Welcome to the Reef!
* NEW ARTICLE: A Most Murderous Monument
* MK’s Latest Adventure into the Caribbean with a rich illustrated History Lesson included:
The Very Bloody History of Old San Juan Puerto Rico: Battles and Buccaneers, Part 1
* New Feature of the Day: TREASURE!!!!
* Pictures of the Week: Tromp’s Aemilia kicks ass! …and English East Indiaman takes on Three Spanish Privateers…
* THE GOLDEN AGE: Why was the Golden Age – So Golden?
* SHIP OF THE MONTH: The Dutch privateer (Vrijbuiter/Zeeroover) Klein Fregat – Scroll to the bottom of this page…
* What I am working on… HERE
* Where can I get a copy of Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships? HERE
* Chapter 17 of Piet Heyn’s saga continues here: https://buccaneersreef.com/story-day/
Welcome to Buccaneer’s Reef. Like Fiddler’s Green this is a place for the discarded and forgotten. A place for wretches, heroes and historians. This is a site dedicated to those who want to know the rest of the story concerning Pirates, Privateers, and the great Golden Age of Sail and Piracy that occurred previous to the to over-popular and over-glamorized 18th/19th century version of history that we are inundated with in the media and popular culture.
As such we focus on classic movies, books, and especially video games – which these days could quite possibly be described as the greatest and most realistic escape available to those that would like to transport themselves into an immersive experience in an earlier time.
This is no kiddie site but young ones that have an attention span beyond five minutes and desire to learn about REAL history are very welcome here.
Why the Golden Age you ask…. Historically speaking it is the philosophy of Buccaneer’s Reef that the 17th century was a much more historically rich period than the later 18th/19th centuries. It is the time of great change, scientific development, philosophy and thinkers like Bacon, Descarte, Pascal, Milton, Hobbes, Grotius, Spinoza, Galileo, and Isaac Newton. See this article on the Golden Age to understand where I am coming from: GOLDEN AGE
It is the time of the first venture stock companies and the first global trade struggles. Instead of only a handful of primary players on the world stage as in the 18th century, the 17th century map is full of worthy opponents no matter what faction you may prefer. The conflicts of the 17th century were much more expansive, global, and lasted much longer than the 18th century. The grand sea battles of the Golden Age often saw each side fielding over a hundred large warships as opposed to a couple dozen at the very most in the rare large sea battles of a century later.
Also the 17th century had a dash and flair that is missing a hundred years after. The weapons are much more elegant and decorative, the clothing, art, sculpture and decoration still enjoy the rich style of the high rococo and baroque. The dress is far more flamboyant and swashbuckling. The ships are more rakish, decorative and still in interesting evolutionary development at this time. Whereas the ships we find in the 18th century are far more developed, standardized, flatter, less decorative and frankly less interesting. And last we must mention that the great pirates of Dunkirk and Ostend, the Levant, the Barbary Coast, the Caribbean, Africa and Madagascar were at their Zenith from 1620-1690. This was the time when Piet Heyn seized the entire Spanish treasure fleet – the only man in history to ever do so. This is the time of England’s counter invasion of Spain and Grenville’s famous Revenge held off fifty three Spanish war galleons alone to allow the English vanguard to escape.
It is the time of some of the greatest and most innovative sailing ships ever built: Batavia, Wasa, Kronen, St. Louis, Soliel Royale, The Sovereign of the Seas, HMS Prince, Santa Anna, Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, Hollandia, Eendracht, Brederode, and Zeven Provincien.
This is the time of grand fleets when ships of all factions traveled in great convoys – East India fleets, Treasure Fleets, Pirate Fleets and Invasion Fleets – unlike a century later when the philosophy had changed to individual ships being less valuable targets (not to mention that the pirates were pretty much gone by then).
This is the time of the second Spanish Armada. This is the time of the global Anglo-Dutch trade wars. It is the time of Henry Morgan, Laurens DeGraff, and Henry Avery. This is the time of the great French corsairs Duguay-Troin, and Cassard.
This is a time when England far from being the great and virtually unopposed power she was a century after, was defeated utterly by both Holland and France. Holland invaded England and and burned most of the Royal Navy capital ships and dockyards – in view of London itself during the Battle of the Medway. France destroyed the English Navy in detail at the great Battle of Beachy Head. These are disasters that have been largely swept under the rug of history and we here at Buccaneer’s Reef revel in the telling and exploration of these great and neglected historical topics.
In short, if you’re into Pirates, Privateers, Corsairs, and the largest age of sail sea battles in history, then you should be into the Golden Age too. If nothing else this site will serve as a place that offers a great education on this amazing time in world history.
Just so you know….The one thing that we will talk about here more than any other thing is…..sailing ships.
One other thing I should mention is that we will focus our central modding around Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned ships(ERAs mods). This title is still widely available and easily obtainable via hardcopy and download. In addition, when/if a couple of other offerings are completed soon and are modable(Caribbean! for instance) we will focus on those as well. But for the time being our flagship game/mod is GOF ERAs Module 2. The first 5 minutes of the following video of our GOF ERAs mod gameplay, demonstrates everything I talked about on this page.
SHIP OF THE MONTH: The Dutch privateer Klein Fregat 09 June 2016
So I had yet to feature any Dutch ships in our ship of the month column. With my research and resulting historical article on the Tyger vs the Shackerloo and also inspiration coming from my test game where I am currently operating with a similar ship (the old Remus77 converted POTBS Postillionen) I decided upon featuring the small fast privateering “Klein Fregat” built by the Dutch and Flemings throughout the 17th century.
If you are interested in these types of ships be sure to go to my FLICKR photo album of them where I also write a short narrative historical description of these ships as well. HERE
If you would like to see a selection of all my albums click HERE
So here now are the screenshots of her below. I love how agile and quick she is. I sincerely wish we could get some version modeled that actually look like the paintings I illustrate in the Shackerloo vs Tyger story. I would die and enter heaven to get the one in Arnold de Lange’s painting modeled. LINK MK
To see previous Ships of the Month go HERE