Somali Pirates

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Somali Pirates

Pirates usually have many strong army guns

Today most ships have great security and are readly armed when crossing thses waters.


Piracy in Somalia has been a threat to international shipping since the second phase of the Somali Civil War in the early 21st century.[1] Since 2005, many international organizations have expressed concern over the rise in acts of piracy.[2][3] Piracy impeded the delivery of shipments and increased shipping expenses, costing an estimated $6.6 to $6.9 billion a year in global trade in 2011 according to Oceans Beyond Piracy

Past Piracy

Areas under threat many strong army guns

Pirates from Captin Phillips

A pirate is a person who commits a crime while at sea. The crimes could be anything but usually involve robbery or violence. Today most pirates dont venture out on long trips in big boats with black flags and captains, but rather instead thery go on daily routs looking for big cargo ships to attack. Piracy is so common in Somalia beacause of their low enconomy they have little food and fresh water.Piracy seems to be one of the only avalible jobs in Somalia because of this.

Piracy Today

The so-called “Golden Age of Piracy” lasted from about 1700 to 1725. During this time, thousands of men (and women) turned to piracy as a way to make a living. It is known as the “Golden Age” because conditions were perfect for pirates to flourish, and many of the individuals we associate with piracy, such as Blackbeard.Most pirates didn’t last very long. It was a tough line of work: many were killed or injured in battle or in fights amongst themselves, and medical facilities were usually non-existent. Even the most famous pirates, such as Blackbeard or Bartholomew Roberts, only were active in piracy for a couple of years. Roberts, who had a very long and successful career for a pirate, was only active for about three years from 1719 to 1722.

A pirate ship was more than a boatload of thieves, killers and rascals. A good ship was a well-run machine, with officers and a clear division of labor. The captain decided where to go and when, and which enemy ships to attack. He also had absolute command during battle. The quartermaster oversaw the ship’s operation and divided up the loot. There were other positions, including boatswain, carpenter, cooper, gunner and navigator. Success as a pirate ship depended on these men carrying out their tasks efficiently and supervising the men under their command.


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