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A man-of-war chasing a pirate lugger.
|A man-of-war chasing a pirate lugger.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: Bhc1109|
|Description: This shows a Royal Navy vessel - the man-of-war - in pursuit of a pirate vessel. Thousands of pirates were active between 1650 and 1720, and these years are sometimes known as a 'Golden Age' of piracy. Pirate ships usually carried far more crew than ordinary ships of a similar size - the extra men would take over any captured ships. Pirates also altered their ships so that they could carry far more cannon than merchant ships of the same size.|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|