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nautical mile: A unit of length corresponding to one minute of latitude (approximately 6,076 feet) about 1/8 longer than the statute mile (1.151 statute miles)

 

 

Obeahman: A witch doctor who practices, Obeah, Jamaican dark magic  

 

 

old salt: Slang for an experienced mariner

 

 

Pearl of San Luis: A legendary black pearl discovered off the NE coast of Brazil.

 

 

pencil: Pencils, as we know them, were first used in the 17th century

 

 

 

periwig: a highly styled wig worn by both women and men

 

 

 

pieces of eight: #

 

 

pirate: One who engages in an act of plundering other ships and shore installations

 

 

Plymouth shift: a simple white cotton garment worn next to the skin to protect the outer clothing from sweat

poop: A superstructure installed on the afterdeck.  (see ship parts)

 

 

poop deck: A raised deck installed at the stern (rear of the vessel)

 

 

port: The left side of a vessel when looking forward

 

 

powder keg / powder flask: A small metal cask for holding gunpowder

 

 

privateer: A person (or ship) authorized under letters of marque to plunder foreign ships and ports

 

 

Puritan: A member of a group of English Protestants of the late 16th and 17th centuries who regarded the Reformation of the Church of England under Elizabeth I as incomplete and sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship

 

 

quarters: The various duty locations for the crew

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