Arrrghh! It all starts with the Golden Age of Piracy; the late 17th and early 18th century! During these centuries the main purpose of the pirate flags was communication between vessels. Each pirate flag relayed a different message so other vessels traveling through the area would become intimidated if they wanted to fight, or at ease if they were… “friendly.”
The very first pirate flags were just solid colors.
The Black Flag
The Red Flag
Can you guess which Pirate ship flag is a friend and which one is a foe? Or are you a land lubber?
If you sea dogs guessed neither, you are correct!
The Black Flag often symbolized death, or warned other vessels to stay away, while the Red Flag symbolized that “no life would be spared.” Although both of these flags symbolize negative meanings, they still symbolized to the land lubbers they were in fact, pirates, and to keep their distance instead of confusing them with military vessels.
Some of the most famous Pirate Flags came from Cap’ns who decorated their flags with symbols to represent recent events, violence, or death.
The most famous of all the Pirate flags is the, “Jolly Roger.” The skull with the crossbones. This flag was flown to frighten the pirate victims into surrendering immediately without a fight!
The red skeleton was a frightening flag to see flying. It symbolized a violent, bloody death.
The weapon (spear) with a heart dripping blood conveyed violence. The pirates were willing to fight and it would result in a slow…painful death.
The sword as a chosen weapon also conveyed the pirates on board are willing to fight…stay away!
Me hearties…be on the lookout for these pirate flags!
Also be on the lookout for the Dark Star making it’s voyages throughout Wildwood, New Jersey!
Call (609) 729-3275 to begin your voyage today!