Positions Taken 3/20/2016

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Positions Taken 3/20/2016

Post by Trouble1st on Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:08 pm

Captain - Arno
First Mate - Trouble
Boatswain - Mark
Master Gunner - Jacob
Cabin Boy - Npc

Captain - A common misconception about life on a Pirate ship surrounds the role and authority of the Captain. Unlike the Captain's who were appointed by their respective governments and who's authority was supreme at all times, most pirate captain's were democratically elected by the ships crew and could be replaced at any time by a majority vote of the crewmen. Some captains were voted out and removed for not being aggressive enough for their crews, while others were abandoned by their crews for being too bloodthirsty and brutal.  Pirate Captain's were expected to be bold and decisive in battle as well as be skilled in navigation and seamanship. Above all they had to have the force of personality necessary to hold together such an unruly bunch of seamen. There are surprisingly few detailed descriptions of what the pirate captains looked like, and those we do have are rarely flattering. Most seem to have adopted the clothes of naval officers or extravagantly dressed merchant sea captains, which in this period followed the style of prosperous English gentlemen.

Mate -  On a large ship there was usually more than one Mate aboard (hence the title "First Mate").
Mates served as apprentice to the Ship's Master, Boatswain, Carpenter & Gunner and took care of the fitting out of the vessel, and examined whether it was sufficiently provided with ropes, pulleys, sails, and all the other rigging that was necessary for the voyage. The Mate also took care of hoisting the anchor, and during a voyage he checked the tackle once a day. If he observed anything amiss, he would report it to the ship's Master. Arriving at a port, the mate caused the cables and anchors to be repaired, and took care of the management of the sails, yards and mooring of the ship.

Boatswain - The Boatswain supervised the maintenance of the vessel and its supply stores. He was responsible for inspecting the ship and it's sails and rigging each morning, and reporting their state to the captain. The Boatswain was also in charge of all deck activities, including weighing and dropping anchor, and the handling of the sails.

Master Gunner - The Master Gunner was responsible for the ship's guns and ammunition. This included sifting the powder to keep it dry, prevent it from separating, insuring the cannons and ordnance were kept free of rust, and that all weapons were kept in good repair. A knowledgeable Gunner was essential to the crew's safety and effective use of their weapons.

Cabin Boy - A young boy who worked aboard pirate ships as a servant. Many cabin boys made their way aboard ship by being kidnapped by pirates or were runaways looking for a means of escape.

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Re: Positions Taken 3/20/2016

Post by Heather Goodner on Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:23 pm

Ship cook - cooks and make meals and also acts as ship surgeon in times the the ship doc was too busy
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