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    Norumbega, just shy of the Maritimes
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    history, militaria collecting, background artist for historical film, the sea, wooden ships, living history, watering a new interest in the pirate era.
  1. What are you reading right now ?

    I'm reading The Pirates Pact by Douglas R. Burgess. Utilizing undiscovered archives in England, the Carolinas, Rhode Island, Jamaica, and elsewhere, Burgess reports out on the GAOP from 1660-1725, opening the door on the role of the American colonies and the British Crown on piracy and privateering and how they financially benefitted from unregulated black-market profits. I've just started it, and I have found it totally riveting. A great teaching tool.
  2. Range question

    I had generally been under the impression that the rifled musket was more a 19th century component, and was surprised to find that the Thomas Dotson Doglock musket was being produced in the mid-17th century http://www.nramuseum.com/the-museum/the-galleries/old-guns-in-a-new-world/case-7-the-snaphaunce,-the-doglock-the-miquelet/thomas-matson-doglock-musket.aspx As to range and accuracy of ships cannon, others may speak effectively on it, but I found this lengthy piece on the Portuguese galleon Santissimo Sacramento, lost off Brazil in May of 1668 to be very informative and quite in-depth as to the ships cannon recovered, and the manufacture, which, I feel, would dovetail nicely in to the question of gunnery. http://www.angelfire.com/ga4/guilmartin.com/Santissimo.html
  3. If you've never experienced the remote beauty of Eastport and the Northeast coast along the Maritimes, then make your way to it's 7th annual pirate festival this September 7-9. This event continues to grow and evolve each year and the town really gets behind it. Adding to it this year will be the HMS Bounty. http://eastportpiratefestival.com
  4. swearing among pirates alike

    I'm reading George Choundas's book "The Pirate Primer," (2007) and have found it quite interesting. All sorts of good stuff in there. Among the things he covers, are: Oaths, Epithets, and Curses----curse meaning a curse being placed upon someone or thing. Curses include: be damned to you with all my heart be off to hell blast you blast your deadlights blast your eyes blind you bloody end to you bone-rot you burn and blast your bones a curse on you a curse out of Egypt on you damn you to the depths devil burn you eat that what falls from my tail go to the devil when you please God rot your bones gut you for a .......... hang you here's a black passage to you may every curse ever cursed light on and blast you od rot the ____of you od rot your bones plague and perish you a plague on your scurvy head
  5. Eye Glasses during the GAoP

    Located in Waterville, Maine, you could always peruse the wares of Ed Welch's Antique Vintage Eyeglasses. He carries original 18th century specs. You could email him with your wants here; information@eyeglasseswarehouse.com
  6. NatGeo Warrior Graveyard series

    Egad. I'm not sure if this means I can play marbles with this group or not. Tip of the tricorn to any who found it of use at any road. As an aside, like an ass, I failed to write down local lore by a ships catamaran captain while I was upon his vessel, when I was in Bloody Bay, Negril, Jamaica this past December. If I can get myself back to the area in the next year or so, a main focus will be Port Royal.
  7. NatGeo Warrior Graveyard series

    This 2011 segment had probably been discussed before, yet doing a search I hadn't found it, so I thought I'd set it down here if anyone were interested. This morning over breakfast, I happened to catch the NatGeo, Warrior Graveyard segment, "Navy of the Damned." Had anyone else seen it? Granted, it reported out on the British Navy during the 18th/19th century, but it was very well done, and I think that many of the daily struggles of the British Naval sailor transferred to that of the pirates as well. If you'd not seen it, and find yourself interested, I'm hoping this link works; www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKHczkvtDwY
  8. Sirens

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  9. Sirens

    Aye, stay clear...... Definitions of a siren: 1. a woman-like creature who caused the wreck of ships and death of men by the use of their sweet singing and instrumental playing 2. a dangerous beautiful woman 3. Greek root meaning to bind or attach 4. something which makes a loud warning sound often found on police cars, ambulances and fire trucks The sirens were the daughters of the sea god Phorcys or Achelous, the river god, and Malpomene, the muse of tragedy. They are most commonly referred to as the daughters of Achelous and Malpomene. There are many conflicts as to their number, their names, their appearance and the origin of that appearance. The most common names for the sirens are: [bibliography 4] o Aglaophonos: one of brilliant voice o Thelxepeia: one who uses words to enchant o Peisino‘: the persuasive one o Molpe: one with song The most well known story of how the daughters of Achelous became sirens is that they were playmates with Persephone and when they refused to help search for her when she was abducted, they were turned into birds. Another story claims that Aphrodite turned them into birds because they wanted to remain virgins. [bibliography 7] Another version of the story states that the daughters were present when Persephone was ravished by Hades and bid Zeus for wings to pursue Hades. A final story claims the opposite of all the others so far in one aspect, the sirens lose their wings and do not gain them for some reason. This final story states that the sirens lost their wings when the Muses pulled them out because they had been challenged. The Muses banished the sirens, who because of this humiliation, left for the islands near the coast of Southern Italy. They occupied many islands, some of these being: o Cape Peloris o Capri o Siren Isles o isle of Anthemusa No matter what the story, the most represented view of the sirens is as a bird with a woman's head. The sirens devoured sailors that happened to pass their islands and succumbed to their songs, however the Argonauts passed safely by as Orpheus outsang the sirens causing the sirens to throw themselves into the sea to die. The body of one of the sirens was washed back onto shore where many, many years later the city of Naples arose. [bibliography 5] The sirens, who lived in a flowery meadow on an island off the coast of Sicily, waited for ships to pass, were irresistible and lured men to their deaths. When a ship would pass, the sirens would sing and play music to attract the men. [bibliography 6]These men who listened to their songs could never leave and would therefore just die on the banks of the island. Only two ships have passed the sirens without falling victim to their singing, the ships of the Argonauts and Odysseus. Orpheus sang very loudly, overpowering the sirens in order to distract the crew so they would not listen to the sirens. One man jumped overboard, but Aphrodite brought him back to the ship and saved him from the fate of the sirens temptations, death. [bibliography 7] In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus is warned by Circe that he will pass the sirens island. She tells him to plug his men's ears with wax so they can not hear the sirens songs and to have them tie him tightly to the mast so he may listen if he wants to experience their seduction. The picture of the sirens attempting to seduce Odysseus and his crew from Women in Classical Mythology at Princeton University is a clear representation of this scene. Odysseus would have fallen in the sirens trap but for being tightly bound to the mast of the ship. Odysseus therefore chose to experience the sirens temptations and would have succumbed to the sirens but for his foresight to have his men bound him to the mast of the ship. The picture from the Geocities Athen Forum is another representation of this scene of Odysseus resisting the sirens temptations. Since he did not die, the sirens must since it was well known that a "Siren dies if a man successfully resists her charms." The sirens are often depicted as plunging head first into Odysseus' ship or the ocean after he has successfully resisted their temptations. The picture to the right depicts one of the sirens plunging head first into the ship because Odysseus has resisted her seduction. [bibliography 6] Odysseus, strapped to the mast as he passes the Sirens. Source: Geocities Picture Index The sirens voice was not the only cause of temptation for men. Their choice of words was the main temptation since they sung of how the men would be seen in the future after they died. In the Odyssey the sirens sing of the honor and glory that the men will be remembered as heroes of the Trojan War. The subject of these songs is therefore the dream of Greeks during this time; unceasing honor and glory. The sirens basically immortalize the men they are trying the seduce, but in reality they are trying to kill the men. The reasons as to why they are trying to kill men have been argued again and again. Many believe that the sirens consume the dead bodies, while others believe that the attraction or power they held over men was the only reason for luring men to their death. The sirens also lied to the men when they sang since they claimed that the men will leave wiser for having listened to their song. The song that the sirens sang to Odysseus tells Odysseus he will be wiser when he leaves, but all know this is a lie since he would die there if he succumbed. [bibliography 6] Odysseus being tempted by the sirens Source: Geocities Athens Forum Return to link for Geocities Athen Forum picture "Come closer, famous Odysseus - Achaea'spride and glory-moor your ship on our coast so you can hear our song! Never has any sailor passed our shores in his black craft until he has heard the honeyed voices pouring from our lips, and once he hears to his heart's content sails on, a wiser man. We know all the pains that Achaeans and Trojans once endured on the spreading plain of Troy when the gods willed it so - all that comes to pass on the fertile earth, we know it all!" [bibliography 3] As can be seen by the pile of body remains around the sirens islands that is depicted in every story, the sirens are associated with death and are therefore often found on grave markers or on objects found in graves. The three handled hydria was found in a grave in Kerameikos and strengthens the belief that sirens were associated closely with death. The Egyptian soul ba is very similar to the sirens in the sense that ba was a bird-headed woman which left the body of a dead person. [bibliography 6] The Orientals also have a soul-bird or ghost that stole into the living to share with it its fate of death. [bibliography 1] The sirens are also found on mirror stands for women to remind them that their beauty and powers of irresistibility are of voice and words as well as appearance. http://www.arthistory.sbc.edu/imageswomen/...iren.html#link1
  10. Mr. Gibb's [POTC] coat...er...vest

    I was perusing an 18th century Royal Navy/Marine site this afternoon and happened upon a gent who goes by the name Michael the Tailor. I have no idea of the quality of his work, perhaps someone here knows of him and can render an opinion. He does provide raw diagrams of his goods and he does custom work as well. Perhaps he could construct your jacket for you. Prices seem reasonable. You can give it a look here: http://www.angelfire.com/va/sutler/sps.html
  11. Mr. Gibb's [POTC] coat...er...vest

    Gibbs jacket Photo of Gibbs http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1179228416/ch0001230 If you go to the Kevin R. McNally fan site and click on photos, it will bring up several pages of his film work. The bank of photos 51-75 & 76-100 include a couple of photos of him in jacket. One nifty little option is a zoom function. Click on any photo, then right click your mouse, and it activates a zoom function for close up viewing. You'll find it handy in random photos of him in his jacket in the cargo net. His photos can be found here: http://www.kevinmcnally.moonfruit.com/#/ph...otos/4514555115 This is a little larger photo of his jacket, though obscured. I would add that there are many good production photos that you can scroll through to the right in "Gallery view." http://movies.yahoo.com/summer-movies/Pira.../photos/79/2544 Official Disney POTC site for At World End. Click on the menu stone, then click on the Gallery. To view the photo selection just slide the bar. The fourth photo contains one of Gibbs in his jacket. Again, another somewhat obscured photo. To be truthful, I thought the design was pretty cool. http://movies.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite...tes.movies.com/ This site had a couple of nice photos of Gibb's jacket. Just click to enlarge. http://www.thehobbithole.co.uk/Pirates%20o...432_rgb_jpg.jpg http://www.thehobbithole.co.uk/Pirates%20o...898_rgb_jpg.jpg http://www.thehobbithole.co.uk/Pirates%20o...296_rgb_jpg.jpg Hope they prove useful mate.
  12. Clay Pipes

    With exceptions, wearing it on your hat is more a reenactorism I think. Short stems were a norm----a result of having them in a pocket. There was a fine maker of hand rolled clay pipes along the coast up on the Maritimes of Nova Scotia called Olde World Clay Pipes. I don't know if he's still in business, but his selection was phenomenal, and he was very knowledgeable. I'm including a dated article from him with contact information at the bottom of the page. I hope he's still in business and the article proves useful. http://computeme.tripod.com/claypipe.html
  13. Which of Jas Townsend's garb is GAoP friendly?

    I won't disagree with what you're saying, but I think in the final analysis, what I am saying is that whether it's a pirate portrayed accurately or inaccurately by Johnny Depp, or Errol Flynn, the end product serves to whet the appetitite of the masses---and then it's up to us to dig deeper to garner our truths. Sadly, most people don't want or need that, they just like the "look." I have worked in film, both on a couple of large projects and on smaller projects such as Indy film or the History Channel, and it is always among the latter two where you will find the more authentic living historians (why is that?). From a distance however, it's going to take a practiced eye to discern the difference between the two entities, yet in the end even the larger project plays a role in enticement. We can punch holes in it, but John Q. Public would never spot the differences. Ultimately, the reasons lie within each of us to search and research. I'm looking forward to researching the material culture of this historical period further and I'll take a serious look at the resources mentioned above. Many thanks to those who put in the time to provide it, and to those who share that information with the rest of us.
  14. Which of Jas Townsend's garb is GAoP friendly?

    Well yes, but then again, I didn't feel that I could render a decision on liver until I'd tried it. One thing I have learned in many years of living history is that all of the resources exist, but they often need to be excavated----and sometimes from unlikely sources. As well, sharing that information along the way is not only a courtesy, but critical to broadening the interest and growth of whatever historical period we're engaged in. I'm not necessarily advocating this website as a new catchall, it's simply being offered as a resource in which to glean from. To say that you're not likely to visit it is a personal choice, but in doing so you rather invalidate your opinion of it. Having just joined it, I'm still looking around, but I'm remaining open until I've examined it. I'm doing the same here. I am sorry to hear that the search function on this particular website is so under utilized. The ones I frequent on my other historical websites get quite a workout. I'll make it a point to push the button to take a tour of Mr. Hand's research as suggested. It sounds extensive. Thanks for the tip.
  15. Which of Jas Townsend's garb is GAoP friendly?

    As I said, I'm still learning my way around the pirate fleet, but I did recently join a Yahoo group called potccostuming. They have some very knowledgeable people there who do make garments, plus some nice photo documentation of garments from POTC to look at and compare. They seem like a very experienced group and have some decent resources. You might check in and take a look.