Obsession of the Day: Pirates/ Warriors Of The Sea

Planet earth is but a mass of water speckled by the occasional bit of land. For most of us, dipping a toe in the ocean or a fishing hook in the sea is enough to satisfy our craving for exploration. But then, there are pirates. Warriors of the open water answering to the laws of nature, adhering to the tide. Today, I shall attempt to follow them, their unorthodox ways and nautical directions into a land I otherwise would not know. Presenting pirates – – – my obsession of the day.

Pirates: Fearless Voyagers, Maritime Thieves or Both?

In order to be considered a pirate today or anytime in the past, one must engage in criminal conduct while along the open water. Due to the mysterious nature of nautical journeys, theft at sea is almost always at an all-time high. Still it is arguable to say in the least, that the rules when navigating a maritime adventure are simple, there are no rules. Look at it this way, the Golden Age of Piracy was a time of sheer mayhem when there was a huge difference between what was legal and what was humane. Certainly things like murder, torture, theft and even piracy appeared to be both legal and illegal at the same time. How so? Well, it all depended on who you were murdering, torturing, stealing from or pirating, with the hierarchy ever leaning in favor of the wealthy, as can be expected. With this thought in mind, it might suffice to say that open water was a haven for some and a formidible destination for others; that in the end it was a place where the lines between legality, morality and even reality often blurred and what was left was the waving of the sails and the crashing of the ocean. Many of The earliest pirates to be recorded throughout history hailed from the Mediterranean in roughly 14th century BC but they certainly weren’t the patch clad crusaders Hollywood later made them out to be…

Pirates: Why We’re Obsessed With Them

As mentioned above, the main reason for the obsession is Hollywood’s depiction of these adventurous, treasure hunting outlaws, who often seem more mysterious than murderous. In actuality, quite the opposite is true. The harsh reality is that pirates often led short, torturous lives wherein their treasures consisted of basic necessities— stuff like food, cotton and thread,  the shipmates followed laws and voted in a semi-democratic spirit and their clothing was often dull and tattered. All disappointments aside, pirates are still pretty fascinating for all of the following reasons:

  • They were explorers of the ocean
  • They employed the use of ancient maps
  • Although rare, they did occasionally uncover treasure, discover new lands, engage in fencing battles and get put to death via the walking of the plank.

In other words, sunken treasure, diamonds and gold and triangular trading, glamorous expeditions, sea monsters, (yes, see monsters) and certain death, all of the stuff legends are made of was really out there on the open water. It was rare, but always present and that’s what drew people in.

Choose A New Obsession



“pirates could happen to anyone.” tom stoppard

tpg pirates 5jpg


Famous Pirates

tpg pirates 4

While not necessarily a determining factor in pirate rank, it is notable to mention that many of the most famous pirates in the West had ties to both militia and the slave trade. In fact, some sailors were considered pirates simply because they turned against the slave trade, the military, or their leaders. You didn’t necessarily have to steal anything to be called a pirate, rescuing someone from captivity could also earn you the unfavorable moniker. Then there were the pirates who started out on the other side of the fence, as pirate hunters. And last but not least there were pirates who were hired by their kings to smuggle treasure and information from rival countries. After scrutinizing the wreckage of sunken sea rover ships one thing is clear— the ocean had its own way of making equals out of man, woman and sea creature alike. Here are some of the most noted pirates in history:

Henry Every A.k.a. The King of Pirates

tpg pirates 3

The richest pirate in recorded history, Henry Every who went by many aliases but was known to most as the King of Pirates cruise the high seas in the mid to late 1600s. His booty consisted of 11+ sea vessels and what would be the equivalent today of $52.4 million in precious jewels. The bounty put forth for his capture was an exuberant amount for the time, but Every was resourceful and found refuge in New Providence, a notorious pirate laden locale and thus he was never found or heard from again.
The Proclamation Condemning Henry Every: King of Pirates


Black Bart

Above: Black Bart’s Flag Featuring Death and An Hourglass

Dubbed the most successful pirate to tackle the tides during the Golden Age of Piracy, Bartholomew Roberts, better known as Black Bart, lost his life in a bloody battle on the high seas. His legacy left behind booty from an approximated 470 captured vessels.

Female Pirates

One interesting speculation related to female pirates is the fact that many of their legacies have been written off as simply being urban legends despite the vast amount of historical evidence surrounding their lives and their deaths. Even in the face of court documents and discovered artifacts, their lives are often linked to legend. Could it be that, subconsciously, society still isn’t ready to accept the idea of a female warrior or were their lives simply too far from the ordinary to be accepted by historians?

Alvilda The Viking

This ferocious, Danish sea rover was known mostly for her beauty but also for her booty. Legend has it that she confiscated a pirate ship, battled the Prince of Denmark and later became his queen.

Jeanne de Belleville

tpg pirates 10

This 14th-century daughter of a nobleman led the Black Fleet, a series of painted warships, into battle with the French along the English Channel. Her moniker, the Lioness of Brittany left quite a legacy behind.

The Lives of Pirates

The vast majority of pirates appear to have led short, simple lives. Treasure hunters and shipwreck excavators have uncovered the following artifacts that give us all a glimpse into the lifestyle of the everyday pirates: Dice comprised of bones 14th Century Treasure Coins Derived from the Frome Hoard a Treasure Chest Brimming with Gold discovered in the Whydah Gally, a ship that was believed to have belonged to famed bucaneer Captain Samuel Bellamy who reined in the Golden Age of Piracy. Other, more common items that have also been discovered include cereal bowls, forks, knives, clothing, weapons, flags and medical supplies.

Pirate Dice Were Often Made Of Bones

Pirate Ships

Contrary to popular belief, there were no specific ships that were designated for piracy. The reason for this is because pirates pride themselves on confiscating legal vessels that were riding the high seas. As such, this section of my obsession will simply focus on the ships that were most popular during the Golden age of piracy. Of them are:


101021-N-7642M-317 BOSTON (Oct. 21, 2010) USS Constitution returns to her pier after an underway to celebrate her 213th launching day anniversary. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald/Released)

Frigates were highly sought after warships equipped to carry heavy artillery. Their billowing sails and thick, heavy planks were made famous to pirates courtesy of Blackbeard.


tpg pirates 12

Originating in the Netherlands, these gaff-rigged ships were often carrying wealthy occupants, hence their allure to the pirates of olden times.


upcoming obsessions Fueled By this topic

Researching pirates has me eager to learn about shipwrecks, treasure hunting, Hollywood, harbors, ships through the ages, boardwalks, Disney World, amusement parks, New Providence and triangular trade.

the obsession that started today’s topic

This topic began as an offshoot of my very first documented obsession: Underwater Worlds.


Whenever possible, I like to gather my information the good old fashioned way—by heading over to the library. Below are the books and websites I relied upon to create this post along with which part(s) of the topic they covered.


This webpage contains unaltered versions of Wikimedia’s Henry Every, pirate ship in harbor, Black Sea Fleet (BSF) frigate Ladny, FrigateDiceand the geograph’s Sailing barge Henry all of which were available under Creative Commons licensing.

Learn About Philadelphia

We at TPG certainly hope you’re feeling inspired. Don’t forget to like, share and sign up for our email list to get caught up with the new features we’ll be adding everyday!

Fields marked with an * are required

22 thoughts on “Pirates/ Obsession of the Day/ The Poet’s Guide

  1. I see you don’t monetize your blog, i’v got idea how
    to earn some extra cash using one simple method, just search in google for; money making ideas by Loocijano

  2. Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

    • cindyoriley@gmail.com says:

      Greetings SEORankingLinks,

      I looked into your critiques and as it turns out you were correct in that my on page SEO needed a bit of tweeking. Unfortunately, I downloaded an OnPage SEO plugin just yesterday and thus far, it is really working wonders. The Poet’s Guide is a brand new website. We only went live a few weeks ago so any and all advice related to the ways in which we can make our site better (granted the advice is accurate) is both welcome and appreciated. Happy Travel Tuesday and we certainly hope you enjoyed reading about pirates even if the heading tags were somewhat out of order. Cheers!

      The Poet’s Guide Staff

    • cindyoriley@gmail.com says:

      Hi Jona,

      Thank you for your inquiry. You should be able to subscribe by filling out the form at the very bottom of the webpage. However, if that, for some reason, isn’t working out for you, you can email me at cindyoriley@gmail.com and I will be more than happy to add you to my newsletter from my personal email. I did buy a professional email service for the purpose of taking on subscribers but you are not the first person who has had issues with signing up. I do apologize if there is any sort of malfunction and I will spend this week trying to rectify it. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying my blog!

  3. I’m extremely impressed together with your writing skills and also with the structure on your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself? Either way stay up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to peer a great blog like this one today..

  4. I do believe this is certainly on the list of most significant information in my opinion. And i’m happy reading
    your article. However wanna statement on few general things, The site taste is great,
    the articles is really great : D. Excellent process, cheers

    Feel free to surf to my web blog AsleyTQuiros

  5. Neat blog! Will be your theme customized or have you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours by incorporating simple adjustements would
    really make my blog jump out. Please inform me the place you
    got your theme. Bless you

    Feel free to visit my web site: DotXRiegel

  6. I just want to tell you that I am all new to blogs and certainly savored you’re page. Probably I’m want to bookmark your website . You really have perfect writings. Kudos for sharing with us your website page.

  7. I just want to tell you that I am just all new to blogging and site-building and absolutely liked this web blog. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You certainly come with good well written articles. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us your website page.

  8. Hello there! I really could have sworn I’ve gone to your site before but after experiencing
    a number of the posts I realized it’s unfamiliar with me. Nonetheless, I’m
    definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll be
    book-marking it and checking back frequently!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>