Pirate facts things and general ARRRRRRR


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Real Pirate Flags
Were there real pirate flags? Yes! They were not ancient myths or legends! Pirate flags were not introduced in pirate movies! Pirate flags were not the figments of imagination from writers like Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote Treasure Island. Pirates flew real pirate flags! The real pirate flags were customised for a specific pirate captain and crew such as the real pirate flags flown by Blackbeard and Calico Jack Rackham. Every pirate ship wanted to fly its own version of a pirate flag!

Pirate Flags History
The most famous of the pirate flags was the 'Jolly Roger' but there were many other different designs and pirate flags. Flags were used by legitimate sailing vessels. During the great age of exploration it was imperative to be able to distinguish enemy ships from friendly ships. The Elizabethan English ships sailed with flags showing the National emblem such as the Tudor Rose whilst the Spanish ships were distinguished by Catholic crosses. The history of flags developed and National flags were adopted. Pirates had their own Code of Conduct and their own traditions. Adopting their own pirate flags was a natural progression in the pirate culture and history. The pirate flags were used to wage 'Psychological warfare' on their enemies. Pirate flags were designed to threaten, intimidate and spread fear & dread amongst all that encountered the pirate. Pirate flags history was an important element in building the fearsome reputation of the pirate vessels.

The Colors of Pirate Flags - the Red Pirate Flags and the Black Pirate flags
The background colors of real pirate flags were either red or black. Although black is most associated with pirate flags, the very first pirate flags were in fact red! The colors of red and black both held symbolic significance. The early pirates sailed under the Red Flags. The color red in pirate flags symbolised bloodshed. Red pirate flags also symbolised a warning. The red pirate flags were a symbol that little or no quarter ( mercy ) would be given. The pirates were looking for an early surrender and an easy conquest through fear and intimidation. The French name for the red flag was the Jolie Rouge ( a cynical term translated as Pretty Red ). The red pirate flags were quickly replaced by black pirate flags. It was a natural progression for the pirates. The color black symbolised death. Black flags were traditionally flown on Plague ships as a warning to other ships. The pirates flew under flags called the 'banner of King Death'. The black and red pirate flags were further embellished with more graphic symbols of death...

Pirate Skull Flags - the Skull and Crossbones
The pirate flags were designed to threaten, intimidate and spread fear & dread amongst all that encountered the pirate ships. The black pirate flags were further embellished by other graphic symbols of death and destruction:
The Skull
Crossed bones - crossbones
A Skeleton
An Hourglass ( indicating the enemies time was up)
Clothing or Apparel associated with pirates and the initials of the Pirate captain

Pirates believed to be those flying the "skull and crossbones" were Edward England and Edward Teach - Blackbeard. A skull and crossbones is still a modern symbol used as a warning for something that is dangerous or deadly, usually poison.

Jolly Roger Pirate Flags
The Jolly Roger is the general name given to pirate flags. The Jolly Roger is the most famous of all pirate flags.

Description of the Jolly Roger Pirate flag
Black Background
White graphic on the center of the black flag picturing a white skull
Underneath the skull are two crossed bones (crossbones)
The Jolly Roger pirate flags are also called the Skull and Crossbones
There are a number of theories about the origin of the Jolly Roger name - the truth is that its probably a combination of most of them!
The Jolly Roger was derived from the English pronunciation of the 'Jolie Rouge'
The Jolly Roger was a derivation of word rogue describing a vagabond, beggar or thief
The Jolly Roger was a derivation of the English colloquialism 'Old Roger' which was an English slang term for the Devil


The Pirate Flags of Calico Jack Rackham
The Pirate flags of Calico Jack Rackham included the picture of a skull with crossed cutlasses on a black background.

Pirate Skull Flags - the Pirates of the Caribbean
The above picture of the Pirate flag of Calico Jack Rackham with a skull with crossed cutlasses was used as the pirate flag in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Pirate Flags of John Avery ( aka Avary )
The pirate flags of John Avery (AKA Every, Long Ben) the included the skull and crossbones. The skull was further embellished with an earring and a bandana which was strongly associated with traditional Pirate Clothing.

The Pirate Flags of Blackbeard
Blackbeard is one of the most famous and notorious pirates of all time. His pirate flag featured a skeleton holding an hourglass in one hand, a spear in the other hand standing beside a bleeding heart.

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Comment by AZureGray on June 8, 2011 at 11:55pm

Thank you for the invite...me hardy!...lol..

Portland, Oregon has an annual Pirate Festival.

This year it is around the first of September.

I plan to take my new baby grandaughter and dress her in costume!!!


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Pirate Pickup Lines
10. That’s some treasure chest you’ve got there

9. They don’t call me "Long John"
because my head is so big

8. Come on up and see me urchins

7. That isn't a belaying pin in pocket,
but I am happy to see you

6. Wanna walk me plank?

5. Let's get together and haul some keel

4. How'd you like to scrape the
barnacles off me rudder?

3. That’s the finest pirate booty
I’ve ever laid eyes on

2. Well, blow me down?

1. Prepare to be boarded!
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 27, 2011 at 3:28pm
The Black Pirate (1926)

A pirate movie starring the first major star of these types of films, Douglas Fairbanks. If Flynn was the most famous pirate of the sound era, this is a delightful film that captures the spirit of swashbuckling without words. Featuring lots of stunts and excellent battle scenes (one in which Fairbanks captures an entire ship by himself- something that can only be accomplished in Hollywood), this is definitely one of my favorites. Plus, it's super short, making the action scenes that much more dramatic. When it comes to pirates, less talk and more action = a "gold" standard.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 27, 2011 at 3:27pm
. Captain Blood (1935)

Classic pirate movie featuring the dashing Errol Flynn and made in a time when Hollywood was all about spectacle in the sense that it was meant to look real (as opposed to Pirates of the Carribean, which was good until the stupid CGI skeletons. Really, Jerry Bruckheimer? Really?) even though everything was done with sets. The beginning is admittedly a bit slow, but it explains how he became a pirate (something that doesn't happen often- it almost always "runs in the family," except for the case of The Princess Bride). Plus, I always love seeing a historical piece with a female character that can hold her own, and Olivia de Havilland captures the character of Arabella Bishop brilliantly. A wholesome, entertaining movie that never gets old.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 17, 2011 at 4:01pm

We, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, invite you to step lively ‘n’ join us as we once again invade the City of Tampa to share our trinkets ‘n’ treasures – a tradition we’ve honored since 1904.

Our band of marauding buccaneers will be settin’ our sails to descend on the City of Tampa in the wee mornin’ hours of
Saturday the 29th of January
and we’ll be looking fer you!

Come celebrate the Gasparilla Invasion as we enter Hillsborough Bay in the tall-masted Jose Gasparilla pirate ship (she’s a beauty), with cannons a-boomin’ and flags unfurled.

Join us for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch, when we’ll dock at the Tampa Convention Center fer a hearty meal befittin’ a hungry band o’ buccaneers!

Fill yer pockets with the beads ‘n’ treasures we’ll be throwin’ as we wind our merry way down Bayshore Boulevard in the lively, colorful Parade of the Pirates.

Dance in the streets with me ‘n’ my mateys to live music at the Pirate Fest Street Festival.

So, scuttle yer other plans ‘n’ be prepared to come party with us. If ye don’t join in the festivities, it may be the plank for you! Arrrrrgh!

Philip R. Carroll
Captain, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

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arrrr i be number 10.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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