WHOS A PRETTY PIRATE THEN?
Fun Facts about Pirates
The most feared pirate of all was Blackbeard (AKA Edward Teach) was known as the most terrifying pirate in the world. Before capturing a ship he would weave hemp into his beard and light it on fire—an intimidation tactic that made him look demonic. Shiver me timbers!
Being a pirate wasn’t just for men. Famous female pirates include Mary Read, Anne Bonny, Grace O’Malley, Gráinne Mhaol and Ching Shih.
Although walking the plank is common in contemporary pirate lore, most pirates just killed people straightaway. When they did torture their prisoners, it was usually through keelhauling (dragging a tied sailor in the water from the back of the ship), marooning a person on a deserted island or remote sandbar, or lashings with a leather whip.
Grog—a mixture of rum, water, lemon juice, and sugar—was the drink of choice for pirates.