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PIRATE SCHOOL! For kids

What ho and ahoy, ya grubby guppies ‘tis me Billy Bones!
This page is JUST FOR YOU- so tell your adults to swab the poop deck for a bit.
Mayhaps you just attended Pirate School or will be a scurvy student scalliwag of mine some time soon--- I thought you might enjoy doin’ some exploring of your own RIGHT HERE! I’ve opened my old sea-chest and found some right snappy items to feast yer eyes and ears on.

Maybe you’ll even exercise yer noodle. So shake a leg !

-Yours in skullduggery,
BB

This here is the exact copy
of the most famous treasure map of all.
Tis the map of TREASURE ISLAND.

Look closely down there
you’ll see my Great Great
Grandpas name ‘W. Bones’

This were HIS map!

SEA FEVER
By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Some parts of a SHIP

A.Foresail
B.Waterline
C.Prow
D.Anchor
E.Rudder
F.Mizzen mast
G.Mizzen sail
H.Main mast
I.Maintop or Crowsnest
J.Main Topsail
K.Mainsail
L.Foresail
M.Fore mast
N.Bowsprit

“Thar she BLOWS!” Know yer whales, mate.

1.Bowhead whale
2.Orca or “Killer” whale
3.Right whale
4.Sperm whale
5.Narwal
6.Blue whale
7.Finback whale
8.Beluga whale
Pirate Jokes:

Pirate Vocabulary:

Ahoy -- "Hello!"

Avast! -- "Hey!" Could be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"

Begad! -- By God!

Belay -- Stop that. "Belay that talk!" would mean "Shut up!"

Black Spot -- To "place the Black Spot" on another pirate is to sentence him to death, to warn him he is marked for death, or sometimes just to accuse him of a serious crime before other pirates.

Blimey! -- An exclamation of surprise.

Buccaneer -- A general term for the Caribbean pirates.

Bucko -- Familiar term. "Me bucko" = "my friend."

Crow's nest -- A small platform, sometimes enclosed, near the top of a mast, where a lookout could have a better view when watching for sails or for land.

Cutlass -- A curved sword, like a saber but heavier. Traditional pirate weapon. Has only one cutting edge; may or may not have a useful point.

Davy Jones' locker -- The bottom of the sea.

Dead men tell no tales -- Standard pirate excuse for leaving no survivors.

Dog -- A mild insult, perhaps even a friendly one.

Doubloon -- A Spanish gold coin. At different times, it was worth either 4 or 16 silver pesos, or "pieces of eight."

Fair winds! -- Goodbye, good luck!.

Feed the fish -- What you do when you are thrown into the sea, dead or alive.

Gangway! -- "Get out of my way!"

Grog -- Generically, any alcoholic drink. Specifically, rum diluted with water to make it go farther.

Grub -- Food.

Gun -- A cannon.

Fore, or forrard -- Toward the front end of the ship.

Flogging -- Punishment by caning, or by whipping with the cat.

Hands -- The crew of a ship; sailors.

Head -- The toilet facilities aboard a modern ship. This will do for modern piratical talk. The toilet facilities aboard an ACTUAL pirate ship do not bear thinking about.

Jack Tar, or tar -- A sailor.

Keelhaul -- Punishment by dragging under the ship, from one side to the other. The victim of a keelhauling would be half-drowned, or worse, and lacerated by the barnacles that grew beneath the ship.

Lad, lass, lassie -- A way to address someone younger than you.

Landlubber or just lubber -- A non-sailor.

Line -- A rope in use as part of the ship's rigging, or as a towing line. When a rope is just coiled up on deck, not yet being used for anything, it's all right to call it a rope.

Lookout -- Someone posted to keep watch on the horizon for other ships or signs of land.

Maroon -- A fairly common punishment for violation of a pirate ship's articles, or offending her crew. The victim was left on a deserted coast (or, of course, an island) with little in the way of supplies. That way, no one could say that the unlucky pirate had actually been killed by his former brethren.

Me -- A piratical way to say "my."

Me hearties -- Typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew.

Matey -- A piratical way to address someone in a cheerful, if not necessarily friendly, fashion.

No quarter! -- Surrender will not be accepted.

Piece of eight -- A Spanish silver coin worth one peso or 8 reales. It was sometimes literally cut into eight pieces, each worth one real.

Pillage -- To raid, rob, and sack a target ashore.

Rum (noun) -- Traditional pirate drink.

Salt, old salt -- An experienced seaman.

Scuppers -- Openings along the edges of a ship's deck that allow water on deck to drain back to the sea rather than collecting in the bilges. "Scupper that!" is an expression of anger or derision: "Throw that overboard!"

Scurvy -- (1) A deficiency disease which often afflicted sailors; it was caused by lack of vitamin C. (2) A derogatory adjective suitable for use in a loud voice, as in "Ye scurvy dogs!"

Shanty -- Another spelling for "chantey" - a sea song.

Spyglass -- A telescope.

Swab (noun) -- A disrespectful term for a seaman. "Man that gun, ye cowardly swabs!"

Swab (verb) -- To clean something. Being put to "swabbing the decks" would be a low-level punishment for a disobedient pirate.

Weigh anchor -- To haul the anchor up; more generally, to leave port.

Yo-ho-ho -- A very piratical thing to say, whether it actually means anything or not.

Pirate Jokes:

Q: “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter of the alphabet?”
A: “P” Because a “P” is just an “R” with ONE LEG!

Q: Why are pirates good baseball players?
A: Because there are 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Q: What’s a pirates favorite flower?
A: Depends on the pirate.

“I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges?”

“Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.”

“Fair winds, and following seas to you!”
--Mariners best wish



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