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.
Steering the ship so that its bow passes through the wind.
A gun (i.e. cannon) that fired a three-pound shot (cannon ball).
The upper parts of the masts and sails of a ship.
Settled in the 1620s by French buccaneers and Huguenots, Tortuga quickly became a haven for pirates and privateers working the Windward Passage. Good natural defenses allowed it to prosper despite repeated attacks by the Spanish. Although nominally under French control, it was a true pirate town. The city of this name depicted in the <em>Pirates of the Caribbean</em> movies is probably similar to the real Tortuga.