what are the types of ships the pirates preferred and why?

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culain | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Pirates generally preferred smaller, more agile ships such as sloops.  Really a pirate was looking for something fast that could still overpower a merchantship such as a Fluyte and was quicker than the larger ships used by the navies of the world.

 Sloops had several advantages to the pirate in that they had a shallow draft (the shallower the draft, the less water a ship needs to operate in), could outrun pursuit and still could carry upwards of 20 guns.

Brigantines were another ship often used by pirates, a smaller two masted ship that carried around a dozen guns.  

Galleys were used by Mediterranean Pirates, but they use primarily use oars and are not typically suited to open ocean.