[ 2007-04-11 18:59 ]
you see, Jack, that's exactly the attitude that lost you the Pearl. People are
easy to search when they're dead.
The symbols were often combined. For
instance, Christopher Moody used a skull and crossed bones, a raised sword and a
winged hourglass. Edward Teach ('Blackbeard') flew a flag depicting a horned
skeleton holding an hourglass and a spear next to a bleeding heart. In addition
to his 'ABH/AMH' flag, Bartholomew Roberts also flew one depicting a pirate
holding an hourglass, alongside a skeleton clutching a spear. The fatalism in
pirate symbolism was evident, and it probably applied to pirates as well as
National flags were still flown, often in an attempt to show that the pirates
still wanted to be seen as privateers who only attacked the ships of other
nations. If the countries were at peace, or if the pirate held no privateering
commission, this meant little or nothing. In 1718 Charles Vane flew the English
flag from one mast and a black pirate flag from another. In 1720, Edward England
flew a black flag from his mainmast, a red flag from his foremast and the
English flag from his ensign staff!
Jolly Rogers were rough and ready affairs, run up by a pirate ship's
sailmaker or any member of the crew who was handy with a needle. Many Nassau
pirates had their flags made for them by a sailmaker's widow, who accepted
payment in brandy.
She ran up some curtains.
The hotel bill might run up to￡500.
She started digging the garden with a will.
1. They finally struck a bargain after weeks of wrangling over who would get
2. The tourists feast their eyes on the