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Question of Captain Pearl (11.03.2015): How much is an 18th century (brand new) galleon to build?
Galleon Neptune built for the movie Pirates by PolanskiA: It is difficult to evaluate but it was about 30,000 pounds toward the 16th and 17th centuries, knowing that if a craftsman earned 15 pounds a month, this was equivalent to almost 170 years of his working life!

We know this thanks to the French archaeologist Jean Pierre Moreau specializing in the history of the Lesser Antilles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on the Amerindian world and the world of Flibuste having shared these details at a conference on Caribbean pirates.
Another curiosity is that the H.M.S. Victory British battleship in the eighteenth century was costing 80 million Euros in current value.
6,000 oaks were needed to build it. Here is the official website of the H.M.S. Victory of the ship (in English).




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Who was the cruelest pirate? And who was the fairest?
I have for a long time been looking for the exact name of a prow sculpture that had a face carved mostly in wood and was laid in front of a sailboat. Could pirates decorate their boats with such sculptures?
I have heard of Davy Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean 2) in several stories. Is he a pirate legend? If this is the case, do you know what this legend is?
What actually was the grapple used for? Could it be used for things other than collision? Could it serve as the butt of a weapon (the cap) of the gun that was not used to fire only?
Where and when did Robert Louis Stevenson die?

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