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  1. Pyracy Pub Flag

    That's a great shot. I'm so glad to see it making the rounds. It was always intended to travel.
  2. On this day in history...

    June 24 - On this day in 1675, King Philip's War in North America began when Native Peoples attacked colonists at Swansea, Plymouth colony. And on this day in 1669, the French warship 'Therese' sank off Heraklion after an accidental explosion of the powder magazine. Also in 1683, Nicholas Van Hoorn died. Nicholas Van Hoorn was engaged with Laurens de Graaf and Michel de Grammont in the capture of Vera Cruz in 1683. The division of the spoil led to a duel between Hoorn and de Graaf, which was fought on the shores of the bay of San Sacrifield, 8–10 km from Vera Cruz. Van Hoorn was seriously wounded in his arm. After he had returned to his ship, the extreme heat, combined with the absence of surgical aid and his passion for drink, soon ended his life. He was buried at Isla Mujeres on June 24th.
  3. On this day in history...

    June 22 - On this day in 1679, the Duke of Monmouth defeated Scottish Covenanters at Bothwell Bridge.
  4. On this day in history...

    June 21 - On this day in 1720, Bartholomew Roberts arrived in Trepassey, Newfoundland.
  5. The French Cook, 1673

    4. Pottage of Partridges with Coleworts. Cleanse them well, lard them with great lard, truss them, and put them in the pot with good broth; put also your coleworts in the pot with your Partridges; after the are sodden, you shall pass into it a little melted lard, and season them with cloves and pepper, and salt, and some mace, then stove or soak your crusts, garnish them with sweetbreads of veal, or with sausages, if you have any, and lemon, and salt on the dish sides; then serve.
  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.”
  7. Birds

    I know. It's almost cliche...but...let's see your favorite, feathery, little pirates.
  8. On this day in history...

    June 20 - The preparations took some years; there were other (political) affairs who took attention. In December 1577 Drake was ready. With the support of the queen and high officials many rich investors had financed the ships, crews and provisions; the queen put 1.000 pounds in. The fleet (one large ship, Pelican, later re-named Golden Hind, and four smaller ones, c. 160 seamen and a dozen of what they then called “gentlemen adventurers”, in casu “angry, young men” who also had invested in the enterprise) set sail on December 13, 1577 to reach the Strait of Magellan June 20, 1578. There two ships had to be sunk and one captain, Th. Doughty, to be hanged (some say he was beheaded). One ship perished during the passage in the Strait, and a fourth one found it much better to turn around and sail home. That left Golden Hind finding her own lonely way.
  9. The French Cook, 1673

    3. Pottage for Health. Take Capons, cleanse them well, truss them up, and put them in a pot with broth, and cover them, lest the broth do wax black; season them with salt, a little whole pepper, beaten cinnamon, beaton cloves and mace, and seeth them well with store of good herbs (in winter, succory;) then take up garnish with your herbs, viz. with carduus, rub the bottom of your dish with a clove of garlick, and parslie roots or succory, and scalded grapes or carved turnips; and serve.
  10. On this day in history...

    June 19 - On this day in 1704, the trial against John Quelch for piracy, robbery, and murder opened in Boston. And the Boston Newsletter reported the following on this day in 1704. "Storms of Wind, with which it Pleased Almighty God to Afflict the greatest Part of this our Kingdom on Friday and Saturday the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh days of November last." The domestic news relates largely to the seizure of Quelch's band of prates. There are also reports of hostile movements of the French and Indians. "Rhode-Island…On the 19. Instant arrived Moses Butterworth in a Sloop from Barbadoes, 22. days passage, came out in Company with the Blackmail man of War, going in pursuit of the Country Briganteen, sent out from Barbadoes, some time before on a Cruise, having 50. of the man of War's men on board her, who instead of Returning, turn'd Pirate, and took an English Ship bound from London to Antigua, robb'd her and let her go : The news being brought from Antigua to Barbadoes, they immediately sent the Blackwall after her." And on this day in 1719, Captain Howell Davis (or Hywel) (or Davies) was ambushed and killed. He was a Welsh pirate. His piratical career lasted just 11 months, from 11 July 1718 to 19 June 1719. His ships were the Cadogan, Buck, Saint James, and Rover. Davis captured 15 known English and French ships.
  11. Oct 10th - Tybee Island Pirate Fest

    October 10th 0 October 13th, 2019 - 1 Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 https://www.facebook.com/events/306144790215897/
  12. Pyracy.com Discord Channel

    We used to have a lovely, live feed chat option during the height of the Pub's activity, but it got buggy fast and it crashed a lot after one particular software upgrade (some upgrades being better or worse than others). For those of you that use Discord (which, coincidently, is a great name for a chat service involving a bunch of scoundrels) there is a Pyracy.com Discord channel. Stop by anytime. Leave a text message, even if no one is there, or jump on the live channel aptly labeled 'Parlay'. People will likely come and go, so stop by often enough to see who is online. As it grows, we'll schedule 'events' on there to watch movies together and talk shop on various subjects. https://discord.gg/FMdvhS
  13. Where have all the pirates gone?

    We've also lost a few to time and tragedy. Raise a glass.
  14. The Pub...past, present and future.

    Thank you for 'representing'. We're reaching out to various people and recruiting some new moderators. We hope to have enough daily content and replies to keep it going, so find old threads and new and help keep the conversations lively.
  15. Toshiba Tallships Festival-Dana Point CA Sep 6-8 2019

    How many historic ships on average are part of the festival? I mean this in terms of presence, tours, mock battles, sail outings, etc.
  16. The French Cook, 1673

    2. Pigeons otherwayes Take Pigeons, and when you have farsed and boned them, fry them in butter or minced lard and put to them broth, pepper, nutmeg slic’d ginger, cinnamon beaton, Coriander-seed, raisins of the sun, currans, with vinegars and serve them with the sauce, being first steeped in it four or five hours, and well stewed down. In Summer you may use damsins, sweet herbs, chopped grapes, bacon slices, white wine.
  17. On this day in history...

    June 18 - On this day in 1629, a sea battle at Dungeness occurred wherein Piet Heyn beat the Dunkirkers, commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy.
  18. 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.
  19. On this day in history...

    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.
  20. Tsunami Kate

    Today's special is a Caribbean favorite. Salt fish and green figs with a side of avocado.
  21. Tsunami Kate

    I finally became a Cap'n on this 'ere island of Pyracy, so I spent the night in celebratin' ashore with wine, women and song. I drank 'til I couldn't stand and then I drank sittin'. Then I drank lying down. I don't remember what I did after that. Strange. Still... ...imagine me surprise when I awoke the next day to find the deed to a frigate clutched in me fingers! I unrolled the paper to read and re-read the name. It seems that I was new owner of a Spanish frigate which had been oddly named "Katherine the Great". A Spanish ship named for Russian royalty? I wondered how had I even come to own such a vessel. I found upon inquiry, that I had won her in a game of chance sometime during the night, though it was hard to consider it a win when I finally located her berth. She lay in the trees, a full 200 feet from the tide line. She was upright but listing 5 degrees to larboard with her starboard side facing out to sea and her stern almost due west. Her sails had been stripped for other ships long before my arrival and more than a little timber had been taken as well. She had little riggin' left and her color showed that she had endured at least one season of neglect since that fateful wave had brought her hard ashore. I was stunned. I stood transfixed, both in horror and delight. Here was a ship of excellent make too far from the sea to ever know it again. Here was a vessel of strong timbers that had most unexpectedly arrived in a grove of pecan trees and date palms. Here was a most sad and glorious site mixed together. At first, I did not know what to do. Then, I clambered aboard to survey her depths. Little or no furnishings remained except those built into her original design. Only a few doors were missing and she seemed deceptively new in places, but poorly neglected just the same. The galley remained much as it had been, with some evidence of fire remaining from her inland journey. I numbered the two stoves appreciably and noted the well made cupboards and larder. One could feed a fair number with such a kitchen, but what of that? I reminded meself that she were landlocked and should remain so without an undertaking that I meself could never afford. My remaining rummaging revealed more of the same. A good ship that might never sail again. I stood at the wheel for the better part of an hour. I then took to pacing her length for another hour and a half. When the sun was near it's zenith it occurred to me that she might be put to good use. She might be home to a crew of a sort. She might know the devotions of many a sailor again. She might be home to those of us that find ourselves landlocked and in need of the sea... ...so I went to work. Today I open the doors to me first piratical establishment. I've sewn up her wounds and staved off her decay and neglect. Sixteen barrels of good oil and not a few casks of nails, wooden pegs and iron pins have put her right again. I've polished brass, glass and beam. I've scraped, reshaped and verily resurrected what would have been lost if not for drunken chance. She be landlocked surely, but she be a fine ship nonetheless, and until I can drag her back to sea, I shall fill this unfortunate interval in her life with music, mirth and merry-makin'! So come aboard and enjoy a pint. Sit down a spell and spin some smoke rings and yarns. To name this new establishment, I have borrowed on her life from before and the circumstances that brought her here... ...I call her Tsunami Kate. To slake and satiate all who enter in.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.