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Gammer
02-18-2012, 09:37 PM
Hello all, I want to start a pirate story about an escaped slave who turns pirate for the freedom but there's so many nooks and crannies about sailing and ships that I'm not sure where to begin my research or even what to research first. Any suggestions or idea on where to start?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Drachen Jager
02-18-2012, 10:13 PM
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/BB/bb_naut.html (http://xroads.virginia.edu/%7Ehyper/BB/bb_naut.html)

http://www.manybooks.net/ (you'll have to look for books yourself, but they have a huge library of such things)

http://www.manybooks.net/search-advanced.php (an example search from manybooks)

AZ_Dawn
02-18-2012, 11:46 PM
Sloops and schooners were popular for Caribbean pirates, though any small, fast ship would do. You might start your research with those.

Hope that helps.

horrorshowjack
02-19-2012, 01:30 AM
It would help if you narrowed down the era and location. Even in the Caribbean you could easily be setting this anywhere between Sir Francis Drake and the War of 1812.

Navigation over that time period changed even more than shipbuilding and weaponry.

Snick
02-19-2012, 01:38 AM
I recently reread the lively Lady and CaptainCaution by Kenneth Roberts. Both are about American privateers during the War of 1812, and there is a great deal about ships, rigs, etc. that were used by privateers, (and I would think that pirates would use the same types) during that era. There also were ship prices, which I found interesting. Mainly they were using brgs, schooners, and sloops. Size and rigging were very important. Even the ballasting made a significant difference.

Mark G
02-20-2012, 08:07 AM
You might want to read the Hornblower series (or at least one of them). I LOVED these stories when I was younger, and they could help you immensely with telling the story of shipboard life. Granted, they're from the perspective of life aboard ships of the British Navy, but descriptions of the ship and the crew's roles would be relevant...

I'll quote my blog for the book titles:


The entire "Hornblower" series by C.S. Forester, great historical fiction. A "rags to riches" story that follows the development of a man whose values are something that we should all live up to:


MR. MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER
LIEUTENANT HORNBLOWER
HORNBLOWER AND THE HOTSPUR
HORNBLOWER DURING THE CRISIS
HORNBLOWER AND THE ATROPOS
BEAT TO QUARTERS
SHIP OF THE LINE
FLYING COLOURS
COMMODORE HORNBLOWER
LORD HORNBLOWER
ADMIRAL HORNBLOWER IN THE WEST INDIES

Torgo
02-20-2012, 02:45 PM
Read Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. You'll get immense pleasure out of them and by about half-way in you'll also be a seasoned vicarious mariner.

Shakesbear
02-20-2012, 09:11 PM
Nelson's Flagship, HMS Victory has a information that may be of help to you.
Go here:
http://www.hms-victory.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=163&Itemid=198
Then on the HMS Victory bit of the tool bar. This takes you to all sorts of info - the different decks, life on board and other such stuff.