Greet your friends with a hearty “Ahoy, maties!” or “Ahoy, me hearties” on September 19 for International Talk like a Pirate day.
This day was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), and springs from a romanticised view of the Golden Age of Piracy. The Golden Age of Piracy occurred in the Caribbean and in the waters off the American colonies in the century after 1650. During this time more than 5000 pirates were said to be at sea. Talk like a pirate day is now a popular worldwide event and is definitely not just for children.
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate day
- Learn to secretly insert pirate words throughout the day.
- Get cut off in traffic? Call them a scallywag or a son of a biscuit eater or just hang the jib (frown).
- Instead of G’day, greet everyone with Ahoy!
- Run a rig on your staff or family members (play a trick) and do not get three sheets to the wind.
- Host a pirate themed morning tea and ask your guests/colleagues to come dressed as pirates, or at least wear a pirate hat.
- Watch movies and read books that feature pirates as central characters. Some examples include the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and Treasure Island. Go even further and track down the real swashbuckling adventures from the 40’s and 50’s starring Australia's Errol Flynn.
- Borrow library resources to discover more about the history of piracy and famous pirates
What do ye call a pirate with two eyes and two legs?
What did the ocean say to the pirate?
Nothing, it just waved.
A pirate and a sailor were exchanging stories. The sailor pointed to the pirate’s peg leg and asked, “How did you get that?”
The pirate said, “Aye, I wrestled a shark and lost me leg.”
The sailor pointed to the pirate’s hook and asked, “How did you get that?”
The pirate said: “Aye, I fought Red Beard’s crew and lost me hand.”
The sailor pointed to the pirate’s eye patch and asked, “How did you get that?
The pirate said, “Aye, a bird came by and left droppings in me eye."
The sailor said, “That’s not as impressive as the other two. …”
“Aye,” the pirate answered. “It was me first day with the hook.”
Sunshine Coast Library members have loaned pirate-based titles 98,164 times! Check out the full range of pirate and seafaring titles available through the libraries collection.
Top 5 books
Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:
- Pirates: truth and tales by Helen Hollick
- Black flags, blue waters: the epic history of America’s most notorious pirates by Eric Jay Dolin
- Pirate Hunters: treasure, obsession, and the search for a legendary pirate ship by Robert Kurson
- The pirate’s pocket-book: in which is related the lives, crimes, manners, fortunes, atrocities and fates of the most notorious pirates, sea-robbers, buccaneers and other felons of the sea by Stuart Robertson
- Kydd by Julian Stockwin
Top 5 DVDs
- The Pirates of Somalia
- The Pirates of Penzance
- Black Sails: The complete first season
- Pirates: the true story of Black Beard
- Pirates of the Caribbean: the curse of the black pearl
Top 5 eBooks
Libraries love these seafaring eBooks:
- A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens
- Buccaneer by Dudley Pope
- Adrift: Seventy-six days lost at sea by Steven Callahan
- The King’s Buccaneer by Raymond Feis
- True Stories of Pirates by Lucy Lethbridge
Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Top 5 eAudiobooks
Listen on the go with these eAudiobooks:
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Pirate King by Laurie King
- South Sea Tales by Jack London
Need help setting up your device for eAudiobooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Browse these nautical themed eMagazines:
- Colouring Book: Nautical and Marine
- Boat International
- Classic Boat
Get started using free eMagazines online or download the RBDigital app. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
On the web
- Learn about these famous pirates with Britannica Library:
- William Kidd
- Anne Bonny
- Sir Henry Morgan
- John Avery
- Mary Read
- Discover the National Geographic Virtual Library: From pirates of the Ancient World to the notorious hunting grounds of modern-day piracy, National Geographic has a huge range of articles to choose from. Log in with your library member number.
- Treasure Fever: Read about clashes in North America between modern-day treasure hunters and archaeologists.
- Check out the Pirate History Podcast: A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. History, high seas adventure, myth and magic, voodoo, treachery, biography and freedom await.
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