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The following is a list of the ranks and their respective duties aboard a pirate ship

Captain

The Captain of a Pirate vessel was usually elected by the crew. This person was responsible for asserting the general command of the vessel, especially in times of war.

Quartermaster

This person was also elected by the crew. The Quartermaster's main duty was to look out for the crew. This was done by representing the crew's interests, as well as maintaining order aboard the ship.

1st Mate
(Chief Mate)

The First Mate is now more commonly known as the Chief Mate. This person was typically selected by the Captain. The First Mate was responsible for ship handling and general navigation. It was also this person's duty to look after the ship's charts and navigational instruments.

Boatswain

The Boatswain (often shortened to Bo 'sun) was responsible for general deck activities such as dropping and weighing anchor, as well as the handling of sails.

Coxswain

The Coxswain (often shortened to Cox' n) was responsible for piloting and maintaining the longboats of a ship. Most notably the Coxswain was charged with transporting the captain to shore and back.

Gunner

The gunner was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Ship's cannons, guns and other arms. This also included any and all ammunition, powder, and equipment belonging to those weapons.

Cook

The ship's cook was responsible for overseeing food and drink provisions, as well as preparing meals for the crew. This member of the crew was often an older or injured sailor who was thus prevented from serving in other duties.

Striker

The Striker aboard a ship was a master at hunting and fishing. This person's skill was often called upon to provide food for the rest of the crew.

Artist

It was the job of the Artist aboard a ship to document the voyage through varied medium. Be it paint, sketch, carving, exc. Very few Pirate crews were lucky enough to have an Artist on board.

Grommet
(Powder Monkey)

The Ship's Grommet was responsible for transporting powder from the powder room to the cannons during times of battle. This position was typically filled by a young boy, and is more commonly known as a Powder Monkey.

Musician

The Ship's Musician was responsible for providing music when the crew pleased. The Musician was a vital tool, not only rousing men's spirits in battle, but also for maintaining moral during long voyages Most pirate ships were not fortunate enough to have a full-time musician on board.

Purser

The Ship's Purser was responsible for handling the Ship's provisions and finances. On small vessels the Quartermaster often filled these duties.

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