In this enquiry we will be finding out all about the history behind pirates, investigating the real stories behind the cartoon characters. Use the links and pictures on this page to do some of your own research to find out more about a pirates life and some of the real life pirates!





Did you know?

  • Pirates believed that wearing pierced earrings would improve their eyesight.
  • Pirates believed that having women on board their ship was bad luck. They also believed that whistling on a ship would cause the weather to turn stormy (as in ‘to whistle up a storm’).
  • Pirates would take over island ports and make them a safe haven for pirates.
  • Almost all pirates stole their ships because they couldn’t buy ships incase they got caught and sent to jail. Once they had taken over a ship they had to convert it for pirate life, this usually meant making more room for sailors to live on board and strengthening the decks to hold the weight of the heavy cannons.
  • Ships sailing on their own often sailed close to warships or joined other convoys of ships to protect themselves from pirates. Pirates could only attack one ship at a time, so if the sailors traveled in groups there was less chance of their boat being the one that was attacked.
  • Pirate Captain’s would change out of their expensive, flashy clothes if there was a chance they might be captured. This way they could pretend they where only one of the crew, and not somebody important and hopefully escape.
  • Pirates probably didn’t have talking parrots.
  • Although pirates have been around since the 15th century, most pirating happened between 1690 and 1720.
  • On the Caribbean island of St Thomas you will find a place called ‘Black Beard’s Castle’. It is believed that this is where the famous pirate spent many hours looking out for approaching ships.

The above is from


Famous Pirates

Click on each pirate below to find out more!

Blackbeard (Edward Teach)


Click here for more about Blackbeard.


Calico Jack (Jack Rackham)

calico jack

Click here to find out more.


Black Bart

black bart


Long Ben (Henry Every)

long ben



Pirate Flags

Did you know that the name of a pirate flag is a Jolly Roger? Often people think this is the name of a ship or a specific flag, but it is actually the name for all pirate flags. Have a look at the gallery below to see some different pirate flag designs.

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  • flag 2
  • flag 3
  • flag 4
  • flag 5
  • flag 6
  • flag 7
  • Patriotic Flag
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Click here to find out more about pirate flags.

Pirate Ships

Click the picture below for more information about pirate ships.

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Below are the names of some famous pirate ships and their famous pirate captains!

  • Queen Anne’s Revenge – Edward Teach “Blackbeard”
  • Adventure Galley – Captain Kidd
  • The Revenge – Captain John Gow
  • The William – John Rackham “Calico Jack”, Anne Bonney and Mary Reade
  • Fancy, Pearl, Victory – Edward England
  • Fancy – Henry Every “Long Ben”
  • Royal James – Ignatius Pell
  • Royal Fortune, Great Fortune & Great Ranger – Bartholomew Roberts “Black Bart”
  • Liberty and the Amity – Thomas Tew
  • Delivery – George Lowther Delivery
  • The Rising Sun – William Moody
  • The Ranger – Charles Vane
  • Jacob, Neptune & Margaret – Samuel Burgess



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