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- 1 C
- 1.1 Cannibalism
- 1.2 Captain
- 1.3 Captain's Log
- 1.4 Carbuncle
- 1.5 Careening
- 1.6 Cargo
- 1.7 Carina
- 1.8 Carriage
- 1.9 Cast
- 1.10 Cast off
- 1.11 Cat o' nine tails
- 1.12 Cat's out of the bag
- 1.13 Catholic
- 1.14 CBP
- 1.15 Ceremony
- 1.16 Chain shot
- 1.17 Chapeau
- 1.18 Chaplain
- 1.19 Chief
- 1.20 Choice
- 1.21 Chronometer
- 1.22 Circa
- 1.23 Classics
- 1.24 Cleaver
- 1.25 Clemency
- 1.26 Cleric
- 1.27 Clerk
- 1.28 Club
- 1.29 Clubhauling
- 1.30 Cobardes
- 1.31 Coffer
- 1.32 Come about
- 1.33 Commandeer
- 1.34 Convent
- 1.35 Convert
- 1.36 Cook
- 1.37 Cooper
- 1.38 Corporation
- 1.39 Corset
- 1.40 CotBP
- 1.41 Coxwain
- 1.42 Creole
- 1.43 Crier
- 1.44 Crimp
- 1.45 Crow's nest
- 1.46 Cur
- 1.47 Currency
- 1.48 Curse
- 1.49 Cut out the middle man
- 1.50 Cutlass
- 1.51 Cutthroat
- 2 Notes and references
C[edit | edit source]
Cannibalism[edit | edit source]
The act of one individual of a species eating all or part of another individual of the same species as food.
The master of a ship, the captain was responsible for its safety and oversaw its crew.
- "I, Captain Jack Sparrow, being recently possessed of a ship, a crew and a hat, do take it upon me from this day forth to faithfully and truthfully recount our adventures on the high seas and lowly streets in this Captain's Log."
- ―Excerpt from Jack Sparrow's log
Carbuncle[edit | edit source]
A painful localized bacterial infection of the skin, commonly referring to a red, infected spot. Also a deep-red garnet or precious stone. 
Careening[edit | edit source]
- "She'll cut quite a figure, eh, mate?"
"The masts look to be in good shape. We'll need to go over all her canvas."
"First, though, we've got to get her hull shipshape. We'll take her up one of the Calabar's tributaries half a mile, and careen her on one of those nice sandy banks."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Robert Greene
Careening a ship is the practice of beaching it at high tide. This is usually done in order to expose one side or another of the ship's hull for maintenance and repairs below the water line when the tide goes out. This practice is also known as to "hove down".
Cargo[edit | edit source]
Carina[edit | edit source]
A constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the hull or keel of a ship, and it was the southern foundation of the larger constellation of Argo Navis (the ship Argo) until it was divided into three pieces, the other two being Puppis (the poop deck), and Vela (the sails of the ship).
A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
Cast[edit | edit source]
To turn the head of a vessel, commonly away from the wind, in getting under way.
Cast off[edit | edit source]
To throw the mooring lines back onto the dock in preparation for a sailing vessel to get underway.
Cat's out of the bag[edit | edit source]
Catholic[edit | edit source]
A member of a Catholic church.
CBP[edit | edit source]
Abbreviation of The Curse of the Black Pearl, first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Also TCotBP, CotBP or Curse.
Ceremony[edit | edit source]
An event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion.
- "Load your guns with chain shot! Aim for their rigging -- we must slow them down!"
- ―Jack Sparrow
Two cannonballs or half-cannonballs joined by a chain; fired at an enemy ship to destroy its rigging.
Chapeau[edit | edit source]
In French, used to express appreciation.
A chaplain is a member of the clergy commonly serving a group of people not organized as a mission or church. Chaplains were often attached to a ship's crew. A chaplain served aboard the scuttled ship.
Chief[edit | edit source]
Choice[edit | edit source]
- "But if I might offer an exceedingly simple solution; don't save your father."
"I have to. I can't turn my back on him"
"Can't is a matter of fact. You can if you want, but you won't. That makes it a matter of choice. That's what life is, boyo: choices. Out of all the things you can do, what will you do? If I might lend a machete to your intellectual thicket...avoid the choice altogether. Change the facts."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Will Turner
An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision. Anything that can be chosen. The best or most preferable part.
Chronometer[edit | edit source]
A timepiece or timing device with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy, for use in determining longitude at sea or for any purpose where very exact measurement of time is required.
Circa[edit | edit source]
Circa, often abbreviated as ca., ca, or c., rarely as cca. or cir, was a term used to mean approximately, around, near, or about a certain date.
Classics[edit | edit source]
Another name for the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome during Classical Antiquity.
Cleaver[edit | edit source]
Cleaver is a squarish, heavy knife used by butchers for hacking through bones.
Clemency refers to amnesty and pardons; means the forgiveness of a crime or the cancellation (in whole or in part) of the penalty associated with it. It is a general concept that encompasses several related procedures: pardoning, commutation, remission and reprieves.
A cleric, often referred to as clergyman, is a member of the clergy, especially one who was a priest, missionary or other religious professional.
Clerk[edit | edit source]
One who occupationally works with records, accounts, letters, etc.
Club[edit | edit source]
A short staff or stick, usually made of wood, wielded as a weapon.
Clubhauling[edit | edit source]
A risky maneuver whereby a ship tacks (turns sharply into the wind) by dropping one of the front anchors, the intent being to snag the anchor on the seabed and use the ship's momentum to swing it around faster than could otherwise be accomplished.
Cobardes[edit | edit source]
Cobardes is a Spanish term meaning "coward".
Coffer[edit | edit source]
A secure box, often watertight, for storing a ship's treasury; a ship's "official" treasure chest.
Come about[edit | edit source]
- "Hands, come about! Run out the guns!"
- ―Theodore Groves
To come to pass; to develop; to occur; to take place; to happen. In nautical terms, it means to tack; to change tack; to maneuver the bow of a sailing vessel across the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other; to position a boat with respect to the wind after tacking; to bring the ship full way around in the wind. Used in general while sailing into the wind, but also used to indicate a swing back into the enemy in combat.
Commandeer[edit | edit source]
- "Commandeer. We are going to commandeer that ship. Nautical term."
- ―Jack Sparrow
Convent[edit | edit source]
Convert[edit | edit source]
- "Clergyman. On the off chance that this does not go well for me, I would like it noted here and now that I am fully prepared to believe in whatever I must, so that I may be welcomed into that place where all the goody-goodies get to go. Savvy?"
"We have a word for that, Jack. You can convert."
"I was thinking more of an as-needed basis."
- ―Jack Sparrow and Philip Swift
A person who has converted his or her religion or who was in favor of something that he or she previously opposed or disliked. Philip Swift once suggested that Jack Sparrow convert after the pirate asked for a way into Heaven.
Cook[edit | edit source]
A person who prepares food for consumption.
Cooper[edit | edit source]
A person trained to make wooden casks, barrels, vats, buckets, tubs, troughs and other similar containers from timber staves that were usually heated or steamed to make them pliable.
Corporation[edit | edit source]
A company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity.
CotBP[edit | edit source]
Coxwain[edit | edit source]
A coxswain or cockswain was at first the swain (boy servant) in charge of the small cock or cockboat that was kept aboard for the ship's captain and which was used to row him to and from the ship. With the passing of time the coxswain became the helmsman of any boat, regardless of size.
Creole[edit | edit source]
Crier[edit | edit source]
Also stylized as Cryer, it is an officer who proclaims the orders or directions of a court, or who gives public notice by loud proclamation; as, a town crier.
Crimp[edit | edit source]
Crow's nest[edit | edit source]
Cur[edit | edit source]
Money or other items used to facilitate transactions; Paper money; a countable unit which symbolize real value Acceptance or use.
Curse[edit | edit source]
- "Curse you for breathing, you slack-jawed idiot!"
- ―Joshamee Gibbs
A curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity, inflicted by any supernatural powers.
Cut out the middle man[edit | edit source]
"Cut out the middle man" is a known phrase, which means to go straight to the source, instead of getting someone to go for you. Cutler Beckett was considering to kill Jack Sparrow in order to use Sparrow's compass to find Shipwreck Cove.
- "Our ships are in pursuit, and justice will be dispensed by cannonade and cutlass, and all manner of remorseless pieces of metal. I personally find it distasteful to even contemplate the horror facing all those on board."
- ―Cutler Beckett
Cutlasses were favored by sailors due to their small size and ease of use. The weapon was commonly used for cutting ropes, canvas and wood, and in battle for close quarter combat and boarding actions. They were reportedly still in use by the Royal Navy as late as 1941, and in Korea by a US Marine. Reports also indicate that the weapon was used as early as 1667 by French Pirate François l'Ollonais.