The History of Leith

December 16, 2011

Red is for ruthless: Rare Jolly Roger pirate flag captured in north Africa battle 230 years ago goes on show for first time

It was used to frighten passing ships into surrendering without a fight – the red background meaning the pirates would give no quarter if a battle commenced. Now a rare 18th Century Jolly Roger flag captured in 1780 has gone on display for the first time. for more click here

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