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Batavia Yard,, where Dutch shipwrights have recreated the Batavia, a 17th-century merchantman of the Dutch East India Company, and are currently constructing a full-sized replica of the Seven Provinces, an 80-gun man-of-war from 1665.

The Evolution of the Sextant, how early mariners and navigators developed the instruments that guided them around the world.

Figureheads, an informative page on the history and significance of these masterpieces of the carver’s art. And then see the magnificent work of Martin Jeffery, who carries on the tradition today.

Nautical Expressions in the Vernacular, a list of colorful phrases used in the maritime novels of Patrick O’Brian.

The Tall Ship "HMS" Rose. I’ve had the privilege of training for two weeks aboard the "HMS" Rose, a replica 18-century frigate that has since been sold to Twentieth Century Fox for the film adaptation of the Patrick O’Brian novel, Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe. The Rose site is still active, however, and keeps visitors up-to-date on the ship’s whereabouts and activities.

Forecastle Treasures. There are many sites on the Web offering pirate-related artifacts, but this one has, by far, the best macro photography I’ve seen. The photos provide enough detail so that you can really inspect what you’re buying from their outstanding collection of Atocha dubloons and pieces of eight.

The Vasa Museum, site of the museum devoted to the Swedish warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa was raised from the deep in 1961, and since then has been the focus of a major restoration project.

The Spanish Treasure Fleet System. "The Spanish had the cow," said one contemporary European observer, "but everyone else drank the milk." See why Spanish ships were the favorite targets of buccaneers during the Golden Age of Piracy.

Britannia, the history lover’s resource for outstanding articles on Britain’s past.

Port Royal, "the wickedest city on earth." Once a haven for pirates and privateers, Port Royal was destroyed on the morning of June 7, 1692 when an earthquake sent most of the city sliding into the sea. This site features the discoveries of Texas A&M’s nautical archaeology team.

No Quarter Given. Probably the most complete pirate site on the Web.

Pirate Mod, a manufacturer of pirate-themed gear, flags, and wearables, including what may be the largest variety of skull-and-crossbones shirts available.

A History of Piracy in the Caribbean. Nice overview of piracy, courtesy of the Saint Lucia Tourism Board.

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