Welcome to my website Brethren of the Coast. Over the centuries, pirates have been portrayed as both admirable rogues and bloodthirsty devils. Many a tall tale has been told about their bold or wicked deeds. This site explores the reality, myth, and romance of those adventurous souls mainly from the Golden Age of Piracy. Which refers to a time around the late 17th to early 18th centuries. It contains information regarding pirate facts and fiction, with biographies of some of the most famous pirates from this era. You will also find pages devoted to piracy in general, pirate ships, pirate flags, pirate weapons, pirate games, and nautical treasure. There is a movie list for swashbuckler fans, and even a nautical glossary for all ye scurvy landlubbers as well.

      The Cyberseas area is a list of links to most of my favorite seafarin' and pirate related websites. Many of these sites were used as sources of information and inspiration on the subject. I have received many e-mail requests over the years from buggers looking to buy various pirate items. Since I don't sell anything on this site I have added to the bottom of Cyberseas a section of links to websites that sell pirate and nautical plunder. Buyer beware.. I have not personally dealt with all of these smugglers sites and have no control over their bloody business practices.

      Finally their is a page about sea shanties. These were the work songs used on many of the large sailing ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the majority of these were used after the Golden Age of Piracy. Some are based on songs and melodies of that time period. They have been added to give visitors a sense of life aboard a tall sailing vessel. In contrast, the background music playing on each page is purely there to set a tone for the subject matter, and is more modern and popular in style. Some tunes may not even be related to piracy.

      UPDATE: I am currently in the process of updating this site for the fall 2009 season. Also geocities will be closing down in late october, which means I will have to find another host for this site. Which also means a new domain address... check back here often for more updates and a future link to my new web address... Meanwhile, gather round a keg of rum and enjoy your stay... but you better keep a weather eye open... for there be treacherous waters ahead... watch your step around here matey... least ye meet yer doom.

Long John Silver
by John Masefield

We were schooner-rigged and rakish
with a long and lissome hull,
And we flew the pretty colors
of the crossbones and the skull;
We'd a big black jolly roger
flapping grimly at the fore,
And we sailed the spanish waters
in the happy days of yore.

We'd a long brass gun amidships
like a well-conducted ship,
We had each a brace of pistols
and a cutlass at the hip;
It's a point which tells against us
and a fact to be deplored,
But we chased the goodly merchantmen
and laid their ships aboard.

Then the dead men fouled the scuppers
and the wounded filled the chains,
and the paint-work all was splattered
with other peoples brains.
She was boarded, she was looted
she was scuttled till she sank,
And the pale survivors left us
by the medium of the plank.

Ah! the pig-tailed, quidding pirates
and the pretty pranks we played,
All have since been put a stop to
by the naughty Board of Trade;
The schooners and their merry
crews are laid away to rest,
A little south the sunset in
the Island of the blest.

Brethren of the Coast is a non-profit site which was created
solely for those interested in 'Piracy of Old' on the high seas.
It is NOT associated with any organization or reinactment group
by the same name. Tis just me personal website on the subject.

Victims Since
JAN 2000

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