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  2. On this day in history...

    June 17 - On this day in 1579, Sir Francis Drake landed on the coast of California at Drakes Bay and named it "New Albion". On this day in 1704, Major Sewall appeared at Boston with a strong guard and brought pirates and gold that he had seized, and gave His Excellency a full Account of his procedure in seizing them. The prisoners were committed to Goal for trial and the Gold was delivered to the Treasurer and committee appointed to receive the same. The service of Major Sewall and Company was very well accepted and rewarded by the Governour.
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    Literally my two favorite historical subjects - Piracy and Cossacks!!!
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  6. The French Cook, 1673

    As a way of sharing interesting food of the period I'm going to transcribe recipes directly from a book called "The French Cook". The actual title is quite longer... "The French Cook, Prescribing the ways of making ready of all meats, Fish, and flesh, with the proper Sauce, either to procure Appetite, or to advance the power if Digestion: with the whole Skill of Pastry-work." It was published in 1673, printed for Thomas Dying, at the Harrow at Chancery Lane-end, and John Leigh, at the Blew Bell by Flying-Horse Court in Fleet-Street. This is from the third edition. Skipping directly to the meat of the book (pun soundly intended) we find first a description of how to make broth, as it's used in so many recipes at the start of the book. The following is transcribed directly from the text. I'll try to keep the older spelling differences in place, so that the reader can see the variation on familiar words and terms. “The manner of making the broth for the seeing of all pots, be it pottage, first course or intercourse (middle service.) Take knuckles of beef, the hinder-part of the rump, a little mutton, and some hens (according to the quantity of broth the you will have) put in meat proportionally, seeth it well with a bundle of parsly, young onions, and thyme tied together, and a few cloves, large mace, and some beaton cinamon, keeping alwaies some warm water ready to fill up the pots again. Then, after all is well sodden, you shall strain them through a napkin for your use. And as for Rosted meat, after that you have taken the juice out of it, you shall set it to boil with a bundle of herbs, as above-said; seeth it well, then strain it, for to make use of it at your first courses, or for brown pottages.” After this it jumps right into the first recipe… “How to make all kinds of pottage. 1. Bisque of young Pidgeons. Take young pigeons, cleanse them all, and truss them up, which you shall do by making a hole with a knife below the stomach, and thrusting the legs through it: whiten them, that is, put them into a pot with hot water, or with pot-broth, and cover them well, then put them in the pot in a small bundle of fine herbs, with an Onion to two peeled and put whole, sew blades of large Mace, and fill up your pot with the best of broths, have a special care that it may not become black: then dry your bread, and stove it in the Pigeon-broth: then take it up after it is well seasoned with salt, pepper and cloves garnished with the young pigeons, cocks-combed sweet-breads of veal, mushrooms, mutton juice, and pistaches: serve it up, and garnish the brims of the dish with slices of Lemon, and barberries.”
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    June 16 - On this day in 1671, Russian cossack pirates Stenka Razin and his brother Frol Razin were captured at Kaganlyk, his last fortress, and carried to Moscow, where, after bring tortured, Stenka was quartered alive at Lobnoye Mesto.
  8. The Pub...past, present and future.

    I wore my PUB T-shirt to the Blackbeard Festival June 1st in Hampton Va. nobody asked about it. Go on Face Book contact Crews put the word out, hoist the FLAG.
  9. The Pub...past, present and future.

    There needs to be a way to let crews know the ship hasn't gone down and bring old and new on board again ?
  10. Where have all the pirates gone?

    Aye think most jumped ship when word of it's closing much like krispy kreme no longer supporting international talk like a pirate day seems there be life on he old haunted ship sill swims as do aye ;-}
  11. Tsunami Kate

    Today's special is a Caribbean favorite. Salt fish and green figs with a side of avocado.
  12. Where have all the pirates gone?

    I am returning to the site. I hope it starts to liven once more.
  13. On this day in history...

    June 15 - On this day in 1643, Abel Tasman returned to Batavia after discovering Tasmania. And on this day in 1741, Captain Bering left Petropavlovsk, sailing to America.
  14. Historic events around the world

    Fort de Chartres Rendezvous Don’t let the word ‘rendezvous’ mistake you into thinking that this is a mountain men/Old West event. It is a French Colonial Illinois event which spans the time frame of 1720 to about 1790. We approached the fort about including pirates (Crew of the Mercury) some years back. They were hesitant to include pirates until we explained that we do historic re-enactment from the very year 1720 and pointed out that had no one portraying that early, so they let us attend. We made a good impression that first year and a number of us have attended since. The event is held in a partially restored, stone fort with bastion corners. The location and the fort itself are a huge draw. It sits just East of the Mississippi in open farmland, devoid of modern structures, so the illusion of early colonial isolation on the French frontier is solid. Cons - The weather. It’s just completely unpredictable. It can be outrageously hot and sticky or apocalyptic rain. The area frequently floods. In fact it was cancelled due to flooding. Camping is about as real as it gets at Fort de Chartres. Also…bugs. It’s far enough South of St. Louis to require a bit of driving down small highways, wending through back country, but it is beautiful country. Broad time frame, but broad historically. Pros - Fantastic bastion fort as a living set, complete with chapel, powder magazine and other structures. Surrounded by beautiful farmland. Hundreds of attendees and visitors. You’ll meet amazing people. Period craftsmen, vendors, fur trade re-enactors, clergy, townspeople, etc. Not one, but many different standing regiments and militia. Live animals, open fires, and camping. Battle skirmishes, shooting contests with live charges, cannon school, and other competitions. Many opportunities to try out some French, if that’s in your wheelhouse. They have period religious services, such as Catholic mass for the Catholic French forces and protestant services with period sermons. Now, if you can’t make the Spring Rendezvous, they have a late fall event which is great if you want to try out heavier clothing and kit like thrums, watch coats, etc. It often snows at this event, but it is a rare chance to camp in unusual conditions. The fort also has regular holiday dinners, shooting club outings, contests and events throughout the year all in historic kit and clothing.
  15. The Phone-a-Pirate Program

    I called Jessica Legg-Bagley today. I kept to the strict three minute and rushed rules and I could repeatedly hear Jessica ask Michael (off to the side), "What's going on now...?" We had a very rushed conversation about the weather locally, upcoming travel plans and museums in Amsterdam.
  16. The Watch Dog

    William went forward to find Mister Saltash. He murdered Saltash in his mind about three dozen ways between the great cabin and the hold forward. He did this freely in his head to work out the ‘salt of the anger from his water’. A ritual to ‘purge the poison from the fresh’, as one of his many mentors had said. In one imagined murder he killed Saltash by clubbing him soundly with the butt of a pistol, stoving his skull soundly in one angry thrash. This comforted him not at all. In another he tossed the man overboard with loud words and rough manhandling, throwing Saltash clear, but not carefully of the bulwarks and sending him down tied and screaming to his grave. This only tired him, but it burned off the anger, replacing it with a careworn feeling that left William only a little more aged. He finally gave up imagining anything, for the day had been long, Lasseter was gone to unknown parts and the Whole Company was adrift on two many currents, real and imagined, for him to be angry enough to kill or cause harm. He just wanted to say his peace, give his orders and be abed. When he reached the forward hold he found curious, but well chosen men to guard the prisoner. Manus Hingerty and Alan Woodington stood up quickly, but carefully so as not to strike their hades on the low beams forward. Their presence made him count the watches in his head, because he’d lost track of the ship’s bells. William offered a solitary “Gentlemen” before entering in at the cable tier. Saltash stood up and did hit his head, which William enjoyed despite his growing fatigue about the whole affair. “Sah…” Saltash began and William only raised a hand. “It is not in your best interest to speak, Mister Saltash. Not one word, if you please,” Willam offered quietly, but sternly. “I’ve put my anger to bed, but it is not asleep.” “But, sah, I…” Satlash started again. William gave him a look he once reserved for only the vilest few. A kind of wild, dangerous fire seemed to burn in his looks for a moment as he took in one slow breath. Saltash retreated a little and shut up is mouth. William closed the distance, almost anxious then that Satlash should come at him with some violence, so he’d have reason to kill the man in the moment, but he wouldn’t risk the right of the crew then to have their say. He’d taken their voices from them once before in the slaying of August Muller and had carried the regret of that decision awhile. “Mister Saltash. You will be brought on deck tomorrow to answer some charges laid at your feet. You will have time enough to answer to those charges in the presence of the Whole Company, such as it is. You will keep the night quietly here, where you may rest or lay awake. I care not which.” There was venom in this last remark, and William did not withhold any disdain. “If you leave this compartment for any reason, but to be brought to the head and back again, you will be shot or cut down at the leisure of the marines.” Saltash flinched a little to be under the shadow of Brand’s anger, for he could see it rising like a tide at Wapping. William was almost nose to nose by then. So close was he that Saltash had trouble focusing on him in the low light. “Do I make myself understood?” William said finally and slowly. “Sa…” Satlash stopped to swallow once and repeat. “Sah. Aye Sah.” William turned and left. He left so simply and casually, that Saltash stood almost a full minute before realized he’d been holding his breath at the end. Satlash couldn’t ever remember a man making him so nervous that he forgot to breath, even momentarily. William didn’t even pause with the marines, but asked them as he passed if they understood, having heard all, and they sharply replied with twinned ‘Aye-ayes’ to his back as he went. Then William retired to a hammock made recently empty by the loss of Mister Badger. It was a sobering choice that William made on purpose, so that no member of the Company there would question why he slept in their midst instead of the great cabin. He knew they’d find it either to solemn a choice that the shock might give them pause, or too personal choice to inquire. Either way he’d be left to sleep. If any man aboard took issue with it, he’d address it when they came at him questioning, but didn’t imagine it coming to much, since the other revelations about Saltash would greet the day.
  17. The Pub...past, present and future.

    Now that the newness of Facebook has worn off, its funny how old friends come back!
  18. Largest gathering of tallships on the west coast Ocean Institute, Battle Sails The Capture of BlackBeard on the Brig Pilgrim Living History Camps, Cannons Toshiba Tallships festival
  19. The Pub...past, present and future.

    Many of you will have noticed that we never truly 'closed' the Pub. We've talked about it for years, and discussed what we might do to preserve or archive it, but it's never been formally closed. New membership was halted due to software issues and security (as we had some dozens of robotic applications for every one real person). It was a decision done when applications were few and far between just to rectify attacks on the Pub as it sat silent. So what now? We're discussing that. We're checking avenues to revive and restore the Pub to some of its former glory and bring back all the things which gave everyone a sense of community and place. A few people have offered to donate money for the upkeep, maintenance, hosting costs, etc., and we're talking about that too. We're chasing the task of moving the Pub to a new server with an updated software foundation and all the security and perks which come with it. We hope to work it all out soon enough. Meanwhile, we invite people to come home and put up their feet. The Pub isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's too important. It has heritage and we think it's worth holding on to.
  20. Historic events around the world

    I am frequently asked for specific information on ‘historic’ events and gatherings around the world. To that end, I’d love to know of any historic friendly events. Now, when I say ‘historic’ I do in fact mean historic. Not events with broad claims to authentic piracy, without the true substance of it, but events which truly offer a section of/or whole location devoted to authentic re-enactment, demonstrations and living history. By way of example, there have been some well noted events over the years (though some of them are gone or changed), such as… Lockhouse Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion Fort Knox Pirate Parley Fort de Chartres Rendezvous Beaufort Pirate Invasion We’d all love to know what’s out there. Feel free to be candid about the details and the demographics when recommending an event. Pros and cons are a must for people who are considering time, money and travel, but this isn't the place to bash events which offer only small samplings of history. We're just looking for selective, fair offerings.
  21. On this day in history...

    June 13 - On this day in 1665, English forces beat the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Lowestoft, off Suffolk, England. And on this day in 1774, Rhode Island became the first colony to prohibit the importation of slaves.
  22. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    It's great to see a possible resurgence of this pub. At least she hasn't been scuttled yet!
  23. First Time Traveling to Key West

    The weather is very nice in the late fall. The Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion and Pirates in Paradise events were always the first week of December, and the weather was wonderful.
  24. Welcome aboard!

    I see people joining the hobby all of the time. If you're new and wondering where to start, introduce yourself here and ask any questions you may have and we'll point you in the right direction.
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    June 12 - On this day in 1653, the First Anglo-Dutch War took place at the Battle of the Gabbard/ Battle at North Foreland. The English fleet beat the Dutch. And on this day in 1665, New Amsterdam legally became British and was renamed New York after English Duke of York and England installed a municipal government. Also on this day in 1667, Michiel de Ruyter destroyed the English fleet. And on this day in 1704 in Glocester the following was reported. "Yesterday Major Sewall passed by this place with the Larrimore Galley, and Shallop Trial, standing for Salem, and having little wind, set our men ashore on the Eastern Point, giving of them notice that William Jones, and Peter Roach, two of the Pirates had mistook their way, and were still left upon the Cape, with strict charge to search for them, which our Towns People performed very industriously. Being strangers and destitute of all Succours they surrendered themselves this Afternoon, and were sent to Salem Prison." Also on this day in 1735, Bern was roused to publish her first decree, warning her people of the Oberland against the trip to Carolina. It is a document altogether different from the Zurich decrees, in that it attempted to use persuasion rather than force. The Amtleute were to explain to those desirous of seeking their fortunes in Carolina, that the printed accounts on the subject were misleading, that the sea-journey was a long one, the change of air, the strange food, the lack of fresh water, occasioned sickness and death among Swiss people, pirates on the sea sold them into slavery, and arriving in Carolina as paupers, they were obliged to sell them selves into servitude. Those who in spite of these warnings were determined to go, should not have been prohibited from doing so, nor would they sacrifice the government s good-will, except those who possessed means valued at over five hundred pounds, who should be compelled to give up their citizenship and land-right. Emigration was not to be prohibited, but made distasteful, and the country was to be guarded against loss, as when persons of the homeless class were put into the places of those citizens who had left the district. And finally on this day in 1772, Marion du Fresne was killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori.
  26. June 2019

    Pirate Invasion Long Beach is coming up in California, June 29th & 30th. Pirate Fest on the High Seas the same weekend (June 29th-30th)
  27. 18th Century Pirates help

    I strongly recommend asking here. Very knowledgable group with excellent book recommendations.
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  29. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    I used to live in here twenty-four-seven...or rather...all watches all the time. I miss the weight of traffic and the conversation.
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