
Liaison between the crew and the captain who leads attacks against other ships in battle or for theft, settles arguments among the crew, and divides spoils from seized ships fairly amongst the crew.
Queen Anne’s Revenge
The final flagship of Blackbeard. Sunk in 1718, it is believed to have been discovered in 1996.