Thursday, September 17, 2009

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Avast ye Hearties! September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day so I offer some sites to help you develop some pirattitude!

The picture is of Ching Shih, a famous female pirate in late Qing China. Ching Shih's real name is unknown as is where she was born. "She was born in 1785 and died at the age of 69 in 1844.

Zheng Yi belonged to a family of successful pirates who traced their criminal origins back to the mid-Seventeenth century. Following his marriage to Ching Shih, Zheng Yi used military assertion and his family's reputation to gather a coalition of competing Cantonese pirate fleets into an alliance. By 1804, this coalition was a formidable force, and one of the most powerful pirate fleets in all of China..."


Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates 

Blackbeard the Pirate
... and the Presumed Wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge

Blackbeard – Terror of the Sea

The Origins of the Compass Rose

Pirates! Fact and Legend

Women In History - Female Pirates

Public Domain Books you may download for free.

Great Pirate Stories by Joseph Lewis French in 1922

The History of the Pirates published by Thomas Carey in 1825

Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts by Frank R. Stockton in 1919


Shanties and Sea Songs - Well shiver me timbers! This site offers a boatload of shanties, pilot verses and sea songs. There is also a treasure chest full of CD and book recommendations, and information on tall ships, pirates, and sailing books. You’ll be singing and sailing the seven seas in no time at all!


New England Pirate Museum
– Educational material from Elementary School to High School, including historical perspectives and poems and biographies for teachers.


Jolly Roger Pirate Flag Poster

Pirate Activities for Children – Make a Treasure Map or telescope, your own pirate ship and more!

Family Crafts - Halloween is around the corner. Why not shiver their timbers with this pirate costume?

DLTK- Kids - Make your own pirate, parrot or mouse bookmark.

Pirate Sticker Sheets


What did Pirates eat and drink?

Fun pirate foods for kids

Pirate Fun Facts

Pirate Jokes

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Jai Joshi said...

I'll have to take some time and savour all the information here! I'll be passing on your link to someone I know too who loves pirates and anything to do with them.


Karen Chace said...

Wonderful Jai! Happy to share the information with all.


Simon Brooks said...

Avast behind, me-hearties! What a tweasure!

Susan O'Halloran said...


My 5 year old grandson has suddenly fallen in love with pirates. Thanks for these resources. Can't wait to tell him some pirate jokes! Love, SUE

Lois Sprengnether Keel said...

Thanks for the pirate joke link. My puppet puppy is about to become a pirate for some programs . . . he tends to say Aarf! Can use all the humorous schtick I can dig up as we'll be Digging for Treasure in the 398s!

Lois Keel said...

Thanks for the great bibliography, Karen, especially the pirate jokes. My puppet puppy is going to become a pirate...he says Aaarf! I can use all the pirate humorous schtick I can locate.