Quiz about The Pirate Crew
Quiz about The Pirate Crew

The Pirate Crew Trivia Quiz


It took a surprising amount of organization in order to sail a successful pirate ship. Cast off and see how much you know!

A photo quiz by ponycargirl. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
ponycargirl
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
376,496
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
514
Last 3 plays: Guest 175 (7/10), Guest 76 (9/10), Guest 73 (8/10).
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1. The captain of a pirate ship generally had a double share of any booty taken. How did a person become captain? Hint

He was the one who owned the ship.
He was democratically voted by the crew.
He was the best fighter on board the ship.
He was the ship's Sailing Master.

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2. Speaking of booty, which officer of the pirate ship was in charge of dividing up any treasure, as well as punishing crew members for minor offenses? Hint

First Mate
Quartermaster
Rigger
Bosun

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3. Shiver me timbers! What other duty did the ship's carpenter usually have? Hint

Wakeman
Surgeon
Priest
Swabbie

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4. What was the term for an apprentice who was on board a pirate ship? He might be serving any number of skilled crew members. Hint

Striker
Leech
Mate
Sprog

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5. Not always as young as you might think, what is the name for a worker on the pirate ship who is the captain's servant? Hint

Matey
Cabin Boy
Wench
Runner

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6. A very important member of any pirate crew, who made and maintained the barrels? Hint

Blacksmith
Cooper
Gunner
Cobbler

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7. "Weigh anchor, boatswain!" What has the member of the pirate crew just been ordered to do? Hint

Swab the decks!
Lower the anchor.
Raise the anchor.
Get out of the way!

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8. During a battle on a pirate ship, who runs the gunpowder from below deck to the cannon? Hint

Bilge Rat
Powder Monkey
Landlubber
Purser

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9. Which crew member on a pirate ship had the task of keeping the cannons in good repair? Hint

Armorer
Whitesmith
Farrier
Master Gunner

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10. The core of the pirate crew was made up of the ABS. What was an ABS?

Answer: (Three Words Singular)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The captain of a pirate ship generally had a double share of any booty taken. How did a person become captain?

Answer: He was democratically voted by the crew.

Believe it or not, the captain of the pirate ship was democratically voted by the crew. It was a tricky job; those who were too aggressive could find themselves afloat in a boat after a mutiny. On the other hand, those who were too wishy-washy were soon voted out.

In addition, a captain's authority was really only absolute during battle. At other times, a vote by the crew determined whether his orders would be carried out.
2. Speaking of booty, which officer of the pirate ship was in charge of dividing up any treasure, as well as punishing crew members for minor offenses?

Answer: Quartermaster

With power almost equal to a captain, the quartermaster was usually elected by the crew at the same time as the captain of the ship. While the captain had absolute authority during battle, at other times the quartermaster had control of the ship and crew.

As the representative of the sailors, he distributed food, settled quarrels, and punished members for minor offenses. It was also his job to decide what plunder to take from a captured ship, and keep accurate records as to how it was divided. Like the captain, the quartermaster received a double share of the booty.
3. Shiver me timbers! What other duty did the ship's carpenter usually have?

Answer: Surgeon

The carpenter had a very important job; he was to regularly inspect the ship and make sure it was water tight, making whatever repairs were necessary. He had to be especially clever; many times when a ship needed repair, it was done on a deserted island, and the only materials at hand were whatever could be scavenged.

Whenever necessary the carpenter would use his ship-building tools to perform operations and amputations. Of course, trained doctors were hard to find! Yikes!
4. What was the term for an apprentice who was on board a pirate ship? He might be serving any number of skilled crew members.

Answer: Mate

Usually there was more than one mate aboard a large pirate ship. That is why there were titles like "First Mate" or "Second Mate". He could be an apprentice to a variety of skilled laborers on board, such as the Boatswain or Master Gunner. Responsible for fitting out the ship, it was important to make sure that all of the rigging for the voyage was in good repair. If anything was found to be out of place, he reported it immediately.

When the ship docked at port the Mate also saw to any repairs that were necessary in the sails, anchors, and cables.
5. Not always as young as you might think, what is the name for a worker on the pirate ship who is the captain's servant?

Answer: Cabin Boy

The cabin boy, a young man usually between the ages of fourteen to sixteen, was a servant on the pirate ship. He was especially expected to be at the beck and call of the ship's captain. However, he also waited on the other members of the crew, as well as any passengers that might be aboard.

Many young men would run away and join a pirate crew, thinking that they could escape their current life; some were kidnapped into service. It should be noted, however, that some saw being a cabin boy as a way to begin a naval military career.

Many famous sailors, such as Lord Admiral Nelson, began their naval career as a cabin boy.
6. A very important member of any pirate crew, who made and maintained the barrels?

Answer: Cooper

Barrels were used to store all the necessary provisions on a pirate ship including food, water, and gunpowder. The cooper regularly inspected the barrels, and also put them back together as it was customary to to break down empty barrels on a ship to make more space for other things. Do not underestimate the importance of this job! In 1587, Sir Francis Drake and his crew raided two Spanish ports and took enough staves to make 25,000-30,000 barrels! Spain was forced to postpone the launching of the Armada; the next year, after using improperly cured staves, the sailors of the Armada found leaky barrels filled with rotten food, putrid water, and other ruined contents.

The rest is history!
7. "Weigh anchor, boatswain!" What has the member of the pirate crew just been ordered to do?

Answer: Raise the anchor.

The boatswain was in charge of keeping the ship fit for sailing. Also called a bosun, he looked after the wood, canvas, and ropes, making sure they were in good repair. He also oversaw the dropping and raising of the anchor and keeping the deck clean. An experienced boatswain could expect a 1-1/2 share of the booty.
8. During a battle on a pirate ship, who runs the gunpowder from below deck to the cannon?

Answer: Powder Monkey

Young boys who were selected for their speed and short height, powder monkeys had to move quickly in limited space. Their size also enabled them to hide behind behind the ship's gunwale, protecting them from being shot by an enemy sharpshooter.
9. Which crew member on a pirate ship had the task of keeping the cannons in good repair?

Answer: Master Gunner

Essential to the success of a pirate ship, the master gunner not only kept the cannon and other ordanace free of rust, he also sifted the gunpowder to keep it dry. It was typical for a master gunner to began his career as a powder monkey and work his way through the pirate ranks. It wasn't uncommon for a master gunner to be trained by the Royal Navy, and then switch sides!
10. The core of the pirate crew was made up of the ABS. What was an ABS?

Answer: able bodied sailor

The common sailor, or ABS, needed to know the general working of a ship. He could be asked to help navigate or read the sky to determine upcoming weather. It was also important to know how to work the rigging and the sails. The average person didn't become an ABS overnight; it took years of experience. What was the most important skill possessed by an ABS? The ability to follow commands and read their captain's mood had to be at the top of the list!
Source: Author ponycargirl

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