Rejoicing upon the announcement of "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" releasing in May 2011, here are some legends to quench the thirst of all pirate lovers out there.
Brethren Of The Coast
Was there an organised pirate government? Well, no.
This is especially true of the depiction of a pirate government formed by nine pirate lords in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End" and led by the one voted majority as "The Pirate King".
Despite the legends in books and movies, no real pirate government existed.
The Brethren of the Coast is simply a term applied to pirates and smugglers living in frontier settlements away from formal jurisdiction.
While some like to think of the Brethren as a government it is probably wiser to compare the term brethren to gangster.
A ghost of the sea. They haunt ships that have troubled pasts, such as mutinies or perhaps a ship that had a cruel master who was murdered or was believed to be in league with the Devil.
Occasionally, a sprite will bring warning of impending doom or warn sailors to stay out of the waters but most tend to be vengeful and or troublesome. The word sprite dates back to the 1500s and is an alteration of the word "spirit".
Pirates would often offer a blessing to men they marooned or toss a man overboard in an effort to bring rest to the soul of the condemned. If the person's soul did not find rest, it was feared they would return from Davy Jones as a sea sprite.