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To fully become members of the pirate crew, new recruits had to sign a document and swore an oath of allegiance. This piece of pirate history was actually true, and pirate code was used on almost every pirate ships during the Golden Age of Piracy.
Pirate Shanties have become an integral part of a modern pirate myth, but historical records tell a much different tale that spans the time from between mid-16th all the way up to mid-20th century. Read more about pirate songs.
Flogging is method of punishment by beating the human body with particular implements such as lashes, whips, switches, rods, etc. Flogging was one of the most common punishments Navy sailors from many countries received during the Age of Sail. Since many of the pirates served in the Navy, they tended to avoid flogging as punishment during their pirate service.
Article that covers duties aboard and describes chain of command used on most pirate ships.