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Pirate Booty: Salted Meat
Did Pirates Fish for Food?
Fishing was too difficult and with too little reward for hungry pirates. Instead, they relied on non-perishable, dried meats such as pork and beef. The meat was famously tough—so tough it’s said pirates used it in place of leather or made it into buttons.
Did Pirates Really Have Pet Parrots?
Life at sea was long and lonely, so some pirates in warm climates had pet parrots. The birds didn’t take up space, had few requirements, and were relatively clean.