The Language of the Sea How is it?
Pirates, like other men of the sea, have their language, or sailor slang, that others do not always understand. Each object only has one word, so as not to be mistaken
The Sailor and Pirate Language
The men of the sea have their own language. Pirates and corsairs were no exception, they all had to master that sailor slang. They had their own vocabulary, with clear and precise meanings. Maneuvering a ship during a storm was complicated in itself. Orders had to be clear and in precise language.
The sea has its own world and its own vocabulary, which is necessary to know
The Pirates were sailors with their jargon and their own words
Pirates, like other men of the sea, have their language, which others do not always understand.
Words of marine terms that constitute a whole language. His work has tools that are not so common outside the sea.
The Words of the Sea
Used on boats
In the places of fishermen, sailors, pirates etc, certain words are used to describe their activities and the handling of their boats. Words that did not allow for misinterpretation. Clear and precise language was needed to avoid mistakes.
Pirates lived, manned, and sailed on ships. Their life on board was like that of other sailors of the time and they used the same language as seamen.
Bow, Stern, Starboard, Port, ..
Few people know more than these words
And probably with doubts. They couldn’t even follow the directions to steer the wheel. The command “to port” or the announcement “all to port” could create embarrassment. We can observe it in the way of acting of family and friends. A whole risk for the handling of the boat or in a dangerous situation
Words that are the Vocabulary of the Sea
Dictionary of Marine Terms
There are words that have been used for centuries in marine environments and that if we do not know them make it difficult for us to understand, from texts from literature to cinema. We miss the explanations that are given about the world of the sea and the stories of pirates.
Some are expressions or exclamations known to be used by sailors and pirates. Perhaps one of the most famous is “ahoy”, which was sometimes used as “Ah” “or sometimes as” Land in sight! “Or” Ship in sight! “Even simply as” come on! “It ended up being international, since a large part of the Caribbean pirates were predominantly English and French.
Rigging: Generality that includes sails, rigging, ropes, etc.
Arboladura: The grouping of masts that a ship has.
Port: Left side of the ship looking from the stern.
Windward: Part through which the wind is received.
Cabos: Rope of this on board a boat.
Load candles: Collect the candles.
Castle: Elevated part of the Prow.
Ciar: Navigate backwards.
Cureña: Wooden support to place the cannons.
Starboard: Right side of the ship looking from the stern.
Mizzen: Club closest to the stern.
Bow: Front of the boat.
Stern: Rear of the boat.
Keel: Bottom of the boat.
Gust: A gust of wind.
Sextant: Instrument to calculate distances and position with respect to the sun.
Leeward: Destination direction of the wind.
Ratchet: First mast of the ship.
Sail: Piece of cloth, canvas or plastic that when picking up the force of the wind propels a ship
Sails: Set of sails of a ship