The Pirate Code

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The Pirate Code
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Literature
Author Isaac Cooke
Genre Nonfictional Prose
Accessibility Common Knowledge

History

“The Pirate Code” was written by Isaac Cooke, a pirate that became infamous after his publication of two articles and several shipwreck survivors claiming a man that looked similar to him robbed and destroyed their ship. The Pirate Code was published as an attempt for the governments around the world to see that the life of a pirate was not honorless, they had a code they followed.This attempt to show honor, while noble in its own right, failed tremendously and Isaac Clarke, who went by No-Neck Izzy to his crew, became one of the most wanted pirates of his era. He reportedly had one of the fastest ships on the sea, unable to be caught by any Regalian or Songaskian ship. After the publication of this article he founded the infamous trade port known as Krayr, a small island that could only be find either accidentally, or if you had instructions on how to get there. This small island became infamous to the Regalian Navy who tried to find it for years. Its location remains a mystery to this day.

The Pirate Code

I. Every man has a vote in affairs of moment; has equal access to the fresh provisions, or strong liquors, at any time seized, unless a scarcity makes it necessary to vote.

II. All those injured to the point where they can no longer live this way of life, are to be set off in a place of safety before the ship returns to open water.

III. No person to game at cards or dice for money.

IV. The lights and candles to be put out at eight o'clock at night: if any of the crew, after that hour still remain inclined for drinking, they are to do it on the open deck.

V. To keep their piece and cutlass clean and fit for service.

VI. No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man were to be found seducing any of the aforementioned gender, and carried her to sea, disguised, he is to be strung from the mast by his feet.

VII. To desert the ship or give any quarter in battle, is punished with death or marooning.

VIII. No striking one another on board, but every man's quarrels to be ended on shore. If the Quartermaster cannot handle the dispute civilly then it is to be handled by a dual.

IX. No man to talk of breaking up their way of living, till each had shared one thousand regals. If in order to this, any man should lose a limb, or become a cripple in their service, he is to have eight hundred regals, out of the public stock, and for lesser injuries, proportionately.

X. The Captain and Quartermaster to receive two shares of a prize: the master, boatswain, and gunner, one share and a half, and other officers one and quarter.

XI. If any man violates these rules he shall be marooned with one bottle of water, and a cutlass.


Trivia

  • It is unknown if all pirates follow this specific code, or if if this is a generalization of the code that most pirates follow.
  • He was called No-Neck Izzy because he would cut the throats of the captains of the ships he robbed.

Accreditation
Writers DrunkFailure
Processors HydraLana, Doc_Cantankerous
Last Editor HydraLana on 08/6/2017.

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