Here’s another review of one of my favorite movie series, probably the first movie that pops-up in your mind when we talk about pirates, The Pirates of the Caribbean. The fiction-ish film is set in the old Caribbean in 18th Century around the 1720s to 1750s at the peak of International Trade of Sail. And these trading ships are often high jacked by pirates.
In the movie, we’ve seen different ships and their legendary captains and some of these ships are cursed including the entire crew. From The Curse of the Black Pearl to Dead Men Tell No Tales, here are the starring ships and their Sets in the Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Undying Ship – Black Pearl
Probably the most famous pirate ship in the series and captained by the main character Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), The infamous Black Pearl, the ship with black sails is known as the fastest and uncatchable in the whole Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl started when its mutinous crew stole a chest of Aztec gold. “So the heathen Gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse. Any mortal that removes but a single piece from the stone chest shall be punished for eternity.” – Basically making the thief undead. Before the first movie ended, the curse was lifted that defeated Jack Sparrows mutinous first mate Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). What makes this ship special is the curse it still possesses even after the Aztec Gold Curse was lifted. It also shares this curse to the monkey named ‘Jack’ which most people fail to notice – it has the ability to regenerate almost undying. Throughout the series, we saw the Black Pearl withstanding cannon fires but still don’t sink. In the Dead Man’s Chest, it was sunk by the Kraken, only to emerge from Davy Jone’s Locker whole and unscratched. In the Stranger Tides, it was peppered by cannon fire said by Captain Barbossa and shrank to fit inside a bottle using black magic, but when the bottle was broken and the pearl was thrown into the sea, it emerged without any sign of damage like what Barbossa said.
Part of the Sea – the Flying Dutchman
the Flying Dutchman was introduced in Pirates of the Caribbean: And Dead Man’s Chest. It is captained by the cruel and monstrous Captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). The Ship looks like a shipwreck overgrown by corrals and sea creatures. It has the unique ability to sink into the water like a submarine giving it the advantage to surprise its enemy ships by surfacing beside them. It’s armed with two tri-barrel cannons up-front to shoot the enemy ships it’s chasing. But what makes the ship so formidable is its ability to call and command the Kraken. However, despite its tremendous power, it has a weak spot to keep the ship sailing for eternity; the captain must place his heart locked in the chest and can only walk ashore every ten years. Unlike The Black Pearl, The Flying Dutchman is a real old tale that haunts the seas not just in the Caribbean but all the waters. Be it a joke or a campfire story, the stories of a ghostly ship and the Davy Jone’s locker is widely known across the world.
Black Magic – Queen Anne’s Revenge
The Queen Anne’s Revenge is a pirate ship that came straight out of a nightmare. By just touching the Sword of Triton, Captain Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach (Ian McShane) can remotely control the ship even without its captain onboard. The same sword can also control other ships around it which made the Black Pearl turn against its crew and caused Captain Hector Barbossa his leg. It was formerly named La Concorde de Nantes and struck fear to the hearts of its ill-fated victims. The ship also has a secret weapon located on Queen Anne’s Revenge’s Bow called the Greek fire, a twin cannon that bursts flames that burn enemy ships. While in the movie, Blackbeard is a fearsome pirate captain, in real life he pretty much is. According to the records, Blackbeard is an English pirate sailed around the 1700s, capturing a French vessel La Concorde and equipped her with 40 guns and renamed her The Queen Anne’s Revenge. He scares his enemies by lighting two slow match cords tied under his hat.
The Ghost Ship – Silent Mary
The Last cursed ship featured in Pirates of The Caribbean is not a pirate ship but a Spanish Royal Navy vessel called The Silent Mary under the command of the famous decorated pirate hunter Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). As The Silent Mary chases a pirate ship, the Wicked Wench who’s currently being commanded by the 1st mate young Jack Sparrow, was out-driven forcing to enter the Devil’s Triangle and where it met its doom that cursed the ship itself and its crew trapped inside the triangle only to be released if Jack officially let go of his compass. The ship suffers great damage making it look like it’s impossible to sail. It can bring carcasses to life, like sharks and crows, to help it attack its enemies. The ship can also lift its bow up, opening its hull like a big mouth and broken sharp frames as its teeth, devouring enemy ships on its path. The crew can also travel over or under water if they want, however they can’t walk on land.