Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Weird names for ships
One of the weird names for a ship has to be the Black Pearl. Think of the history of it for a moment. First it's an East Indiaman converted for the slave trade (eh? There was vastly more profit in the Indies), then it's sunk, after its been burned, then there's a deal with Davy Jones to raise it again.
At which point it goes off apirating in the West Indies. Eh?
The pirates were pretty much cleared out of the West Indies by the 1690s....the East Indiamen didn't get going until the 1730s or so and so, umm, well, anyway, where on earth did the name of the Black Pearl come from?
Someone been having a seance with Old Walt or something?
Posted by Tim Worstall at 7:07:00 pm