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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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