- "Give 'em a broadside! Pound 'em lads! Pound 'em!"
- ―Pirate Captain
Broadside most commonly refers to the firing of all the cannons on one side of a ship. It also may refer to either the literal 'broad side' of the ship (meaning the port and starboard sides of the ship), or the ammount of guns on either side. Most professional naval gun crews can deliver a broadside of fire every 2-5 minutes, while a pirate crew usually boards after firing and doesn't bother reloading. Military trained gunmen fired broadsides one cannon after another, in turn, giving each one time to reload without interrupting the attack.
Broadsides were used throughout the Golden Age of Piracy. A full broadside was used in the battle between the Black Pearl and the Interceptor, where both ships each threw a broadside to kick off the fight. However the Interceptor tried, the Black Pearl was easily able to outgun it. Broadsides were given through many other ship battles.
Behind the scenes
- In the Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, the Pirate Captain of the Wicked Wench ordered his crew to give a broadside to the Spanish fort. As of the 2006 refurbishment, Captain Barbossa gave the order.
- A level in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow is called "Broadsides".
- Pirates of the Caribbean (ride)
- Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortés
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life (Non-canonical appearance)