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The True & Complete Memoirs of the Pyrate Captain Extraordinaire!
The Illustrious Captain, John ĎBartholomewí Roberts
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The Memoirs are over 300 pages in length.  PLUS... Full index; 140 different pictures/charts/maps; Lengthy bibliography; Concise time table; Glossary: Containing terms used, Various Types & Parts of the Ships, Description of islands visited; Full-Size Wall Map of the Capínís Entire Journey; A complete list of crew taken at Cape Corso; One line of the Capínís family tree dating from his father to present; A copy of the Capínís brother's Will (written in Welsh w/English Translation); A copy of Capín Roberts Articles; & lastly an 8x10" full color photo of Capín Roberts. The latter four are suitable for framing. This book does not contain any writings, happenings or pictures of other Pirates or their lives, beyond what directly involves Capín Roberts, nor will the reader be, at any time, diverted away from Capín Roberts. ISBN: 1599719398 --- $29.95 1st Class S&H inc.


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a Tall Ship, and a star to steer her by. John Masefield

I have tried to find at least one active tall ship of each class to place on these pages. I could not find every type of ship so I placed a picture of an old ship (& other places also as excamples). I could not find any pictures of a Cutter, Dutch Flute or Lugger. While searching I have located a few wonderful excamples of Tall Ships. Amoung the Tall Ships pictured you will find some which are for hire. To read about Tall Ships in history (from 1510 to now) Click Here or Here. Seeing that all links to ships are external you'll need to use your back key to return here. If you're like I was, thinking that Tall Ships are a thing of the past your in for a real treat. They're not, in fact there are more ships under sail today than ever before. Many of these ship for hire will teach how to sail if you desire, some even require it.

HMS VictoryThis magnificent ship was christened the HMS VICTORY on October 30, 1760. A 104 Gun, First Rate Ship of the Line, is the oldest commissioned warship in the world, is still manned by Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy. She is now the flagship of the Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief Naval Home Command and lies in No 2 Dry Dock at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth, England.
The HMS Victory is the Flagship by which Vice Admiral Lord Nelson commanded the Battle of Trafalgar against Napoleon & gave the famous signal of flags "England expects that every man will do his duty". Including Lord Nelson there were 821 officers, crew & passengers on board.
For those who have always wanted to know what was what & who was on board Click Here. I know you'll find these facts & figures very interesting, as I did. For instance there was 26 miles of rope used on board & required 6,000 trees to build. Wow!


full-riggedFull Rigged, Three-Masted vessel: Perhaps a Carrier Merchant or Ship of the Line.
A Ship of the Line. Meaning - large enough to take a position in a line of battle.
CARRIER: A 280 ton ship measuring 80 feet in length. While such a ship could be armed with up to 16 cannon, it is doubtful that a typical crew of about 20 could manage more than three or four such guns. This ship could make a trip from England to America in about 4 weeks. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries commercial ships were generally called "merchant ships", however mariners reserved such a term for the three masted, square rigged carrier. These ships were large and intended for passengers and cargo.


The USS Constitution The USS Constitution
Now ain't she something! :-D. A magnificent site to behold.

USS Constitution (a frigate), the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. She fires her starboard guns while underway in Massachusetts Bay. Commissioned on Oct. 21, 1797, Constitution sets sail unassisted for the first time in 116 years.
She is escorted by the frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) (center) and the destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) (right), as the Navy's "Blue Angels" pass overhead in salute, in celebrafion of her 200th birthday (1997) after completing a 40 month overhaul.
Left pix by U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens. Right pix by U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Chief John E. Gay.
No infringement intended with the placing of these photos. Just the author of this site wanting to show these beautiful ships to all who visit her site.

FRIGATE: A Sailing war vessel, in use from 1650 to 1840. Smaller than a ship of the line but larger than a corvette. Propelled by both oars & sails. The Frigate was the first choice as "Man-O-War". Weighing an average of 360 tons & 110 feet in length, with a crew of some 195 men to man the three masts of sails and her 26 guns. The frigate was placed at the head of most major sea shipments or convoys. Most pirates took leave at the sighting of this heavily armed ship of war.

CORVETTE: A warship equipped with sails & a single tier of guns. Ranking next below a frigate.



CLIPPER: A two or three-masted vessel built for speed, with tall, aft-raked masts.


bark Click picture above to see large view.

This is "Cuauhtemoc" A three-masted Barque. She is 91 feet long. Home Port is Mexico. Named from the last Aztec emperor. She is one of the four ships built in Bilbao (Spain) in 1982, together with the Gloria, the Guyas and the Simon Bolivar.

BARQUE or BARK: A three-masted (sometimes more) vessel. Square-rigged except for the mizzenmast which is fore-and-aft rigged.

barkR.C. Rickmers A five-masted aux. steel barque built in 1906 by AG Rickmers, Bremerhaven. Her dimensions were: 410'5"◊53'6"◊30'4'' and tonnage: 5548 GRT and 4696 NRT. Equipped with a 1160 hp auxiliary steam engine. Sunk by the German submarine U 66 off the coast of Ireland March 27, 1917. Click picture to enlarge. Use back key to return. Five-masted ships and barques



BARQUENTINE or BARKENTINE: Three-masted, square-rigged on the foremask. Fore-and-aft rigged on the other two masts.


Spanish Galleon

GALLEON: A large Spanish sailing vessel of the 15th to 17th centuries, usually heavily armed and having three or four decks. Used especially in trading with her Central American possessions. This particular Galleon was captured in batttle & then used by Captain Kidd.



YAWL: A small sailing vessel rigged fore-and-aft like a cutter with the addition of a jiggermast astern of the rudder post. Thus distinguished her from a Ketch.


Pinnace: The Kalmar Nyckel

Warship Pinnace: The Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware's Tall Ship - 89 feet, 168 Tons.
More than 350 years after she first landed on March 29, 1638 in what was to become Delaware in the United States of America, the Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel has been recreated and sails again! Her importance to the history of Sweden and the United States is certain. Kalmar Nyckel, a Swedish-owned, Dutch-built three-masted armed pinnace (warship), brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley. To view a larger picture click on ship.


Ketch: S/Y Falcon

KETCH: A fore-and-aft rigged, two-masted vessel with a mainmast toward the bow & a mizzenmast forward of the rudder post, toward the stern.

This is the S/Y Falcon, an 85' Formosa pilothouse Ketch with 5 staterooms. She's available for charter. Located in the Caribbean.


Lewis R. French
SCHOONER: A fore-and-aft rigged vessel having originally two masts, but later often three or more. Unique to the Schooner is a very narrow hull and shallow draft. Typically a 100 ton ship loaded with 8 cannon, 4 swivel guns and a crew of 75. They were small enough to navigate the shoal waters and to hide in remote coves. The Schooner could also reach 11 knots in a good wind. In short, it was a small, quick, and sturdy work-horse.

This is the Lewis R. French. A fine excample of the tall ships which are are for hire. The Lewis R. French is the only remaining Maine coastal schooner built in the 19th century. She was launched in 1871. Her home port is Camden, Maine. Owned and Operated by Capt. Dan & Kathy Pease.

The Thomas W. Lawson - A seven-masted SchoonerThe Thomas W. Lawson is the only seven-masted Schooner built. Launched in 1902, her dimensions were 112,62◊15,25◊10,71 meters [369'3"◊50'0"◊35'2"], and with a tonnage of 5218 GRT and 4914 NRT.
She carried 25 sails in all, 7 gaffsails, 7 topsails, 6 staysails and 5 jibs, with a total area of 43,000 square feet and with a weight of 18 tons.


Hudson River Sloop
SLOOP: A single-masted, fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel having a fixed bowspirit and carring at least one jib.

This is the Hudson River Clearwater Sloop. She was launched in 1969. The Clearwater is a work boat, sailing from town to town, she models her course after the Dutch sloops of the 18th and 19th centuries. These cargo vessels were specially designed for the variable winds, currents and depths of the Hudson. Their cargoes and crews were the main communication link between river-front towns and outlying areas.
Overall Length: 106'. Total Mast Length: 108'.


The Erie, 18-gun sloop, under sail, 1814 SLOOP OF WAR: A vessel rigged either as a Brig or a Schooner & mounting between 18 & 32 guns. Basically a Sloop with more guns and slightly larger. The ship is "sharp-ended" to allow for faster attack and is fit with 7 pairs of oars (put through the gunport) to allow for chase without wind. A well trained crew could fire her nine pound cannon twice every three minutes. This ship is the Erie, an 18-gun sloop of war under sail, 1814. As you can see she has more than the standard single mast.


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