Assembled - Not a kit
in white or black sails. Black sailed model comes with
numbered Certificate of Authenticity
(only 250 to be built). To choose the Black sailed version,
check the black sailed option before checkout by
long x 10" Wide x 25" High (1:90 scale)
planked deck with nail holes, barrels, buckets, cannon ball
racks, rudder chains, coiled
ropes, and more!
painted to that of an actual Corsair Pirate Ship
masterfully stitched, thick canvass sails that hold their
shape and do not wrinkle
quality parts used: Metal anchors and brass cannons
rigging techniques with over 100 blocks/deadeyes
taught rigging of various colors and thickness to ensure
authenticity Authentic lifeboat with oars
and wrapped up sail included
with rare, high quality woods such as cherry, walnut, oak,
birch and maple.
model rests perfectly on a large wood base (marble pictured)
between four arched metal dolphins.
build this ship, extensive research was done using various
sources such as museums, drawings,
and copies of original plans.
Inspired by Pirate Ship
"Black Pearl" in Pirates of the Caribbean.
A Brief history of the Pirate
Corsair Pirate Ship:
With its square-rigged
foremast and fore-and-aft sails on its main mast, the
brigantine was fast, easy to maneuver and had twice the
cargo space of a sloop. No wonder it became the favorite
vessel of pirates of the Caribbean. A typical brigantine
carried as many as 100 pirates and mounted enough cannon to
intimidate any possible target.
Piracy in the Caribbean came out
of the interplay of larger international trends and the use
of privateers was especially popular. The cost of
maintaining a fleet to defend the colonies was beyond
national governments of the 16th and 17th centuries. Private
vessels would be commissioned into a 'navy', paid with a
substantial share of whatever they could capture from enemy
ships and settlements, the rest going to the crown. These
ships would operate independently or as a fleet and if
successful the rewards could be great —this substantial
profit made privateering something of a regular line of
business; wealthy businessmen or nobles would be quite
willing to finance this legitimized piracy in return for a
share. The sale of captured goods was a boost to colonial
economies as well.
Specific to the Caribbean were pirates termed buccaneers
which arrived in the 1630s. The original buccaneers were
escapees from the colonies; forced to survive with little
support, they had to be skilled at boat construction,
sailing, and hunting. These skills transferred well into
being a pirate. They operated with the partial support of
the non-Spanish colonies and until the 1700s their
activities were legal, or partially legal and there were
irregular amnesties from all nations.
buccaneers had a number of peculiarities. Their crews
operated as a democracy: the captain was elected by the crew
and they could vote to replace him. The captain had to be a
leader and a fighter—in combat he was expected to be
fighting with his men, not directing operations from a
were evenly divided into shares; when the officers had a
greater number of shares, it was because they took greater
risks or had special skills. Often the crews would sail
without wages—"on account"—and the spoils would be built up
over a course of months before being divided. There was a
strong esprit de corps among pirates. This allowed
them to win sea battles: they typically outmanned trade
vessels by a large ratio. There was also for some time a
social insurance system, guaranteeing money or gold for
battle wounds at a worked-out scale.
they were considered ferocious and were reputed to be
experts with flintlock weapons, but these were so unreliable
that they were not in widespread military use before the
The end of the classic age of
The decline of
piracy in the Caribbean paralleled the decline of
mercenaries and the rise of national armies in Europe.
Following the end of the Thirty Years' War national power
expanded. Armies were codified and brought under Royal
control and privateering was largely ended; the navies were
expanded and their mission was stretched to cover combating
piracy. The elimination of piracy from European waters
expanded to the Caribbean in the 1700s, West Africa and
North America by the 1710s and by the 1720s even the Indian
Ocean was a difficult location for pirates.