A to J
– A capable and good sailor.
– Crazy, not thinking straight or just plain silly.
– A fool, somebody who is always silly.
– Floating free, without being steered or with anyone in charge.
– The back of the ship.
Ahoy! – ‘Hello.'
– Up high, often refers to ship’s masts and rigging.
– A surprise attack.
– Yes/That’s great/I agree.
– The rules a pirate must follow while on a ship.
– ‘Stop that now!’ or ‘Who’s there?’
– ‘Yes, definitely.’
– ‘Of course, I’ll do that now.’
– The weight used to keep a ship steady and upright.
– Mediterranean coast off of North Africa.
– A kind of shell fish which can stick to the hull (bottom) of a ship. They cause the ship to go slower if not scraped off regularly.
Batten down the hatches
– Prepare for a storm.
– Use instead of ‘am’, ‘are’ or ‘is’.
– When a ship can’t move because there’s no wind to fill the sails.
– ‘By God!’
– ‘Stop that, Now!’
– Leg irons attached to the deck of a ship.
– The dirtiest, smelliest and lowest part of a ship or to talk rubbish.
– A rat that lives in the dirtiest, smelliest and lowest part of a ship. This is not a nice name to call somebody.
– The icky, revolting, disgusting water that covers the bilge floor.
– A person/animal that has had a curse put on them or is sentenced to death.
– A man who lies and who you can’t trust.
– Riches that have usually been stolen.
– The officer on the ship in charge of deck crew, rigging and anchors, also called a ‘boatswain’.
– A reward, usually paid by the Government for the capture of a criminal.
– Next to another ship, side by side, with the long sides of the ships facing.
– Pirates, usually from Hispaniola, who attacked Spanish ships in the Caribbean.
– A pirate’s room on a ship.
– A heavy rope.
– Chicken eggs.
- The person in charge of the ship.
– Short for ‘Captain’.
– To clean the hull of a ship.
– Scraping off all the dirt and barnacles that have become stuck to the bottom of a ship so that it sails faster.
– A barrel used to hold liquids, foods, gun powder and other things that need to stay dry.
– A person who has been shipwrecked.
– A whip made up of nine knotted ropes and used as punishment.
– The songs pirates sing while they are working. (Also spelt ‘shantey’ or ‘shanty’.)
– A magnetic needle that spins freely in a casing to point out which way is north, south, east or west, and all directions in between.
– Goods that are smuggled illegally.
– A group of ships traveling together.
– Pirates in the Mediterranean.
– A wooden bed, hung from rafters, and is more comfortable than a hammock.
– A lookout point at the top of the highest mast of a ship.
– A curved sword, often used by sailors.
Davy Jones Locker
– The bottom of the ocean.
– The highest floor on a ship.
– A person working on a ship, sometimes shortened to ‘hand’.
– A name you might call a friend if you want to insult them (nicely).
– An old Spainish gold coin.
– ‘Good Luck.’
- A length of 6ft (1.8m ish). Is often the distance from fingertip to fingertip when men stretch their arms out sideways.
– To whip.
– Short for ‘forward’.
– To roll up and tie in place, often done to sails.
– A large, squarish ship used in war or to carry cargo.
– A plank of wood put on the side of a ship and rested on land, so that people can get on and off the ship.
– ‘Clear a path.’
– What you might say when somebody leaves, meaning ‘Travel safe’ or ‘Good luck’.
– Rum mixed with water or any kind of alcohol.
– To call to another ship.
– A large piece of material hung from the rafters that a crew member sleeps in.
– A safe place.
– The toilet on a ship.
– To change the direction of the ship so it is facing forwards into the wind.
– The space in a ship where cargo or prisoners were kept.
– A dance or a single reeded musical instrument.
– To cheat.
– A person who cheats.
– The old, dismantled body of a ship, sometimes used as prisons.
– The body of a ship, not including the masts and rigging.
– Leg irons attached to the deck of a ship (also called ‘bilboes’).
– The pirate flag - a white skull and crossbones on a black background.