Archive for the 'Pirate' Category

Captain Dan – Sea Monsters

See and hear the latest video release from Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew.


The Cost of Piracy

NSL reader Bonnie Moore has sent in a link to an infographic depicting the costs of piracy.    Click the pic above for the much more extensive full display.

Pirates receive letter of marque

PROVIDENCE , April 12 /–The Rhode Island Pirate Players today announced that they have received a Letter of Marque, also known as a Privateering Commission, from Governor Lincoln Chafee.

“We are very excited that Governor Chafee wants to help us in our mission to educate the public about the often overlooked history of pirate and privateer activity in the state,” Casey C. Dorman, Founder and CEO of the Rhode Island Pirate Players stated. The Rhode Island Pirate Players approached the governor in the hope that formal recognition would help bring awareness to their educational mission.

Mr. Dorman explained, “Historically this document would separate a legitimate privateer from an outright pirate.” Letters of Marque were issued frequently during colonial times and through the American Revolution as a way to help protect shipping and give naval support. The organization’s ceremonial commission is the first to be signed in Rhode Island since Governor William Jones issued letters of marque during the War of 1812.

The Rhode Island Pirate Players, via Fark

Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom

“The rope bridge is connected to the top of the jail cell, built to accommodate evil doers, thieves and little sisters.”

Designer Steve Kuhl fulfills every boy’s fantasy with this insanely cool pirate ship bedroom. The six-year-old occupant from Minnesota chose between a space ship, race car, castle, and pirate ship. Most of us would probably agree, he made an excellent decision.

The main feature of the room is the incredible floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2×12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. A bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated coloring was used simulate an old ship’s hull.

See the rest here.

A pirate’s nightmare

So stupid I just had to post it.    But we all know that pirates go for curvy girls, right?

Laser Anti-Pirate Weapon

A few readers may know that the  NSL editor-in-chief and skipper of S/V Temerity is  in real life a laser physicist and has worked his whole career in laser technology and R&D.   That is why we take particular delight in reporting the development of a laser-based anti- pirate weapon.

Bristol, UK: BAE Systems has successfully demonstrated a prototype device that will serve as an effective non-lethal deterrent against pirate attacks on commercial vessels such as oil tankers and container ships.


The laser beam is capable of providing a visual warning to pirates at distances greater than 2km, and of disorientating attackers sufficiently at lesser distances so that weapons cannot be targeted effectively. At all times the power levels of the laser remain eye safe.

Roy Evans, BAE Systems capability technology lead for laser photonic systems, said: “The effect is similar to when a fighter pilot attacks from the direction of the sun. The glare from the laser is intense enough to make it impossible to aim weapons like AK47s or RPGs, but doesn’t have a permanent effect.”


The researchers have developed a bespoke Neodymium Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser which is an effective deterrent at relatively low power levels.

[Source: BAE Systems]

The laser described is almost certainly not red and white as depicted, nor the infra-red color of 1064nm from a simple Nd:YAG laser as described, but would be a green beam at 532nm from a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser, the same color as that from green laser pointers.  The intensities would have to be high enough to be painful or distracting, but not induce permanent blindness,  as the US government subsribes to the prohibition on blinding laser weapons.

For further reading

gCaptain’s original post, includes full text of BAE press release

gCaptain: Anti-piracy Weapons for Somalia

gCaptain: 10 More Anti-piracy Weapons for Somalia

wiki: Dazzler (weapon)

I personally find the emphasis on “non-lethal” weapons (many of which are very expensive and complicated, or depend on some sort of semi-autonomous robot,  wrong.   Non-lethal weapons are not much of a deterrent.   And few of those suggested are as effective as a .50 caliber machine gun.  Unfortunately many of our political ‘leaders’ seem to care more about pirates’ human rights and welfare than about the safety of law-abiding mariners.    Sink ’em on sight, says I.

Marisa Miller as Captain Morgan’s First Mate

This liquor brand makes the right move in featuring the stunning Victoria’s Secret supermodel as its First Mate in the Marisa Miller ‘Captain Morgan Rum’ TV commercial.

This action-packed TV spot plays on the supermodel’s sexy looks by having a scantily-clad Marisa Miller defend the liquor legend on the beach. She definitely makes pirate-ass-kicking in lingerie look good. Check out the exclusive trailer before the television debut.

Pretty entertaining, notwithstanding the dumbest looking ‘pirate’ ship ever.   I know about ‘rum-goggles’ that make the girl look better, is this a case of the girl making  the rum taste better?   She  probably does, at that.

Europussys knuckle under to pirates AGAIN


Somali pirates free Spanish boat

Somali pirates have released a Spanish fishing boat and its crew after holding it for six weeks, Spain’s prime minister has confirmed.  Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the pirates had abandoned the Alakrana tuna boat and that all 36 crew on board were “safe and sound”.  The pirates earlier told reporters they were leaving the ship after being promised a ransom of $3.5m (£2.1m).  full story

NSL supports the policy of summary execution at sea for those caught in the act of piracy.

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day (part II)


Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!


Just one day left


till Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Yarrrrr….

SWASHBUCKLE – Cruise Ship Terror

German metal pirates take over schooner, abduct female passenger, proclaim their prize to be Das Partei Boot.  Yo ho!

Somalian Pirates We

In an episode entitled “Fatbeard,” the South Park boys travel the high seas recruiting Somalian pirates to be more pirate-y. The boys start a pirate club at school, but when Cartman actually comes face to face with real life ones, he’s disappointed by their lack of stereotypical piratocity. In the following clip he convinces them of the life they should be living, in song!

Yar.  See the full episode here.

Real pirates map


That is, a map of where the real pirates are.  Hang ’em all, sez I.

Why is the rum gone?

A remix.