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"Rouse the captain immediately. Heave to and take in sail. Launch the boats."
James Norrington[src]

A canvas mounted on a ship used to catch the wind and drive it along; "to sail", a voyage or excursion in a vessel; collective term for sailing vessels. [1]


Sailing is the propulsion of a ship or a boat and the control of its movement with sails.


"Show a leg, sailor!"
"Aye, sir! What?
Scrum and Jack Sparrow[src]

One who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman. Davy Jones was one of many known sailors of the Seven Seas.


"Salvaging is saving, in a manner of speaking."

The act of saving a ship or its cargo from the perils of the sea. [2]

Sauce for the gander[]

"It was not worth feeling what small, fleeting joy life brings, he decided, and so he carved out his heart, locked it away in a chest, and hid the chest from the world. The key... he keeps with him at all times."
"That was a roundabout way to get to the answer."
"Sauce for the gander, Jack.
Tia Dalma and Jack Sparrow[src]

An idiom meaning if something is acceptable for one person, it is acceptable for another.


"Son, I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?"
Jack Sparrow to Gillette[src]

Savvy [sav-ee] - adj.: To request understanding. To comprehend; understand.[1] Jack Sparrow commonly used the term, almost as a catchphrase[2] in which context the word was thought to mean "Understand?" or "Get it?".


An alternative spelling of scallywag, it was to describe a rascal.


"Hmmmmmm... do they give scholars titles?"
"Sometimes, Father, if they have contributed to the sum of human knowledge. I’ve studied the work of one man that may well achieve it. His name is Isaac Newton."
"Never heard of him.
Jonathan Beckett Sr. and Cutler Beckett[src]

A specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities.


A sinking schooner.

"Me ship was a tidy little schooner name of Cobra."
Hector Barbossa to pirates assembled at Shipwreck Cove[src]

A schooner (pronounced /ˈskuːnər/) is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts with the forward mast being no taller than the rear masts. Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, and further developed in North America from the early 18th century.


"Oi, fishface! Lose something, eh, scungilli?"
Jack Sparrow taunting Davy Jones as he holds the jar of dirt[src]

A mollusk.


"Lemons ward off scurvy."
"And what makes you think that?"
"I have no scurvy. But all of you do.
Henry Turner and Cole[src]

Contemptible or despicable; literally a disease due to a deficiency of Vitamin C. [3]


"There's an evil on these seas that even the most staunch and bloodthirsty pirates have come to fear."
Tia Dalma[src]

A large body of salty water, particularly the ocean.


"You lot should have seen him. Before he was cursed by Davy Jones. Before he had power over the seas and waters. Before he had the Trident. Just another scrawny seadog."
Laura Smith on Torrents[src]

A slang term for a seaman.


"Sir. The men—"
"They be dead already."
"They don't sound dead."
"Oh, is that so? Well I hear nothing but...seagulls. Nesting. What is it that you hear, Mr. Groves?"
"...Seagulls. Nesting. Nothing more.
Theodore Groves and Hector Barbossa[src]

Any of several white seabirds, having long pointed wings and short legs. When the crew of the HMS Providence were getting killed by mermaids, Hector Barbossa claimed that he only heard seagulls nesting.


"Avast there, poor Albert, a seaman first class... Stout 'arted in battle, but shy 'round a lass."

A mariner or sailor, one who mans a ship, a person skilled in seamanship. Opposed to landman or landsman.


"My employer is in need of a good weaver and seamstress for his household. How much?"
"I don't want to sell Ayisha. She's too good at her craft.
Ian Mercer and Roger Dalton[src]

A woman whose occupation is sewing.

Sea turtle[]

"That can't... How did..."
"Sea turtles, mate.
Ragetti, Pintel and Teague about the Prison Dog[src]

Any species of turtle that inhabits oceans. One of Jack Sparrow's legends is that he roped a couple of sea turtles to escape Rumrunner's Isle.


"Señor. You may call me Doña Pirata. I captain the frigate Venganza."
Esmeralda to Jack Sparrow[src]

Señor is a courtesy title used before the surname or full name of a man in a Spanish-speaking area. The female equivalent is señora (or señorita for non-married women).


"And to what do I owe the pleasure of your carbuncle?"
"He sent me. Davy Jones."
"Ah. So it's you then. He shanghaied you into his service, eh?"
"I chose it.
Jack Sparrow and Bootstrap Bill Turner[src]

To force or trick someone into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew. To abduct or coerce; To commandeer; appropriate; hijack. When Jack Sparrow met up with Bootstrap Bill Turner, he assumed that Davy Jones shanghaied him into service aboard the Flying Dutchman.


"Captain, I wish to report a mutiny! I can name fingers and point names."
"No need, Mr. Sparrow. They are sheep. You, their shepherd.
Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard[src]

A shepherd (pron.: /ˈʃɛpərd/), or sheepherder, is a person who tends, feeds, or guards flocks of sheep. The word stems from an amalgam of sheep herder. Figuratively, a shepherd could be someone who watches over, looks after, or guides somebody. Blackbeard referred to Jack Sparrow as a shepherd for devising a mutiny aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge.


"Hold up there, you! It's a shilling to tie up your boat in the dock. And I shall need to know your name."
"What do you say to three shillings, and we forget the name?"
"…Welcome to Port Royal, Mr. Smith.
Harbormaster and Jack Sparrow[src]

The shilling is a unit of currency used in the British Empire.


"Oh, 'tis an honor indeed to have you back aboard me ship."
My ship."
"Jack Sparrow—"
Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

A sailing vessel larger than a boat, with three square-rigged masts. Ships like the Black Pearl, the Flying Dutchman were valuable for their supernatural abilities, while ships like the HMS Dauntless and HMS Endeavour were valuable with their power.

Ship's articles[]

A pirate prepares to sign the ship's articles with his own blood.

"Jacques, you silly fool. I fear you have made a grave error. Don't you know any better than to try and conceal booty from your comrades? That's an offense punishable by death, under La Vipère's Ship's Articles."
Christophe-Julien de Rapièr to Jack Sparrow[src]

Terms and conditions agreed to by the crew of the pirate ship.


"Ship to starboard!"
"That's no ship, sir. It's a shipwreck."
"No. She's sailing straight toward us. Open fire!
Officer Cole, First Officer Wade, and Captain Toms[src]

The wreckage of a ship that is located either beached on land or sunken to the bottom of a body of water.

Shiver me timbers[]

"Shiver me timbers!"
Mullroy to Pintel and Ragetti[src]

Shock or suprise, drawn from the shock of a cannonball impact which literally shivers a ship's timbers.[1]


An indispensable tool for any treasure-hunter. Some people who use shovels beware of splinters.


The taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging. [4]

Silent as the grave[]

"Mr. Sparrow, you will accompany these fine men to the helm and provide us with a bearing to Isla de Muerta. You will then spend the rest of the voyage contemplating all possible meanings of the phrase 'silent as the grave'. Do I make myself clear?"
"Inescapably clear.
James Norrington and Jack Sparrow[src]

To say absolutely nothing, especially about a particular subject.


"And then―this part is bad―the trunk crashed open when it hit the dock. Luckily, this trunk held none of the rare and precious spices we were carrying―it was part of the silk shipment. So I was relieved."
"Relieved to have dropped silk?"
"Silk doesn't break.
Jean Magliore, Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III, and Tumen[src]

A natural protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles.


The nine silver pieces of eight.

"Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate."
Jack Sparrow to Will Turner[src]

A white, ductile metal used to make coins, ornaments, etc. Also commonly used as currency.


"And ye'll not lay a hand on those under the protection of parley."
"Aye, sir.
Hector Barbossa and Bo'sun[src]

A respectful or formal term of address used for a man, such as "Yes, sir". It could also refer to a distinctive title of a knight or baronet; after being knighted, Lord Beckett had once been referred to as Sir Beckett. Lastly, it could refer to a lord or gentleman, such as "noble sirs and ladies".[5]


"The moment we raised our true colors, that sloop, he run up his flag, too. A red flag, with a black demon skull on it."
Hector Barbossa[src]

A bony structure in the head of most creatures.


"Cutler, your mother has a wasting disease. Some kind of unknown ailment the doctors can't diagnose or cure. She's dying, boy. Seeing you settled as a clergyman is her last wish."
"How dare you try to use my mother to manipulate me, you devil? A ‘wasting disease’ is it? An ‘unknown ailment?’ You lying, filthy hypocrite! I know what’s wrong with my mother, and so do you! She has the damned pox, and you gave it to her!
Jonathan Beckett Sr. and Cutler Beckett[src]

An infectious disease unique to humans, caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor.


Also forge. The name for a blacksmith's workplace.[3] John Brown maintained a smithy in Port Royal.[2]

Smoke signal[]

The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication, as a form of visual communication used over long distance. Marooned with Jack Sparrow on a desert island, Elizabeth Swann was horrified to discover that this bold pirate had no idea how to escape. While Jack drinks himself senseless, she burned his stock of rum. The huge fire alerts the HMS Dauntless and they are rescued the next morning.[4]


"The rigging had come to life! Our own ship turned against us. Tangling the crew, wrapping around them like snakes...and wrapping around my leg."
Hector Barbossa[src]

A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.


"For a moment there, I thought you’d stumbled onto the lost treasure of the Incas. You know, the one that Pizarro, in his arrogance, lost."
"Pizarro? Those Spaniards! Always losing their treasure.
Jack Sparrow and Christophe-Julien de Rapièr[src]

The term Spaniard, general term of Spanish people, has two distinct meanings: Traditionally, it applies to people native to any part of Spain. More recently, it refers to people who hold Spanish citizenship.

Spanish Main[]

"This is the Caribbean, aye, sir. The Spanish Main, they call it. Pirates on the prowl here."
Roger Prescott to Jack Sparrow[src]

The Spanish Main was the informal name for the mainland of the American continent enclosing the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.


"Jack... How exactly are you planning to reach Kerma? Flap your arms and fly, like the sparrow, your namesake? You’ll sail there in my ship, remember?"
Cutler Beckett to Jack Sparrow[src]

A small bird.


"We made port in Martinique, and we were unloading the cargo. Precious stuff, those spices. Worth their weight in gold—literally."
Jean Magliore[src]

A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavours.


Cole looks through his spyglass.

A small telescope.


In naval warfare, a squadron is a group of battle ships, not exceeding five line of battle ships, and several other smaller vessels. Usually commanded by a Commodore.


The HMS Interceptor during a squall.

"A call to all, pay heed to the squall, / And turn your sails toward home."
―from Hoist the Colours[src]

A sudden, violent gust of wind. [6]


"Lower the anchor on the right side. On the starboard side!"
Elizabeth Swann[src]

The nautical term of the right-hand side of a ship or boat when facing the front, or fore or bow. Starboard does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft.


Any of various strong ropes or wires for steadying masts; to put a ship on the other tack; also in stays: heading into the wind with sails shaking, as in coming about. [7]

The stern of HMS Providence.


The aft or rear of a vessel; opposite to bow. [8]


"Gibbs. This is the woman from Seville."
"Ah. You pretended to love her and left her and broke her heart."
"Worse. I may have had...briefly, mind you...stirrings."
"What, like...feelings, you mean?"
"No, no, no, no, no, not quite all the way to feelings. More like...All right, feelings, damn you."
"And you left her still. Oh, that's low."
"...Thank you.
Jack Sparrow and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

An initial sign of activity, movement, or emotion. Jack Sparrow claimed to have stirrings with Angelica.


"Now this appears to be no more as we have a stowaway on board. A young woman by the look of it. I want you to search the ship and find her."
Bellamy after looking at Elizabeth Swann's wedding dress[src]

A person who hides aboard a vessel to obtain free transportation or to elude pursuers. [9] Diego de Leon stowed away aboard the Black Pearl to escape from San Augustin.[5] Elizabeth Swann stowed away aboard the Edinburgh Trader to reach Tortuga.[6]


A native of the Caribbean often from Darien or the Mosquito Coast who hunted fish and game for the crew.


"I could get you a few lumps of sugar, Captain Sparrow."
Mistress Goodwright to Jack Sparrow[src]

Sugar is a class of edible crystalline carbohydrates, mainly sucrose, lactose, and fructose, characterized by a sweet flavor.


"Come sunset, it won't matter."
―One of Jack Sparrow's hallucinations[src]

The time of day when the sun disappears below the western horizon. A rare phenomenon known as the green flash occurs at the last glimpse of sunset.


"There is a prophecy. Maybe you don't believe in the supernatural."
"Oh, no, no. I've seen a thing or two.
Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]

Above nature; that which is beyond or added to nature, often so considered because it is given by God or some force beyond that which humans are born with. Something that is not of the usual and is somehow not natural, or has been altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all. Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa have been in adventures involving the supernatural.


"I don't really want to be a captain anymore. I'd much rather just be a ship's surgeon. There's a lot less pressure."

A person responsible for the health of the ship's crew.


"Pleased to make your acquaintance, but I ain't no swab no more."

A rubbish sailor or one new to sailing a ship.


"Ten years of hoarding swag."
"And now we finally get to spend it.
Pintel and Ragetti[src]

Money or valuables, plunder or booty. [10]


"Young, naïve, inexperienced in the ways of the world...lads like yourself tend to have rampageous imaginations. They want adventure, danger, they imagine themselves swashbucklers. So they envision peril in every new sail."
Nathaniel Bainbridge to Jack Sparrow[src]

An extravagant swordsperson or adventurer of some sort.


"Make ready the guns, and run out the sweeps!"
Hector Barbossa[src]

A long oar used to propel a vessel.[11] The Black Pearl carried sweeps.[2]

Sweep (or Sweeper) is also a term for a type of very light swivel mount cannon that was loaded exclusively with grape shot for the sole purpose of decimating the target's crew whilst leaving the ship itself intact.

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