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Pirate Trivia

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  1. Which pirate did Charles Laughton play twice on film, first in 1945, and then in 1952 in an Abbott and Costello film?
  2. By what name was Edward Teach better known?

  3. What is the traditional name for the early 18th-century pirate flag showing the skull and crossbones?
  4. What is the first name of Captain Pugwash, the fictional pirate in a series of children's books created by John Ryan?
  5. And what is the name of Captain Pugwash's ship?
  6. What word beginning with 'c' is often used to refer to a French buccaneer?
  7. Which writer created the fictional 18th-century pirate captain, Captain Flint?
  8. The ending of which war in 1714, led to many unemployed sailors turning to piracy?
  9. Name the early-18th-century frigate which was the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard?
  10. Which Irish 'female' pirate was famous in the Caribbean in the early 18th-century?
  11. Which brand of rum is named after a 17th-century Welsh pirate and has the slogan "To Life, Love and Loot."?
  12. According to the pirates’ song, how many men were there on a dead man’s chest?
  13. By what nickname was John Rackham commonly known by?
  14. The Spanish dollar, minted in the Spanish Empire after 1598, was also known by what name?
  15. Who is captain of the fictional ship the Black Pearl?
  16. Name the pirate captain who kept the map of the island where Captain Flint's treasure was hidden in Treasure Island?
  17. Elizabeth Swann, a female pirate in the film Pirates of the Caribbean, is played by which actress?
  18. Which slashing sword, with a straight or slightly curved blade sharpened on the cutting edge, is often associated with pirates?
  19. Which English privateer died of dysentery in 1596, while anchored off the coast of Panama?
  20. The fictional character Captain Hook is captain of which ship?
  21. What name is given to the punishment where a sailor is tied to a line that is looped beneath a ship, thrown overboard, and dragged under the ship?
  22. What name is given to the pirates and privateers that operated from the North African coast until the early 19th century?


  1. Captain Wiliam Kidd
  2. Blackbeard
  3. Jolly Roger
  4. Horatio
  5. Black Pig
  6. Corsair
  7. Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. The War of the Spanish Succession
  9. Queen Anne's Revenge
  10. Anne Bonny
  11. Captain Morgan
  12. 15 (Dead Mans Chest was an island and part of the British Virgin Islands)
  13. Calico Jack
  14. Piece of eight
  15. Captain Jack Sparrow
  16. Billy Bones
  17. Keira Knightley
  18. Cutlass
  19. Francis Drake
  20. The Jolly Roger
  21. Keelhauling
  22. Barbary pirates

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