Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-
The Snaphance Firing Mechanism: The snaphance was a development of the earlier snaplock mechanism, the main difference being the Snaphance used an automatic pan-cover (to keep the priming dry until the exact moment of firing) similar to that used in the wheel-lock, whereas the Snaplock had a manually operated pan cover similar to that of the matchlock.
The Snaphance also used the lateral sear mechanism from the wheel-lock to connect trigger to cock, and later, improved models also had a variety of safety mechanisms to prevent accidental discharge of the gun.
The Snaphance was used from the late 1550s until modern times (in North African guns), but by about 1680 it was out of fashion everywhere except Northern Italy where it persisted until the 1750s.
In Europe, and especially France, the Snaphance was replaced by the flintlock with its combined steel/pan cover starting from about 1620. In England, a hybrid mechanism called the English Lock replaced the Snaphance from the same date. Both the flintlock and the English lock were cheaper and less complex than the Snaphance.
Fact of the Day:-
To society, pirates were lawless bands of thieves who lacked honour and respect. Among themselves, however, they had a strict code of conduct that ensured democracy.
Codes of conduct differed between groups, but all were designed to promote a stable, equitable system in which the good of the group was the priority. The agreement to work together provided for the sailors psychological needs and ensured some security. Pirates accused of misconduct were tried by their crew mates, who decided their guilt or innocence and what punishment was justified. At the beginning of a new voyage, or upon the election of a new captain, new articles would be drawn up and sworn to upon a bible or axe. Each man signed, or marked if they were illiterate, their agreement to the articles.