Long John Silver Trust




Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-

THE ORDINARY of NEWGATE's ACCOUNT of the Confession, Behaviour, and Dying Words, OF THE MALEFACTORS Who were executed at TYBURN, On Wednesday, the 14th Day of February, 1770.

"The Black Prince sailed, with full compliment of men and provisions, from Bristol, for the coast of Africa; when she had run three days out of the harbour, with a smart wind, the greater part of the crew, spirited up to an act of Piracy by a ship-mate on board, to whose counsel they gave great attention (being an experienced sailor, and the only son of a wealthy farmer in the south of England, who had at different times made him owner of two ships, the value of which, with their cargoes, he squandered away in lewdness, drunkenness and riot) forced the master and officers who were on board, with one cabin-boy, nine in number, into the long-boat, left then by them to the mercy of wind and waves. Such afterwards as shewed the least reluctance to their wicked designs and cruel actions, or were any way suspected for a breach of faith with them, they either hung at the yard-arm, towed them along side, till quite dead, as a terrifying example to the rest, or obliged them to walk on a plank, extended from the ship's side, over the Sea, into which they were turned, when at the extreme end. - Then having cruised about two months, and taken some prizes, they were, by stress of weather, drove on shore in the desart parts of the island of Hispaniola, where some of the crew perished, thro' fatigue and want of sustenance; the surviving part, having obtained passports from the governor, by false and delusive means, sailed to Portugal, where in all probability, they are now, except two, who came to England, of whom George Geery was one, whose shameful and untimely end should be a sufficient warning and caution to all men, not only to avoid the company of evil men, but also, not to give the least attention to their wicked, insinuating, and delusive tongues." [more]


Fact of the Day:-

Jacques Cartier (31st December 1491 – 1st September 1557) was a French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France. He was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named "The Country of Canadas", after the Iroquois names for the two big settlements he saw at Stadacona (Quebec City) and at Hochelaga (Montreal Island).


Fact of the Day:-

Knots have existed from the time humans first used vines and cord-like fibres to bind stone heads to wood in primitive axes. Knots were also used in the making of nets and traps, but knot making did not become sophisticated until it was needed for the ropes (rigging) that controlled the sails of early sailing vessels. Knot making then became the province of sailors, who exhibited great skill and ingenuity in devising various kinds of knots for different purposes. The principal requirements of a good knot are that it does not slip when made and that it be tied and untied without difficulty.