Pirate boy with telescope sitting on a rock. Source: Lesya_boyko/Shutterstock.com
Pirate boy with telescope sitting on a rock. Source: Lesya_boyko/Shutterstock.com

What do the famous authors Homer, Robert Louis Stevenson, JM Barrie, John Steinbeck and Daphne du Maurier all have in common?  

Each of them wrote at least one treasure trove about the life of a pirate.

In The Odyssey, Homer has Odysseus confessing to acts of piracy in his epic journey.  Stevenson shares the coming-of-age story of young Jim Hawkins in the “silver” standard of all pirate fiction, Treasure Island (1883).  Wendy and “the boy who never grows up” have their very own Captain Hook in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (1911).  Steinbeck’s book Cup of Gold (1929) tells the story of Captain Henry Morgan from his Welsh childhood to the adventures on the Spanish Main.  Last but not least is the dark romance found in Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (1941) in which Lady Dona St Columb must choose between her husband, Sir Harry, or the French pirate, Jean Aubrey. 

In Pirates!: Brigands, Buccaneers And Privateers In Fact, Fiction and Legend by Jan Rogozinski, you can learn about famous pirates and their exploits. This encyclopedia with more than a thousand entries includes historical buccaneers such as Madame Cheng I Sao and Blackbeard and fictional pirates like Long John Silver and Anne Bonny. 

It is true that September 19 is the infamous “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. However, there is no better day than today to broaden your horizons by donning an eye patch, hook and peg leg and then pepper your conversations with genuine pirate lingo. Make sure you use phrases like “Avast, ya scurvy varmints!” or “All hands ahoy!” and “Shiver me timbers!”

Here is a short list to get you started:

"Arrr!" – a pirate exclamation (say it with a growl!)

"Ahoy" – Hello

"Avast" – Stop and pay attention

"Davy Jones’ Locker" – the bottom of the sea

"Grog" – a drink enjoyed by pirates

"Lubber" – land lover

"Matey" – friend

"Plunder" – treasure taken from others

"Wastrel" – a useless man

"Weigh anchor" – prepare to leave

In addition to the books listed above, there are some really great pirate movies and TV shows that should be viewed while enjoying the life of a pirate: Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess Bride, Treasure Island and of course Jake and the Neverland Pirates. This is also the perfect time for a scavenger hunt or searching for buried treasure or sharing the perfect pirate joke.

Q: What is a pirate’s favorite cookie?

A: Ships Ahoy, of course. 

Or

Q: How much did the pirate pay for his pegleg and hook?

A: An arm and a leg!

Finally, it is a well-known fact that a pirate must have a ship to sail the seven seas and as a pirate it is imperative that you learn your nautical directions; starboard is right, port is left, stern is back and bow is front.  At WhiteClouds, the Connex 500 will 3D print for you a ghostly pirate ship that will be the envy of land lubbers and mateys alike. Order yours today!

Ahoy, Matey! Pirate Card

Materials/Supplies

One 5 ½” x 8½” brown card stock 

One 5¼” x 4” green card stock 

Five ¾” x 5¼” yellow card stock  

One 3 ¼” x 4¼” brown card stock

One 4” x 1¾” black card stock

One 4” x  ¾” brown card stock

One 3¼” x ½” cream cardstock with message of choice

One 4” x 5¼” cream cardstock

5” burlap ribbon 

Two ¼” gold brads

Pirate WhiteClouds Stamp

Diamond Crossbones WhiteClouds Stamp

Brown ink pad 

Dauber 

3” Oval die cut 

4” Label Die Cut* 

Apothecary Accents Die Cut* 

SketchBones Font from FontSpace

Adhesive

Instructions

1.      To create base card, fold 5½“ x 8½” brown cardstock in half to measure 4¼” x 5½”.

2.      Die cut 3¼”x ½” cream cardstock with oval frame.

3.      Die cut 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” brown card stock with Label die cut.

4.      Die cut 4” x 1¾” black card stock with Apothecary Accent die cut.

5.      V cut the short ends of the 4”x ¾” brown card stock.

6.      Daub around cream oval, green and yellow card stock pieces with brown ink.

7.      Print out messages of choice using SketchBones font, a 3¼”x ½” cream cardstock strip for front of card and a 4” x 5¼” cream cardstock for inside card.

8.      Stamp Jewel with Crossbones stamp below message for inside the card.

9.      Begin assembly by gluing yellow strips to green rectangle.  Measure in ¼” from left side, glue down first strip, measure ¼” from left side of strip and glue down another strip.  Continue until all 5 strips are glued to green rectangle.

10.  Adhere 4” Label ½” from top of card and centered left to right.

11.  Adhere ribbon across center of card going from left to right, wrapping ends around to the back of the green card.

12.  Attach black Apothecary label onto ribbon with brads.

13.  Glue cream oval with stamped pirate image  by centering on card.

14.  Attach cream strip with text to V cut strip and adhere beneath cream oval.

15.  Adhere 4” x 5¼” cream cardstock with printed message to inside of card.

16.  Assemble

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