Arrr, even you scurvy-dog landlubbers need a Jolly Roger. So laddies and lassies, shiver yer timbers, grab yer stuffed parrot, a bottle of rum, and choose a pirate flag for yer mast.
Jolly Roger is the traditional English name of the flag flown on a ship to recognize it as an attacking pirate vessel. The black flag, featuring a skull atop crossbones, struck fear in merchant sailors during the Golden Age of Piracy.
John Rackham, known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain who terrorized ships in the Caribbean. A bit of a dandy, he earned his nickname for the colorful clothing he wore. His first mate, Karl Starling, designed the Jolly Roger and his lover, Anne Bonny, often sailed with him.
Though the name Black Bart was never used in his lifetime, this Welsh pirate trolled the seas off West Africa and Britain's North American colonies. Born Bartolomeu Roberts, he is considered the most successful pirate of the Golden Age with over 400 prize-vessel captures.
Blackbeard, born Edward Teach, was a thick-bearded and fearsome looking pirate who used fear tactics rather than murder to seize ships and booty. The English pirate formed an alliance of pirates who ransomed the port residents of South Carolina. He was the inspiration for many notable literary and movie pirates.
At Elmer's Flag & Banner, we carry these pirate flags and many more: A treasure trove of selections, enough to fill Davie Jones' locker. So avast yer mast and hoist a Jolly Roger!
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