'Beer Belly' Bellamy

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About 'Beer Belly' Bellamy

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  • Birthday 09/04/1969

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    Golden Age of Piracy (especially 1715 to 1730), wooden ships/ship building, reenactment / living history...

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  1. Making fire period correct?

    As I was building some hand grenade dummies the question arose, how I am supposed to light them up period correct. As there are no pirate lighter shops around the corner in my part of the globe, I wonder if there are some lighters for the early 1700s to buy somewhere else? Or is there an easier way to light up things?
  2. 'appy Birthday to ye Beer Belly Bellamy

    Thank you very, very much!!! I was not really around here and just discovered this in the moment
  3. "The Strongest Man Carries the Day," Life in New Providence, 1

    Thank you very, very much!!! From first sight this seems to be just that kind of book I was looking for and luckily german amazon offers it. I placed my order instantly.
  4. "The Strongest Man Carries the Day," Life in New Providence, 1

    I read that post at your blog - thank you very much - good work! Maybe it's to pedantic, but I really would love to know how the buildings at Nassau were constructed and how they looked like. Are there any books available about the constructing of buildings of that period and perhaps of that area of the globe? It is not really easy to search the web for this topic as a not native english speaking guy and amazon is a real pain to search without the proper tags! (http://pyracy.com/index.php/topic/19482-how-would-a-pirate-vilagetown-look-like/)
  5. 1718 King's Pardon

    Thanks to a very helpful hint I learn to get such a pardon document right here: http://www.lettersofmarque.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=2
  6. The Sloop of War 1650 - 1763, Ian McLaughlan

    From the album Books

  7. 1718 King's Pardon

    Is there a source of a copy of such a King's Pardon? Governors had the power to issue such a document, but how did it looked like? With the knowledge I could make myself such a King's Pardon document - you never know, it could be helpful one day
  8. The Spanish Main 1492 - 1800

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  9. Spanish Galleon 1530 - 1690

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  10. The Jolly Roger

    In German the term "Freibeuter" means literally 'free to capture' = somebody is allowed (by the authorities) to capture things. So the best content-related translation into english would be Privateer. A "Freibeuter" is not a pirate! As the Dutch language is a German dialect the Dutch term "vrijbuiter" cames from "Freibeuter". So the english term "freebooter" is not a far to off translation, althoug I would translate it into "freelooter" = somebody who is allowed (by the authorities) to loot things!
  11. Flags in use during GAoP

    Colonial Brazil (1500–1815) The Portuguese territories in the Americas, corresponding roughly to what is now Brazil, never had their own official flag, since Portuguese tradition encouraged hoisting the flag of the Kingdom of Portugal in all territories of the Portuguese Crown. The first Brazilian vexillological symbols were private maritime flags used by Portuguese merchant ships that sailed to Brazil. A flag with green and white stripes was used until 1692. The green and white colors represented the House of Braganza and the national colors of Portugal. In 1692, that flag was no longer used by ships that sailed to Brazil and became the flag of the merchant vessels in coastal Portugal. In 1692, a new flag was introduced for merchant vessels sailing to Brazil. The new flag had a white field with a golden armillary sphere. The armillary sphere had served as the personal emblem of King Manuel I of Portugal (reigned 1494-1521). During his reign Portuguese ships used it widely, and eventually it became a national emblem of Portugal and, more specifically, of the Portuguese empire. A similar flag was introduced for the Portuguese ships that sailed to India, but with a red armillary sphere. Despite representing the entire Portuguese empire, the armillary sphere began to be used more extensively in Brazil — the largest and most developed colony at the time — not only in maritime flags, but also on coins and other media. It eventually became the unofficial ensign of Brazil.
  12. Flags in use during GAoP

    The Dutch Republic, also known as the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands (Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden), Republic of the United Netherlands or Republic of the Seven United Provinces (Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Provinciën), was a republic in Europe existing from 1581, when part of the Netherlands separated from Spanish rule, until 1795. Alternative names include the United Provinces (Verenigde Provinciën), Federated Dutch Provinces (Foederatae Belgii Provinciae), and Dutch Federation (Belgica Foederata). Also used as Civil Ensign.
  13. Flags in use during GAoP

    1640 to 1667. 1667 to 1706. 1706 to 1750.
  14. Flags in use during GAoP

    In 1650, Sweden established trading stations along the West African coast, with bases in an area called the Swedish Gold Coast which was later a part of the West African Gold Coast, and which is today part of Ghana. Sweden and Denmark were competing for positions as regional powers during this period, and the Danes followed the Swedes to Africa, setting up stations a couple of years later. In 1663, the Swedish Gold Coast was taken over by the Danish colonial power and became part of the Danish Gold Coast. There is no historical documentation that shows that slaves were ever traded in the trading stations during their 13-year Swedish possession, rather it is assumed to be the case. Swedish trading stations reappeared in the 18th century, when Sweden established a colonial presence in the Caribbean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_overseas_colonies https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_East_India_Company
  15. Flags in use during GAoP

    The red Burgundy cross on white became the main Spanish civil, state and war ensign from 1517 until 1665. In 1665, it remains as civil ensign, while the state and war ensigns became white with the royal arms in several designs. Probably because of the former traditional usage as war ensign of the red saltire on white, many merchant ships flew different versions of the Burgundy cross as civil ensigns. Some Basque ships used a red saltire on blue, and some expeditions to the Netherlands used the red Burgundy saltire over blue and white stripes. But probably the most regularly used civil variant was blue with a white Burgundy saltire. This version was so popular among merchant captains, that it had to be prohibited by law in 1762. Source: Calvo and Grávalos 1983. (http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/es~c1762.html#blu)