LIFE OF A PIRATE
they reached a port, if the trip had been successful, the pirates squandered
their ill-gotten gains on gambling, drink and women often spending thousands
of pieces-of-eight in a night (in these days 2 pieces-of-eight bought
a cow!). Alexander Exquemelin noted that the pirates wasted in a few
days in the taverns and stews all they had gotten, by giving themselves
to all manner of debauchery with strumpets and wine.
there was also work which had to be carried out before the pirates could
sail again. The successful pirate ensured that the ship was kept in
good working order, this meant careening the ship (scraping the weed
and barnacles from the bottom of the ship) as well as repairing sails
and rigging. Other crew members would have the job of finding fresh
supplies of water and food for the next voyage.
On The Sea
at sea was one of great contrasts, week of boredom searching for prey
then short bursts of excitement as a victim was sighted, boarded and
plundered. During the long, boring spells it was not uncommon for arguments
to arise among crew members, at such times the captain had to control
his crew through either respect or fear. In many cases the captain did
not have the last word as many pirate crews were run democratically
and often had a strict code of conduct.