barkadeer

A small pier or jetty vessel.


barque (also bark)

A sailing ship with from three to five masts, all of them square-rigged except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged; a small vessel that is propelled by oars or sails.

galleon

A large three-masted sailing ship with a square rig and usually two or more decks, used from the 15th to the 17th century especially by Spain as a merchant ship or warship.

 

gally

A low, flat vessel propelled partly, or wholly by oars.


hulk

A ship that has been gutted, but remains afloat. Vessels were often "hulked" to turn them into a hulk so they may be repurposed from their original employ. Hulks were too old for battle so the British Royal Navy made it common practice to turn hulks into floating prisons, known as prison hulks, which they used to capture and hold pirates and privateers. 

 
 

jolly boat

A light boat carried at the stern of a larger sailing ship.


long boat

The largest boat carried by a ship which is used to move large loads such as anchors, chains, or ropes. Pirates use the boats to transport the bulk of heavier treasures.


lugger

A two-masted sailing vessel with a lugsail rig.


man-of-war (also man-o’-war)

A heavily armed vessel designed and outfitted for battle.


pink

A small sailing vessel with a sharply narrowed stern and an overhanging transom.


pinnace

A light boat propelled by sails or oars, used as a tender for merchant and war vessels; a boat for communication between ship and shore.

 

pirogue

 A small canoe typically used in the Caribbean often used by pirates to overtake much larger vessels.


Plate Fleet

Fleet of Spanish ships used to carry silver and gold to Europe.


schooner

A fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel having at least two masts, with a foremast that is usually smaller than the other masts.


sloop

A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing boat with a short standing bowsprit or none at all and a single headsail set from the forestay. This boat was much favored by the pirates because of its shallow draught and maneuverability.


snow

A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.


tender

A vessel attendant on other vessels, especially one that ferries supplies between ship and shore; a small boat towed or carried by a ship.


wherry

A light, swift rowboat built for one person usually used in inland waters or harbors.


yawl (or dandy)

  1. A ships small boat crewed by rowers.

  2. A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel similar to the ketch but having a smaller jigger or mizzenmast projecting out behind the rudder.