James Hunt Speech and Public Speaking Professor Babcock Monday and Wednesday 3: 00 February 8, 2005 I. Introduction A. Argggggghhhhhhhhh! ! ! ! ! ! ! Ahoy me mates and welcome to the world of pirates. B. through the next few minutes I will be informing ye about pirates and their rage on the high seas.
C. We will be talking about pirates, their ships, weapons, and a few famous ones at that. D. I myself have been interested in pirates since I was a wee lad. A. Ships 1.
Galleon a. “The Spanish Galleon was the great prize ship for pirates.” (History of Pirates) 1. Spanish armada used these ships to export gold from the Americas. b. Weight of cannons was concentrated to center part of the ship.
1. Used for stability. c. Meant to cross the Atlantic in large convoys. 2. Sloop a.
“The ancestors of the modern yacht.” (History of Pirates) b. Favored among pirates because of its agility. 2. Pirates relied on bluff and surprise. c. Pirates of the Caribbean used these ships.
1. Best sloops were built in Bermuda and Jamaica. 3. Men-O-War a. Ship Of the Line 1. “Main battle ship of a Navy” 2.
Largest of Men-O-War. 3. Carried between 32 to 144 guns. b.
Frigate 1. “Was the midsize d Man-O-War” 2. Had three masts but was considerable smaller than the Ship Of the Line. 3. Had one gun deck, but kept other cannons on the spare deck. c.
Corvette 1. “sometimes called a ‘sloop of war'” 2. had her guns arranged on a single deck. 3. had the ability to maneuver easily. 4.
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Now we must cover the terror they unleashed with their weapons. B. Weapons 1. Cutlass a. “A rough heavy broad blade” (History of Pirates 107) b. Shortness of the blade was an advantage when fighting aboard a ship.
c. Was a great hacking weapon due to its curved blade and heaviness. d. Was often used as a tool as well.
2. Blunderbuss / pistols a. “more like a hand-held cannon then a rifle” (History of Pirates 113) b. Ranged in length from about 14 to 30 inches. c.
When used in close range it could kill about seven people. d. “Pirates prized pistols above all other weapons” (History of Pirates 115) e. Pirates used to carry several pistols hanging on a sash into battle. f.
they were usually loaded from the barrel of the gun with prepared shoot powder and bullets. 3. Cannons a. ranged in different sizes by being called pounders. b. could range from 2 to 32 pounders on board a ship c.
swivel guns were mounted on the poop deck to stop boarders. d. the main cannons were mounted on rolling carts and strapped down to the deck. 4.
Now we are going to talk about the faces and names of the men behind the ships and guns. C. Pirates 1. Edward Teach a. Known as the infamous black beard. b.
“known to have special considerations with the governor of North Carolina.” (History of Piracy) c. Used to put smoldering matches in his hair to make it look like he was on fire. d. Was eventually hunted down and killed by British Navy lieutenant Robert Maynard.
2. Sir Francis Drake a. Known infamously throughout Spain. b. He was the first English man to sail around the world c. He looted the Spanish ships of their gold during their trips from the Americas.
d. Had a deal with Queen Elizabeth to split half of the “booty.” e. “Drake met with Queen Elizabeth for up to 6 hours detailing his adventures and presenting her with his diary of the voyage as well as a map of the world.” (Drake History) 3. Anne Bonny a. One of the most infamous female pirates.
b. She became a pirate by marrying “a young Fellow, who belong’d to the Sea, and was not worth a Groat.” (Bandits at Sea 301) c. Feel in love with Calico Jack. d. Was captured and killed when trying to engage a British Naval ship. 4.
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Now ye know there names and who to fear in history. V. Conclusion A. As I set out onto the high seas I hope I have for warned you about pirates and their might amongst the sea. B. I have told you about some of the most famous pirates ever, their ships and weapons.
C. And now cast the miss in mast for it is time for me to set out to sea.