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Distribution of Treasure

Golden Age of Piracy - Chapter Decoration

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Table of Payment: One of the easiest ways of comparing the rank or station of different officers on board different pirate ships might be to compare the different shares of prizes they received. I have included in this table the shares accorded to officers in the articles of Roberts, Lowther and Phillips, and the shares given to privateer officers of the 17th century according to Monson. By way of comparison I have also included the amount officers listed would have been paid per month had they served in a Royal Navy sloop in 1700. I have not included all the ranks listed in Monson or the Navy pay lists, only those ranks which also appear in pirate articles. Rank Roberts Lowther Phillips Monson Royal Navy Captain 2 shares 2 shares 11/2 shares 10 shares £8, 8s Master 11/2 shares 11/2 shares 11/4 shares 7 or 8 shares £4 Boatswain 11/2 shares 11/4 shares 11/4 shares 5 shares £2 Gunner 11/2 shares 11/4 shares 11/4 shares 5 shares £2 Quartermaster 2 shares 4 shares £1, 6s Carpenter 11/4 shares 5 shares £2 Mate 11/4 shares 5 shares £2, 2s Doctor 11/4 shares 5 shares £5 + 2d per man aboard. "Other Officers" 11/4 shares Various rates

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