Once upon a time, long ago, audacious sailors known as pirates roamed the high seas in special vessels we call pirate ships.
These ships did not start as pirate ships, but most were stolen from other sailors or were old navy ships no longer needed for battle.
Pirate ships were used for one main job – to hunt for hidden treasure and to attack other ships to steal their valuable items.
The ships were designed to be fast and nimble, able to chase down fleeing ships or make quick getaways when necessary.
Unlike other ships of the time, pirate ships often carried many more cannons for its size, making them a fearsome sight on the sea.
Ensuring no detail was spared, these ships usually had a large and crowded crow’s nest where pirates could look out for approaching ships.
Pirate ships also had large storage areas, also known as holds, where they would store the booty they have seized – gold, jewels, spices and even food.
A famous symbol of pirate ships is the skull and crossbones flag, known as the Jolly Roger. This flag was flown to intimidate or scare other ships.
Today, real pirate ships no longer sail the seas, but their tales still float around in our books and movies, keeping us fascinated with their daring voyages.