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  1. The Boots We Wear (On Bucket Boots)

    Ha ha ha! Probably the oldest debate on this site. By the way, what timeframe were these done?
  2. 18th Century Whaling for Oil

    What are you looking for specifically? In the later 18th Century, the south sea fisheries was beginning to be used for the whalers, though plenty of whaling was still done in the north Atlantic. So, while Moby Dick is set later in the early to mid 19th Century, Melville's experience on a whaler dates a couple of decades earlier, and the real life ship, Essex, which was sunk by a whale went down in the 1820's. Essex was small for a whaling ship of that time, and was in fact launched in 1799. So the experience was probably not a whole lot different than in the latter 18th Century. However, for more specifics I would recommend contacting Mystic Seaport, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, or the New Bedford Whaling Museum (at least for American whaling history-and I'm sure they can point you in the right direction if you're looking for other nationalities). Hope I helped.
  3. Singing Prop - What to Do?

    This is probably the wrong page for this inquiry. However, a lot depends on your boat, your engine, what the prop is, and what's causing the 'singing' (vibration, change of engine effort to create the RPMs, etc.). I'd recommend going back and looking in to the solutions provided on the cruiser's forum, or consult a marine mechanic or architect. There are a lot of factors, and 'singing' is not a very helpful description of a problem. Ultimately though, does it propel the boat and is it causing damage?
  4. Pirate fantasy?

    Tons of pirate fantasy stories out there. Treasure Island is a classic, both book and many movies. Really, just check your local library, bookstore or online and there are plenty of fictional pirate stories in book, film and plays. Heck, I've got well over a dozen children's books about pirates for my kids (I've even got more than one pirate Christmas book for them). Most pirate books these days are fictional to a high degree, unless you're reading academic sources (and there are a number of those out there as well). There really is no lack of fantasy pirate stories, as they've been produced in great quantities for well over the past century. Hope this helps, but I'm surprised that you're not able to find anything even on the internet. Additionally, the Pirates of the Caribbean films began over a decade ago, so they're really not the driving forces anymore. Probably Black Sails has more influence these days. I could probably be more helpful if you were more specific about what kind of stories you're searching for. Are you looking for fiction using historical characters? Out of time pirate stories? Space pirates? Pirates vs. Ninjas? Gingerbread Pirates? Plausible yet still fictional pirate stories? I could make recommendations for all these categories and more. If you're just looking for nautical in general, I can help out there as well (can't go wrong with Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series or Forrester's Hornblower series). Good luck.
  5. What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

    I've found Kass to be quite knowledgeable and helpful over at Reconstructing History. They do have some medeival patterns, and if you email them with questions I'm sure you'd get a knowledgeable reply. I, however, am far from an expert in that area.
  6. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    I'm glad to hear he's backing up the databases. Would it possibly be available one day on a thumb drive, CD or DVD for reference? It might not be a huge calling, but there are some here that would love to be able to look back over the decade of compiled information (especially that which is cited). Even for a nominal fee, and with no specific research or project in mind, I'd be interested in something like that. You know, when you speak to him next...
  7. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    Well, it's nearing mid October and she still seems to be afloat, albeit seeming like a ghost ship these days. It's still something I open up once in a while out of habit and nostalgia. Cheers to all my shipmates at the pub throughout the years. Coastie04
  8. Salted Horse

    For the salt cured horse meat in asian countries, how is it salted? I read that most of the salt in Asia was traditionally transported and used as a brine (such as fish sauce, soy sauce, etc.) instead of as dried salt. Would that still have similar curing properties? Or would it essentially pickle the meat in a salty brine?
  9. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    If you're looking at heaven/hell, often when I've seen the superstitions, Fiddler's Green is more of a paradise/heaven than Davy Jones' Locker. Some myths state that Davy Jones' Locker is where sailors go if they die at sea, while Fiddler's Green is where they go if they die on land. I generally don't hear of Davy Jones' Locker being necessarily bad, but it isn't the utopia and 'holiday' that Fiddler's Green is made out to be. So if you want to use them as heaven/hell, it would be easier to have FG = Heaven and DJL = Hell. At least that's my two cents worth.
  10. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    Yep, I check it every so often when I'm actually at my computer. I hope that it's because the information is somehow being compiled and saved, but most likely just waiting for the licenses (or whatever contract term is used for a webpage) to expire.
  11. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    Yet she's being towed to the breaker's yard...
  12. Farewell Twill

    Does this mean I can now go to reenactments in a leather tricorn and bucket boots with a scantily clad 'female pirate', calling myself Captain Twill? It's not like anyone can check my research anymore if I just have a bunch of random pyracy pub on my smart phone to show them :) Oh, and ARRRGH!
  13. Because I still can (apparently)

    Pyracy Pub 2003-2017 Just had to get that extra year in for the record books.
  14. Farewell Twill

    Fair winds and following seas. "Oh better that her shattered hulk should sink beneath the waves, Her thunders shook the mighty deep and there should be her grave. So nail to the mast her holy flag; set every threadbare sail, And give her to the God of storms, the lightning and the gale."
  15. The Way Ahead

    Well, in good sailor fashion, I assumed the best, but prepared for the worst.
  16. The Way Ahead

    Moderators of said facebook group might want to have a couple of 'canned' answers to common questions filed away in a word document so that they can just be cut/pasted when those inevitable questions arise. You know: bucket boots, proper flags and why pirates say "arrrgh" all the time. Unfortunately we can no longer cite/link
  17. Secret Gift Exchange 2016

    Well, as it looks like it might just be the 3 of us (unless Duchess is holding out on some other names), I wouldn't mind sharing all of the addresses and sending 2 gifts. Also, she did say that she would have the PMs sent by December 1st, so she's still got some time to stay on schedule.
  18. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    The way I understand it, it would require purging all of the personal information so that it doesn't get hacked. I've heard that's harder than it sounds (I don't know, maybe it would delete posts from the user if their profile was deleted?). I'll trust the gurus that know much more than I about these things. I'll still be happy to lend what coins I can spare to see it done properly.
  19. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    I agree with this. For those who know better than Cascabel and myself (and I believe that there was a suggestion by Michael S Bagely -if I'm not mistaken- on Facebook), what is the best way of preserving the information that has been collected here throughout nearly a decade and a half? If there is a way to copy the information and make a new, non-forum searchable reference webpage with all of the Twill topics, I'd gladly spare some silver to see it done. Heck, I wouldn't even need the T-shirt or stickers this time (though, a crowd sourcing fundraiser with those same T-shirts, stickers, etc. as incentives would be another idea for raising necessary funds for creating a new reference pub). Please don't let all this knowledge evaporate; I haven't had time to read it all yet!
  20. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    As for selling it, my proposal was merely to keep the information in some form and offset the actual costs of doing so (such as the physical CD(s) or other information storage device and shipping), plus possibly a tiny pittance to whomever actually did the work to keep the information available in some format. As for other locations, I'm sure I don't have nearly all of them, but there is a Pyracy Pub facebook page, plus I often keep up to date on many related topics on the facebook pages Historical Sailing Ships and other Maritime Marvels, Authentic Pirate Living History, Maritime Archaeology, and No Quarter Given (which originally printed a great little magazine that was somewhat a basis for the original pyracy pub, as mentioned above by Fox). Hope to see you on those fascinating, new, but not always better cyber seas. Coastie04 aka Michael Lamonica (for facebook recognition)
  21. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    I'll definitely lament it as I would the burning of a library. Although there is much misinformation here (especially from a decade ago when we were just bringing historical reenacting of piracy more mainstream instead of just SCA/entertainment groups), there is a huge wealth of searchable information as well. It would be great if we could save just the captain twill section somehow and possibly even sell it for a reasonable price to those who would want to keep it as reference. Unfortunately, I'm more at home on the ocean than on the cyber seas, otherwise I'd volunteer to do that work myself.
  22. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    After 13 years of thorough enjoyment and education, I will be shedding more than one tear at the event. It really has become a wealth of knowledge, and I will miss many of the friends whom I have met, at least on the cyber seas. Hopefully many of them will continue on with the facebook page and other sources. Cheers to all the moderators throughout the years!
  23. How to split 2 ships and chase only one?

    Additionally, if the pirate ship sailed toward two unescorted merchants, there's a good chance that they would split up and each sail what they thought to be their best point of sail to outrun the pirates. In this case, depending on the relative positions of the vessels with regard to the prevailing winds, if the pirate ship attacked a more windward vessel, it's possible that the leeward vessel would not be able to beat to windward in time to help.
  24. Secret Gift Exchange 2016

    I'm in.
  25. Pirates and Privateers

    Fox, your explanation brought up something that I've been pondering for some time (but not doing the research). Were colonial privateers during the American Revolution (or whatever name you Brits use...) treated as privateers or pirates if captured? Were any captured during that war? Just wondering if you've come across any references that might shed some light on this.