Pirates • One of the most successful pirates of all time was Welshman Bartholomew Roberts. He captured around 400 ships in his lifetime.
Pirates • While it was perfectly fine to use an enemy’s skull as a goblet, it was considered rude to use their entire vivisected head as a puppet. Especially if you mocked them by making their own head talk in a high-pitched voice.
Pirates • Unfortunately, there are no known pirates that actually kept parrots as pets. • Privateer François le Clerc was known to have a wooden leg. • When a pirate said, “shiver me timbers” it was actually a request for another pirate to shave an especially difficult to reach portion of his back. • While pirates would allow their faces and chests to get hairy, there was a strong superstition against hairy backs. By the way, “shiver” means “shave” and “timbers” means “lower back”.
Pirates • Pirates often didn’t get enough vitamin C while on long voyages which resulted in them getting a disease called “crickets” that caused them to go blind in one eye. This is why pirates often are depicted wearing eye-patches.
Pirates • A ship’s log book is called a “log book” because the speed of a ship was measured by dragging a log behind it.”
Pirates • Maps with x’s to mark the spot are a creation of the movies. Pirates would simply memorize where they left their treasure and communicate it to others through dance.
Pirates • Good maps and sea charts were very rare and highly valued by pirates. When Bartholemew Sharp captured a Spanish ship in 1681, the crew tried to throw their maps overboard. Sharp stopped them just in time. • Legend has it the crew cried when they saw him take the maps.
Pirates • A piece of eight was a Spanish coin that was worth eight reales (another Spanish coin).
Pirates • There were pirates all over the world. The “pirates of the Caribbean” regularly operated as far off as New England and Newfoundland, West Africa, the Indian Ocean, and Brazil.
Pirates • Gilbert and Sullivan were the two most dangerous pirates to ever live. Born conjoined twins, they were finally blown apart during a vicious sea battle with a British Major General, when an errant cannonball struck their shared hip. • While together, they were considered to be the Kind of Pirates. • Apart, they were forced to retire to a life in the theater, reenacting their final battle in Penzance for pennies a day.
Pirates • No one knows why pirates had flags, but it may have been to strike fear into the hearts of other ships, and make them surrender quickly.
Pirates • The combination to Davy Jones’ Locker was right 32, left 17, right 26….supposedly to find part of his treasure.
Pirates • Although much is made of the fact that pirates used the phrase “arrrr”, actual pirates usually punctuated their sentences with the letter “q”. For example, “Q, me tresure is over there, matey”.
Pirates • Blackbeard’s peg leg was a medical necessity. He lost his leg to diabetes, but all the other pirates got wooden legs as a fashion choice. Some of the peg legs used by pirates were actually quite gaudy and covered in jewels.
Pirates • The golden age of pirates was 1764-1856, but there are still pirates today. Today’s pirates are not the colorful figures of the past. • Female pirates were very common as well.
Pirates • Now, Take the Map 1 • Cut out the small little symbol at the top right of page (where the scissors symbol is located). • Follow Instructions on the sheet to figure out the secret code/location of the treasure.
Pirates • Finally, Turn to the back • Create your own treasure map. You can be creative, have someone to find a secret code, etc. • Try to see if someone can find your treasure based on your map.