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Your Life as A Cabin Boy on A Pirate Ship

Your Life as A Cabin Boy on A Pirate Ship

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Describes life as a cabin boy aboard a pirate ship.
Publisher: Mankato, MN :, Picture Window Books,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781404871595
1404871594
Branch Call Number: J 910.45 GU
Characteristics: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Burns, Mike 1989-

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SPL_Kids Mar 20, 2014

Young pirate enthusiasts may want to read this book to get the true picture of life aboard a pirate ship.

If you joined a pirate crew at a young age, you would become the ship’s cabin boy. Exciting? Yes, sometimes … but mostly, the life of a cabin boy would be filled with hard work, drudgery, discomfort and danger.

Firstly, pirate food might surprise (or horrify) you. Bland pirate porridge, smelly sea turtle stew and tasteless hardtack were often the only items on the menu.

Secondly, pirate ships weren’t built for comfort. The crew slept on the hard deck or below in the stuffy, foul-smelling “hold”.

Thirdly, pirates didn’t take baths – and there were no laundry facilities on board either. After weeks or months at sea, the smells on the ship would be overpowering, to say the least!

Severe punishments were sometimes awarded to crew members who broke the “pirate code”. Most common were being tossed overboard or being marooned alone on a deserted island.

Lastly, life at sea was dangerous and deadly because pirates (and cabin boys) often died or were injured in storms, fights, accidents, or from diseases such as malaria.

Keeping all of this advice (much of it tongue-in-cheek) in mind, would-be pirates might wish to choose an alternative career!

This entertaining book is one of a series by Jessica Gunderson. Other titles include Your Life as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and Your Life as a Cabin Attendant on the Titanic.

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SPL_Kids Mar 20, 2014

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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