Arr, mateys! The good ship Queen Anne's Fancy
will soon be settin' sail, so prepare yourselves. Go ahead and chatter away amongst yourselves here, but remember the Pirate's Code! Don't give away any secrets.
About the name: The Queen Anne's Revenge
was the ship of the fearsome pirate Blackbeard; and the Fancy
was a Spanish privateer under Captain Gibson -- until Henry Every led a successful mutiny and claimed the ship as his own. Will history repeat itself, and this ship change hands as well?Learn to talk like a pirate!
- Aft – Towards the stern
- Avast - "Avast Ye!" from the Dutch term for 'hold fast' and means "Stop and pay attention."
- Bilge – The bilge is the compartment at the bottom of the hull of a ship or boat where water collects so that it may be pumped out of the vessel at a later time.
- Black Spot - a death threat among pirates made of a black spot or mark on a scrap of paper; used to vote to remove troublemakers.
- Bow - the front portion of the ship
- Cat o' nine tails – A short nine-tailed whip kept by the bosun's mate to flog sailors. When not in use, the cat was kept in a baize bag, hence the term "cat out of the bag"
- Crow's nest (also Masthead) – Specifically a masthead constructed with sides and sometimes a roof to shelter the lookouts from the weather
- Dance the Hempen Jig - To hang
- Davy Jones's Locker - the imaginary place at the ocean bottom that holds dead sailors and pirates...a reference to death. Davy Jones was said to be an evil spirit lurking at sea, waiting to escort dead sailors or pirates to his place or locker at the bottom of the waters.
-To be in Davy's Grip: To be close to death, or frightened.
-To see you to Davy Jones: To threaten to kill some one
- Drivelswigger - one who reads about nautical terms too much
- Fore, foreward – Towards the bow
- Gangplank – A movable bridge used in boarding or leaving a ship at a pier
- Hempen Halter- The hangman's noose
- Hogshead- a large barrel or cask holding 63 to 140 gallons, usually referring to alcohol
- Hornswaggle - To cheat or defraud, often of money or belongings
- Jack Tar (or simply Tar) - generic nickname for a sailor
- Jacob's Ladder - the rope ladder used to climb aboard the ship
- Keelhauling – Maritime punishment: to punish by dragging under the keel of a ship
- Kissing the gunner's daughter – bend over the barrel of a gun for lashing with a cane or cat
- Landlubber - 'lubber' was an old English word for a big, slow, clumsy person, a person not very skilled or at ease with ship life
- Mess – An eating place aboard ship
- Monkey - A small cannon
- Powder Monkey - a gunner's assistant
- Port (also Larboard)- left
- Sextant – Navagational instrument used to measure a ship's latitude and longitude
- Shiver me timbers! - akin to "Blow me down!", an expression of shock or disbelief
- Starboard (also Steerboard)- right
- Stern - the rear part of the ship
- Swinging the lead –
1. Measuring the depth of water beneath a ship using a lead-weighted sounding line. Regarded as a relatively easy job, thus:
2. Feigning illness etc to avoid a hard job.
- Yard – The horizontal spar from which a square sail is suspended