Good morning, friends and fans of pirates! Today is the day for the Illustrious International Talk Like a Pirate Day! YAAARRR! 🙂
So Pirates, the mystery of Blackbeards, hidden silver and golden treasures!
Ever since Dave Barry /humor columnist and author of Insane City/ mentioned the day talk like a pirate in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up. Whether you be new to the notion, or one of the millions who’ve made it your own personal excuse to party like pirates every September 19th, is welcoming day for all of you hidden or not pirates looking for real or imagine treasures!
Talk Like A Pirate Day is an original concept created in a moment of temporary insanity by John Baur and Mark Summers. For more ideas and information of this most illustrious of holidays you can look at their website by clicking on any of their names. 🙂
This day is very special to me since I am going on vacation to one amazing place called Bermuda. I am so excited about this vacation, because Pirates Sunset Cruise Glass bottom boat is one of the shore excursions I am very excited to attend to. I would go also to the local library where I hope to find more stories about pirates and battles. Since I mentioned battles I would like to share the story of a battle between two pirate factions that happened near Bermuda. Hope you will enjoy it!
In late 1718, Blackbeard‘s sloop Adventure sailed near Bermuda where she captured several merchant ships. In the 1720s, a British merchant ship on which Robert Greene sailed was captured by La Vipère off the coast of Bermuda, and he was forced to join the rogue pirates of Christophe-Julien de Rapièr. A few years later, a battle between the two pirate factions occurred near Bermuda. The Battle off of Bermuda was a battle between the two pirate factions, one loyal to the Brethren Court, led by Hector Barbossa, and the other who violated the Code of the Pirate Brethren.
- “We were sailin’ in waters north of Bermuda, on our way back from an encounter we’d had with a Frenchy barque. Took a nice haul, we did. Ivory. We were ridin’ low in the water, so laden we be.” ―Hector Barbossa
Hector Barbossa’s ship, the schooner Cobra, was sailing in the waters north of Bermuda, back from a battle with the French barque, when the topman spied a sail on the horizon. Barbossa ordered his crew to change the course to take a look on this ship. After a few hours, the two ships approached each other. Barbossa’s crew raised the French flag, after which the mysterious ship raised the Dutch flag.
After seeing that the ship is a sloop, and that its crew isn’t dressed like merchantmen, Barbossa ordered his crew to raise his black pirate flag. The crew of the mysterious sloop responded to that by raising their own pirate colors, the red flag with the black demon skull on it.
- “The moment we raised our true colors, that sloop, he run up his flag, too. A red flag, with a black demon skull on it. ’Twas then I knew for certain that he was another pirate. We all had a good laugh, me and me crew. We waved at ’em. They waved back. Then I gives the order to come about, to put our rudder to ’em. The Code calls for us all to respect our fellows on the account, and I was abiding by it.” ―Hector Barbossa
Barbossa’s crew relaxed, seeing the they encountered one of their own, member of the Brethren Court. But suddenly, the mysterious pirate sloop opened fire on Barbossa’s ship.
The battle continued until the sunset, and Barbossa ordered his men to launch the boats. The Cobra was sinking fast, and half of his men were dead. Many of them were sucked down with the ship. Barbossa himself almost drowned in a futile attempt to save Polly, his little pet monkey, but he was saved and pulled into a boat in a last moment by the two of men, Pintel and Ragetti.
After the sinking of the Cobra, the mysterious pirate sloop sent out boats to kill Barbossa’s men in the water which were still alive. Those who weren’t killed by their enemies, they were eaten by the sharks.
Only the darkness saved Barbossa and his saviors, and they rowed until dawn, when there was no sign of the ship which caused their misery.
Barbossa and his men managed to reach a deserted island, where they built a signal fire. A week later they were saved by a pirate ship which was passing by. They were left in Tortuga, where they met Don Rafael, who transported them to Shipwreck Cove, where Barbossa informed captain Edward Teague, the Keeper of the Code, and his fellow Pirate Lords of this latest action of rogue pirates.
Here are a couple of my favourite novels and movies that had captured the spirit of the pirates! Please let me know if you have read or watch any of them! 🙂
YA Piratical Novels:
- Vampirates Justin Somper;
- Pirates Celia Rees;
- Blackbeard’s Pirates versus the Evil Mummies James Black;
- Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson;
- The Curse of Captain LaFoote Eddie Jones;
- Airborn Kenneth Oppel.
- Cut Throat Island;
- Pirates of the Caribbean;
- Treasure Island;
- Master and Commander: far Side of the World (not really pirates but amazing scenes of ship-based battle).
How did ye spend Talk Like A Pirate Day 2014?
Let me know, an’ I’ll tell the world! And don’t miss the photos! 🙂