baille ! : throw someone at baille means throw somebody overboard.
Anchor ring: a metallic ring which is used to moor a ship.
Becalmed: said of a
sailing ship immobilized by the lack of wind.
Beggars of the sea: the name given to the Dutch privateers plundering Spanish vessels.
Black gold: refers to black slaves who come from Africa and who were sold in America.
Bout-de-bois : nickname given to a carpenter on a ship.
Bow: front end of the vessel.
Branle-bas: literally "outside the hammock." At this cry, everyone must return to his manoeuvre post or combat (in this case cries out “branle-bas combat”).
Buccaneer: adventurer living in the forest of Caribbean, the Buccaneer hunts game with his long gun and smokes the meat on wooden frames, “boucans”, so that it could be saved for a later time. He often goes with pirates in their raids on the mainland and even decides to embark on one of their boats.
Cale : part of the ship below the bridge, intended to accomodate the cargo and prisoners.
Corasair : in the service of the king, the privateer had received from him a stamped letter authorizing him to attack the enemy ship. The loot gained is split between the privateer and the Crown.
Crow's-nest : a platform or shelter for a lookout at near the top of a mast.
Drunkard : one who is habitually to drunk.
figure often carved and painted on the front of the ship.
Freswater sailor : mediocre sailor, without experiences.
kitchen on a ship.
Game cage : iron cage in which the bodies of the pirates were confined and exhibited after the hanging in order to warn possible candidates to piracy. The bodies remained several months broken down by drying in the sun. This is what happened to the hapless captain named Kidd.
Grog : hot drink made of water, rum and sugar.
person who steers a ship.
Hunting party : code of good practice for pirates; the hunting party provides punishment, sharing the booty, and even compensation for serious injuries. It is voted by the whole crew.
Hoist ho! : Order or encouragement to hoist the sails.
Jolly Roger : the
famous flag with the skull.
lower hull that provides stability.
Knot : unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour.
Latitude : the
angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the
surface, measured on the meridian of the point league: equivalent to 3
mile, that is to say about
Longitude : angular distance between a place and some prime meridian.
Mathurin : nickname of seamen.
Mille sabords ! : sailor's swearword.
Moorings : ropes use to fasten the ship.
Morbleu ! : famous swearword of the XVIIe century.
Nourrir les poissons : to be swayed by overboard.
Old riffle : bad gun.
Old sea dog : an old or experienced sailor.
quartier! : announces that no ennemy will survive in combat. an
Pirate : a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.
Poop deck: superstructure at the stern of the ship, raised from one side to another. It housed the officers and VIPs.
Port : the left-side of a ship when looking at the bow.
Quartermaster : leader of the crew and manoeuvres.
about! : to get ready to manoeuvre.
Red flag : means that the battle is to be ruthless and no prisoner will be made.
Ride : small rope used to reach a rope greatest.
Rudder : apparatus that allows controlling the direction following the ship.
person whose occupation is sailing.
Scuppers: hole that allows water to escape on deck.
Scuttle: in the hull of a ship, where we open up cannon.
Skimmers sea: nickname given to the pirate in the
Stay: rope which keeps a mast.
Stifle a sail: tightened against the mast to prevent him from taking the wind.
Strand : a single filament such as a fiber or thread that are plainted or twisted together to form a rope.
Tack : the edge where you get the wind.
To bale out : remove water that is at the bottom of the vessel.
To cast off : leave the quay to put off to sea.
To change course : to change direction.
To furl : tighten a sail around a spar (yard, boom, mast).
To go down : to sink, to disappear under the water.
To rig out : lifting anchor.
To scuttle : voluntarily sink his own ship, for example, to escape the enemy.
To sound : to measure the depth of water by dipping a light rope.
To tack, to change tack : to change armour.
Yo-ho-ho : and a bottle of rum !
Zounds : famous swearword of the