Did pirates actually wear eye patches?

You don't just need a ship to be a pirate. A pirate needs tons of blatant things and equipment to be a real pirate.


The captain - always looking for prey ...

The boots
It takes a lot of effort to get a maritime robber's clothing. Especially for a captain! For ordinary sailors, torn trousers would be enough. To be safe on the slippery deck and in the rigging, pirates are mostly barefoot. So no shoes. They are poor too. Maybe they still have an old cloth or a straw hat on their heads to protect them from the sun. But this poor elevator would not only contradict the self-image of the Alestorm captain, but also nobody would recognize him as a pirate! He would just look like an aging Tom Sawyer and / or a homeless man.

No no! Modern pop culture has defined exactly what a pirate captain should look like. The novel "Treasure Island" and films like "The Red Corsair" and of course the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series have shaped the iconography. For Captain Bahtlos, this meant that he had to put a lot more effort into his wardrobe! All right then. He didn't cut off a leg. He also didn't want to do without a hand, even if a hook looks pretty cool, admittedly. And only the pirate, who clumsily scratched himself with his hooked hand, wears an eye patch. As an intact pirate, Captain Bahtlos does not wear any prostheses. But as a result he needed something on both feet. Since he's the boss on his pirate ship, he doesn't have to get into the rigging or run around on the deck. That's what he has his crew for. So Bahtlos wears shoes. But not just any footwear, just the very finest. Super duper pirate boots!

While researching boots, Bahtlos came across a picture of the French corsair René Duguay-Trouin. He lived from 1673 to 1736. Duguay-Trouin is wearing gauntlet boots in the picture. "That's enough for me as proof that gauntlet boots are authentic pirate decorations," thought Bahtlos. Now he just had to get boots like that somewhere. This was not so easy. Since the kicks should come as close as possible to the original, it took the captain a while to find what he thought was the "correct" specimen. "Most of the gauntlet boots that are offered as 'historic' are made of synthetic leather or at least have rubber soles," says Bahtlos, describing his ordeal in the search for boots. “Of course that wasn't possible! It had to be real leather, like it was in the Caribbean. So for the sole too. ”A leather workshop that specializes in historical shoes finally won him over with their offer. The boots are made of real leather, including the sole. In addition, the sole is sewn and nailed by hand.

So there are actually shoemakers who can make a shoe like 300 years ago. “Of course I had to wait a while for my boots. Manual work takes time, ”says the captain. “When I finally unpacked these things and tried them on, it was a strange feeling. They are incredibly stiff and the leather sole is very smooth, so in future I have to be careful not to slide overboard. But it doesn't matter, ”he said. “The boots are as real as possible, so I'm happy. If you want to be a real pirate, you have to accept inconvenience. ”One of these inconveniences was that the boots initially looked as if they had just come from the workshop. It was like that ... "I didn't like that at all, because it didn't look a bit like adventure," said Bahtlos. "That's why I took sandpaper and dark shoe polish and artificially aged the boots so that it looked as if I had already sailed the seven seas in them."

This is how mutineers are booted.

The vest and the shirt
As everyone knows, pirates wore wide shirts with even more sleeves, including funny ruffles. And always a vest with it! As the captain's research revealed, supposedly every man who wore only shirt and trousers in the baroque era was virtually undressed upstairs. So it was incredibly improper to walk around without a vest. “Since I definitely didn't want to become an improper pirate, I needed a baroque vest,” says Bahtlos. Fortunately, there is plenty of historical clothing - always just called "garb" by the re-enactment disciples - on the Internet. By the way, reenactment - roughly translated: reenactment or reenactment - describes the hobby of recreating past eras as authentically as possible. Whether Vikings, cowboys or Napoleonic soldiers - there is nothing that is not re-enacted.

“Wait a minute!” Exclaimed the captain, shaken. “Am I going to be such a freak now too?” No! Of course not. After all, Bahtlos is not imitating anything, he is really a pirate! "Phew! That was close! I almost became a freak! "Shouted the captain. He
ordered a baroque-looking vest on the Internet, which he pulled over his pirate shirt. In contrast to the manageable number of possible vests, the selection of baroque and pirate shirts was enormous. It is therefore correspondingly easy for every young pirate to organize a pirate shirt.

Anything but improper.

The belts and the belt pouch
A beautiful belt is the pride of every privateer. Those who like to overdo it show off with a thick buckle that closes the belt and is anything but discreet. Who then exaggerates the exaggeration, as it is certainly the kind of pirate, is still wearing a second belt. If that's not enough for you, you can use the third belt. The more belts, the more impressive the pirate, is the motto. At least that's what Captain Kahl Bahtlos thinks. He girds himself four times and thus has space for a belt pouch, knife, money cat and everything that he might want to tie to himself.

The captain can no longer say exactly where he got the individual belts from. He had the largest belt and belt pouch made in a professional leather workshop. At least he still knows that. There was also a pirate mega-buckle. Without piracy, he cut a wide black belt from cowhide leather, sewed it together and even forged the buckle himself. The other two are from who knows where. “Pretty pirate-like,” says the captain. "After all, the Caribbean pirates have put their things together from an unfathomable hodgepodge." However, the former owners often had to jump over the edge for this. It is uncertain whether someone had to die for Bahtlos' belt. Except for one or the other cow.

A cow graveyard with climbing on it.

The sash
To look like a real pirate, you absolutely need a fabric sash, draped elegantly and boldly around the waist. Bahtlos' sash was supposed to look like one he saw in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". After a thorough study of the "original", he obtained ancient mangle cloths made of coarse linen, which were decorated with red line patterns. He cut the shawls into several thin strips and had a seamstress tie them into a shawl-like piece of fabric. The Pirates of the Caribbean sash that Bahtlos is incredibly proud of was ready. However, his sash has already been denigrated as a funny cleaning rag, Bahtlos likes to tell over a tankard full of ale. However, it is better to refrain from such rudeness towards a sinister pirate captain.

I call that a sash!

The hat
How Bahtlos, the king of the Mecklenburg privateers, got his captain's hat was a very strange story. Scared off by the high prices that are called for historically authentic three-cornered hats, Bahtlos wanted to tailor a hat for himself and thus became something of a mad hatter. He tailored and sewed. But no matter how hard he tried, none of his hat creations were of any use. When he put it on, it sometimes looked as if a crow had died on his head, and at other times he seemed to be wearing a mutated wig from Mars. Finally he gave up.

Without a hat, only with a headscarf, he went on a pirate voyage as so often on the Mecklenburg Lake District. One night a terrible storm woke him. The wind rushed with power. Lightning and thunder roared and lit the dark sky, over which huge clouds raced. In the middle of this storm, the Alestorm danced on the waves like a nutshell. Then it seemed to the captain that he heard the thunder of cannons, the clink of cutlass and high-pitched screams. There was nothing to be seen through the driving rain. In the morning the storm subsided. With the storm, the gruesome noises also disappeared.

When Bahtlos looked over the water, which was now smooth again, a three-cornered hat drifted slowly towards him, as if out of nowhere. With the boat hook he took the black felt hat on board. He smelled of soot and sea water. The captain let the hat dry in the sun and kept it. This hat is now his pirate captain's hat.

There it swims up, the cursed hat. Soaked with the blood of brave sailors who now rest in the dead man's chest.

The weapons
As a pirate, Captain Bahtlos cannot simply ask for alms. He must rob and plunder! To do this, of course, he needs appropriate weapons. The small knives on his belt are primarily intended for cutting the salted meat on board. But his huge cutlass wears respect from all pepper sacks. "The cutlass is a true-to-detail replica," says the captain proudly. It was like the blade with which Captain Jack Sparrow stumbled across the canvas. “A modern pirate is a mixture of historical figure and artistic character. Like my pistol, which looks like the originals, but was only built by master gunsmiths a few years ago. ”The captain puts the pistol in his belt, the cutlass hangs on a bandolier that he had made at a leather manufacturer.

The famous "skull splitter" and the "head punch". Two of the twelve apostles dangle from the bandolier.

The whole motley elevator
When the captain throws himself into his shell, it takes a long time. No wonder. There is also quite a lot of what he has to carry around with him: boots, trousers, shirt, vest, stockings, various belts with klimbim on them, headscarf, hat, earring, sash, tinder box, fire irons, knife, captain's coat , Telescope, rum bottle, a piece of eight (Spanish dollar) as a lucky charm, boatswain's whistle, cutlass, compass, muzzle loader ... Just like the Caribbean original, because a contemporary quote describes baroque men's fashion like this: "With some colors of nestles, Ribbons, ... on skin and hair, on trousers and wambs ... behenket, buttoned and loaded. ”And of course pirates wanted to show off even more with all the treasures they had looted and went one better with the already over-the-top fashion. Because of that, they were often extremely pissed off. A famous pirate, Jack Rackham (1682-1720), was such a peacock. Since he always wore a conspicuous three-colored coat, he was only called calico jack. Captain Bahtlos is just as much a rooster as Calico-Jack. “Just let someone laugh! I'll have him keel-fetched! "Threatens the darkling and sets the sails ...