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Career information
Port of registry

Calabar[1] (formerly)
Tortuga
Isla de Muerta[2]

Owner(s)

Cutler Beckett[3] (formerly)
East India Trading Company (formerly)
Jack Sparrow
Hector Barbossa
Blackbeard[4]

Captain(s)

Jack Sparrow
Hector Barbossa
Will Turner (temporarily)[5]

Notable crewmembers

Crew of the Wicked Wench
Crew of the Black Pearl

Passengers

Amenirdis[1]
Tarek[1]
Shabako[1]
Lian[6]
Park[6]
Palaimon[7]
Elizabeth Swann[2]

Fate

Sunk by EITC, later restored by Davy Jones[5][1]
Dragged to the depths by the Kraken, brought back from Davy Jones' Locker[8]
Shrunk and bottled by Blackbeard[4]

Technical information
Type

East Indiaman[9]
Galleon[10][11][12]

Length

165 feet

Speed

The only ship that can outrun the Flying Dutchman[5]

Weapons

32 cannons

Battles

Attack on the Wicked Wench
Attack on the Spanish galleon
Attack on Port Royal
Destruction of the Interceptor
Skirmish off of the Isla Cruces
Skirmish off of the Black Sand Beach
Battle of Calypso's maelstrom
Capture of the Black Pearl

Affiliation

Crew of the Wicked Wench
East India Trading Company (as Wicked Wench)
Crew of the Black Pearl
Pirate Armada

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides

Portrayer

Barge (CotBP)
Sunset (DMC, AWE)

"Wherever we want to go, we go. That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails. That's what a ship needs. But what a ship is...what the Black Pearl really is...is freedom."
Jack Sparrow[src]

The Black Pearl was an infamous pirate ship, originally a merchant vessel named Wicked Wench. With sails as dark as a moonless night, and a hull painted to match, this legendary ship of the seven seas was every inch a pirate vessel. Built for action, this ghost ship could outsail any other sailing vessels. The Black Pearl was most notably captained by Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa.

Command was first given to Jack Sparrow who fulfilled many contracts for the East India Trading Company on the behalf of Cutler Beckett. However, after Jack liberated a cargo of slaves, Beckett ordered the Wench set alight and sunk and her captain forever branded as a pirate. After failing to rescue the Wench, Jack made a deal with Davy Jones, the ghostly captain of the Flying Dutchman. Jones raised the Wicked Wench from the depths, giving Jack thirteen years as captain, in exchange for one hundred years of service aboard the Dutchman. With the Wench's new charred look, Jack renamed her the Black Pearl. Now a renowned pirate vessel and threat of the Caribbean, the Black Pearl would embark on many adventures on the high seas.

Two years later, during the quest for the cursed treasure of Cortés, Jack Sparrow lost the Pearl by a mutiny led by his first mate, Hector Barbossa. After ten years of being a cursed ship, with stories being told of the ship preying on ships and settlements, the Black Pearl was regained by Jack Sparrow after he killed Barbossa. For the next year, Jack would captain the Pearl until he was reminded of his thirteen year old bargain with Davy Jones, who demanded the debt was due to be paid. This prompted Jack's search for the Dead Man's Chest, which ended with the Kraken dragging both Jack and his beloved Pearl to Davy Jones' Locker. After escaping the Locker, the Black Pearl sailed for Shipwreck Cove, led by both Jack and the resurrected Barbossa, where it became the flagship of the Brethren Court's armada in the fight against Cutler Beckett's Armada. The titanic battle would end with the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman, now captained by Will Turner, destroying the HMS Endeavour, achieving the pirates victory.

After the battle, Barbossa once again stole the Pearl from Jack with the intention to using it to find the Fountain of Youth. But the Pearl came under attack by the Queen Anne's Revenge, captained by the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Using his sword, Blackbeard turned the Pearl against Barbossa and his crew. Blackbeard would have captured the Black Pearl and made it into one of the many ships enclosed in bottles in a special cabinet in Blackbeard's cabin.

History

East India Trading Company ship

The Wicked Wench

"I have another ship. It's one I actually own. It's an older ship. The shipwrights have told me that converting her hold to haul slaves would be expensive, and rather time-consuming, so I bought her for hauling other cargos. She's called the Wicked Wench. Would you like to sail her for me, Captain Sparrow?"
"Yes, I would, sir. I'd be pleased to do that.
"
Cutler Beckett and Jack Sparrow[src]

It is unknown when the Wicked Wench was built, but she was already an old ship when she was bought by Cutler Beckett, the Director of West African Affairs for the East India Trading Company. She was docked in Calabar, when the Fair Wind, a brig of the EITC, docked in the port. When the First Mate of the Fair Wind, Jack Sparrow, gave to Beckett his report about how he saved the ship and the most of its cargo from falling into the hands of the pirates, Beckett was so impressed that he offered him to become the captain of the Marlin, a slave ship of the Company. Sparrow refused to transport slaves, but as Beckett saw that Sparrow was worthy to be a captain, he gave him command of the Wicked Wench.

Jack Sparrow became very attached to the ship, seeing her as less of a vessel and more a symbol of the freedom he so desired. But when Jack refused to give Beckett the exact location of the lost island of Kerma, and the Shining City of Zerzura with its treasure-filled labyrinth, Beckett ordered Sparrow to transport a boatload of slaves to New Avalon in the Bahamas for Viscount Penwallow, Beckett's immediate supervisor and patron. Jack initially agreed to do so, succumbing to pressure Beckett placed on him and the fact that Beckett promised to sell him the Wench for just one shilling. But after embarking with the cargo of slaves, Jack rebelled. He set the slaves free on the illusion-hidden island of Kerma. Seeing this turn of events, Beckett sent ships and men to track the Wench down. Jack was later caught, imprisoned, and eventually branded with a "P" for "pirate".[13]

"She's just a ship. Made of wood, and canvas. You're going to destroy your own property? Just to get back at me?"
"She's not just a ship to you, Jack. And yes. That's precisely what I am going to do.
"
Jack Sparrow and Cutler Beckett[src]

Beckett wanted to hit Jack where it hurts the most, so he set the Wicked Wench on fire as his men held Jack by, and made him watch his beloved ship burn. Jack was able to escape from the guards and tried to save the Wench from the flames, but instead was hit by a falling beam of the Wench's burning cabin. Jack found himself in a dream-like state, and, realizing he was dying, summoned Davy Jones and made a deal with the squid-faced captain. Jack would spend one hundred years in service to Jones aboard the Flying Dutchman if he raise the Wicked Wench from the depths and give Jack command of the vessel for thirteen years.[8] Jones kept to his word, and raised the ship from the depths for Jack. Due to her charred appearance, Jack re-christened her the Black Pearl, and painted the ship's hull black and gave her black sails in order to strengthen her image as an infamous pirate ship.[13]

Pirate ship

The Black Pearl

"The Black Pearl? I've heard stories. She's been preying on ships and settlements for near ten years. Never leaves any survivors."
"No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?
"
―A seedy prisoner and Jack Sparrow[src]

Jack captained the Pearl for the next two years, assembling a crew of pirates who became the scourge of the Caribbean, including Hector Barbossa, who became Sparrow's First Mate. During this time, Jack sailed the Pearl around the globe on his search for an extraordinary substance; Shadow Gold. Later on, Jack learned of the location of the mysterious treasure island, Isla de Muerta, and was set to lead his crew there. However, once he told Barbossa of the island's location, the crew mutinied, and left Jack marooned on a desert island. The new Captain Barbossa had the Pearl set sail to Isla de Muerta, and to the treasure within.[2]

Barbossa's command

The ghost ship

"You've seen a ship with black sails, that's crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out?"
Mullroy to Murtogg[src]

Misfortune struck the Pearl's crew, however, as the Aztec gold they found in the chest of Cortés was cursed, and turned them into the living dead. Over the next decade, they attempted to reclaim all 882 pieces of Cortés' treasure they had so carelessly frittered away, in order to reverse the effects of the curse. Although The Black Pearl herself was not cursed, she appeared to have been affected by the curse; she now operated with pitch-black sails ripped in many places, yet was still known as the fastest ship in the Caribbean. Further, a shroud of thick fog seemed to follow the Pearl wherever she sailed.[2]

Pearl fleeing

The Black Pearl sailing through the fog.

The Black Pearl's exploits became infamous over the next ten years. Some had heard the stories of the dreaded ship, that she had sailed the waters of the Caribbean, preying on towns and vessels. Without warning, she would appear out of the night and attack, leaving nothing nothing but chaos and destruction in her path.[14] The Black Pearl became a legend, an old ghost story told to young children to scare them. Although Mullroy scoffed upon hearing the ship's name from Jack Sparrow, he argued about if the Pearl was real or not with Murtogg, who claimed to have seen it.[15]

On one occasion, the Black Pearl sunk a British merchant vessel carrying young Will Turner. Unbeknownst to the crew, Turner was actually carrying the final coin needed to lift the curse, though the medallion was later taken by Elizabeth Swann aboard the HMS Dauntless. While taking a look at the medallion, Elizabeth caught movement out of the corner of her eye: a ship with tattered black sails, moving silently through the thick fog, hoisting a flag with a skull.[2] For unknown reasons, around the initial appearance of the Dauntless, the Black Pearl left without getting neither Will nor the coin. Either because of the pirates taking off, discretion being the better part of valor, or they were simply lost in the fog.[16]

Attack on Port Royal

"I know those guns...it's the Pearl."
Jack Sparrow[src]
Pearl rowers

The Black Pearl launches an attack on Port Royal.

Will Turner and the crew of the Pearl ultimately crossed paths again 8 years later, following the Pearl's attack on Port Royal. Two of the cursed crewmen, Pintel and Ragetti, captured Turner's love Elizabeth Swann, who had the final cursed coin in her possession at this point. Because of this, as well as Elizabeth's introduction as "Elizabeth Turner", Barbossa believed that she was the child of Bootstrap Bill who could help lift their curse. And so, Elizabeth was "welcomed" aboard the Pearl for the journey. A few days later, the cursed crew brought her to Isla de Muerta, where Barbossa began the ritual to lift the curse. It failed, and so the crew realized that Elizabeth wasn't the person they needed.

The Intercepter versus the Pearl

The HMS Interceptor battling with the Black Pearl.

Later, after Elizabeth escaped with the medallion, the Pearl pursued and engaged in battle with the HMS Interceptor, which ended in the ship's destruction. After the battle, the crew had Will Turner captive to restart the ritual. However, Jack Sparrow intervened, and killed Barbossa moments after the curse was lifted by the actual Turner, William. The remaining members of the crew were captured by the Commodore Norrington and his soldiers of the Royal Navy. During the chaotic battle, Jack's rag-tag crew from Tortuga led by Gibbs made off with the Black Pearl.[2]

Sparrow's command

New adventures

"Captain Sparrow...The Black Pearl is yours."
Anamaria to Jack Sparrow[src]
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Elizabeth Swann walking the Pearl's plank.

At Tortuga, the crew recruited some new members as well as patching up the torn and ragged sails, and repairing the damage the Pearl had suffered during the battle, with the curse lifted the dense fog that had followed the ship for the past ten years dispersed. They then sailed to Port Royal to help Sparrow, who was sentenced for execution at Port Royal for his crimes against the crown, though with the help of Will Turner he managed to escape. He was soon reunited with his crew, and once more took command of the Black Pearl. He and his ship set off on a voyage of freedom.[2]

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The Black Pearl arriving to save Jack Sparrow.

During the following year, the Black Pearl sailed the Seven Seas and her crew fought other pirates, the undead and the Royal Navy, searched for treasures and captured merchant ships.[17] At some point she escaped a Royal Navy ship captained by James Norrington near Tripoli by sailing into a storm. The Navy ship followed her and sunk.

At some other point, the Navy managed to capture the Black Pearl, her captain, Jack Sparrow was thrown in a prison and the ship herself was kept in on a secret Navy outpost somewhere in the Caribbean [18] while the release orders for her were guarded by a Navy soldier in Port Royal.[19] Sparrow escaped, and with some help, he got the ship back and recruited new crew members. When Sparrow and Will Turner were sentenced to death in Panama, they hoped that the Black Pearl would rescue them, and of course the ship and her crew did.[20]

Freedom's price

"You've been captain of the Black Pearl for thirteen years. That was our agreement."
"Technically, I was only captain for two years, then I was viciously mutinied upon."
"Then you were a poor captain, but a captain nonetheless! Have you not introduced yourself all these years as Captain Jack Sparrow?
"
Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow[src]
Black Pearl Pelegostos Island DMC

The Black Pearl ran aground on Isla de Pelegostos.

By this time, thirteen years had passed since Davy Jones had raised the Wicked Wench from the depths, and now it was time to call in Jack's debt. However, Jack wasn't intending to surrender his soul to Jones, so he embarked on a quest to find the Dead Man's Chest and gain control of Jones himself. With the legendary Kraken in pursuit, Jack was forced to avoid the open water, and ran the Pearl aground on Pelegosto island. There, Jack and his crew were captured by the Pelegostos, cannibal natives of the island. While they attempted to escape, Pintel and Ragetti tried to salvage the Pearl. The crew arrived back at the ship in time, however, and ultimately employed the pirates onboard the Pearl.[8]

Pearl under Jack Sparrow

The Pearl under Jack Sparrow's command.

Despite his cunning, Jack could not run from Davy Jones for long. Although he believed he had Jones' heart in his possession—and thus could exert his influence over him—he found too late that James Norrington had stolen the heart from him on Isla Cruces, where the Dead Man's Chest had been found. Now aboard the Black Pearl, Jack was forced to face the wrath of Davy Jones, manifested in the form of the Kraken. Initially, he attempted to leave the Pearl and its crew while he raced for land, but found he could not go through with this cowardly plan, and returned to the Pearl. The ship suffered serious damage by the Kraken, and Jack, with a heavy heart, ordered his crew to abandon ship.[8]

"Jack Sparrow...our debt is settled."
"The captain goes down with his ship.
"
Davy Jones and Palifico[src]
Kraken destroys the pearl

The Pearl, dragged to the depths by the Kraken.

However, Elizabeth Swann realized that they were all in danger as long as Jack remained with Will, herself and the other crewmen of the Pearl. And so, Elizabeth tricked Jack, by kissing him, to the point where she would be able to shackle him to the ship's mast. Then, she left him to his grim fate as the rest of the crew escaped the area on the last of the Pearl's longboats. Although Jack managed to free himself from the ship's mast, he had no time to escape the doomed Pearl, as the Kraken arrived simultaneously of his escape. Instead, Jack pulled out his sword and bravely faced the Kraken in a display of noble heroism and, as a true Captain, went down with his ship.[8]

Resurrection

"So tell me, what's become of my ship?"
Hector Barbossa[src]
Black Pearl Locker Expanse

The Black Pearl trapped in Davy Jones' Locker.

The Kraken dragged the Black Pearl down to Davy Jones' Locker, along with its captain. Both were marooned on a seemingly endless desert. While being dragged underwater, the Pearl had its deck cleaned off by the rushing waters, and during his time there, Jack may have repaired some of the damage on the Pearl, but was unable to repair it fully. However, Sparrow was forced to endure a maddening existence leading to hallucinations wherein he saw multiple personifications of his various personalities attempting to crew the Pearl.[5]

The Pearl in the locker

The Black Pearl being carried by crabs.

During one of the pirate's bouts of hallucinations, a rock Jack had thrown turned into a crab. Other rocks turned into a army of crabs. This force moved the Pearl, with Jack chasing behind. The crew of the Hai Peng arrived in the Locker in time to see the Black Pearl, with Jack standing on the Pearl's rigging, slide into the sea. Tia Dalma apparently was responsible for this turn of events.[5]

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The Black Pearl in seeing dead people in boats in the Locker.

Jack immediately resumed his captaincy, though found competition in the form of the resurrected Hector Barbossa. His crew was bolstered by Tai Huang and his men, who pledged their allegiance to Sparrow. The Pearl sailed through the seemingly endless doldrums of the Locker, encountering Weatherby Swann and many other dead people in boats along the way. Jack later deciphered the cryptic clues of Sao Feng's navigational charts, and devised a plan to return the Pearl back to the land of the living. He and the rest of the crew tipped the Pearl upside down, allowing the crew to escape the Locker heralded by a green flash.[5]

Sparrow and Barbossa's command

Double cross

"Beckett agreed. The Black Pearl, was to be mine!"
"Lord Beckett's not going to give up the only ship as can out run the
Dutchman, is he?"
Sao Feng and Ian Mercer[src]
DevilsThroatInterior

The Pearl sailing through the Devil's Throat.

Following their escape from the locker, the crew of the Pearl sailed to a small island in order to stock up on fresh water. Jack and Barbossa led the party on land, while Will Turner stayed on board the ship along with Elizabeth and most of the crew. Once on the island however the Pearl was ambushed by the Empress, and command was handed over to the East India Trading Company, thanks to Sao Feng's deal with Lord Beckett. However, Barbossa convinced Feng to aid the crew, and the Pearl launched an attack on the HMS Endeavour while Feng fled. Jack and Barbossa were free to command the Pearl once more and made for Shipwreck Island. Journeying to the island, and through the Devil's Throat, the Black Pearl arrived to Shipwreck Cove, where Jack and Barbossa would meet with the other Pirate Lords.[5]

Pirate flagship

"We will need to use the Black Pearl as a flagship to lead the attack."
"Oh, will we now?
"
Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa[src]
Pearlbattle

The Black Pearl fighting around Calypso's maelstrom.

The Brethren Court agreed to go to war, led by the newly-voted Pirate King, Elizabeth Swann, and the Black Pearl sailed out as the flagship of the pirate armada. After the parley with their opponents, the Brethren prepared for battle. Onboard, Barbossa and the Pearl's crewmen released Calypso from Tia Dalma's body, showering the deck with millions of crabs before creating a massive maelstrom that served as the battlefield between the pirates and Lord Beckett's forces. As the maelstrom formed, Barbossa took the helm and took command as he steered the Pearl into the whirlpool to battle.[5]

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The Pearl and the Dutchman fighting against the Endeavour.

The Pearl itself fought directly, engaging the Flying Dutchman in single combat with Barbossa at the helm. Both ships circled the whirlpool while their crews swung from one to another. Fighting broke out on the deck of the Pearl, during which Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner were married by Barbossa. By the end of the battle, Davy Jones was killed, and Will Turner replaced him as captain of the Dutchman. Jack turned to give his orders to the crew, while Barbossa took the helm of the Black Pearl for their next move. Both the Pearl and the Dutchman launched a synchronized assault on the Endeavour, which was destroyed under the combined firepower.[5]

Second mutiny

"Love, that is a dinghy. My vessel is magnificent, and fierce, and huge-ish, and…gone. Why is it gone?"
―Jack Sparrow to Scarlett and Giselle[src]
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The Black Pearl under Barbossa's command again.

With the war over, Elizabeth disembarked and Jack sailed the Black Pearl to Tortuga, promising Scarlett and Giselle a ride in his ship. However, upon returning to the docks, Jack found the Pearl gone—stolen yet again by Barbossa, under circumstances that could only be described as mutiny[21], along with every crew member except for Joshamee Gibbs. As the Black Pearl sailed through the seas, Pintel, Ragetti and several other crewmen confronted Barbossa on the decision to leaving Jack behind and requested to see the item of intrigue, which Barbossa said was in Sao Feng's navigational charts. But it was Jack who gained the upper hand when Barbossa realized he had cut the map out of the charts for himself. Though Barbossa had the Pearl in his possession, Jack sailed in a small vessel to find the Fountain of Youth.[5]


Ship in a Bottle

Blackbeard's attack

"You weren't there that night."
"When the
Pearl was lost?"
"Taken, not lost.
"
Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

One night, while sailing through the coast of Hispaniola, the Black Pearl was suddenly attacked by the Queen Anne's Revenge, a ship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. The Pearl was peppered by cannonfire from the Revenge. The sea beneath the Pearl began to roil while the Pearl itself was pitching and yawing to where the ship itself couldn't be maneuvered. Witnessing all of this tempted Barbossa to give the order to abandon ship. But it was too late, as Blackbeard used his sword to turn the Black Pearl against the crew. Every plank, rail and spar aboard the Pearl began to creak a hellish noise as the rigging came to life. Barbossa's crew were tangled by the ropes, unable to fight as they were wrapped around like snakes. One of the ropes would wrap around Barbossa's right leg. Not wanting his fate changed, Barbossa used his sword to cut off his own leg. Barbossa was able to escape the rest of the attack, but with the knowledge of having lost the Black Pearl, and his right leg, to Blackbeard.[4]

A Prize

"The Black Pearl in a bottle? Why is the Black Pearl in a bottle?"
Jack Sparrow[src]
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The Black Pearl in a bottle in Blackbeard's cabinet.

From this point, Barbossa would have no knowledge of the Black Pearl's fate, only believing that it was sunk. In reality, Blackbeard had the Pearl enclosed in a glass bottle, where it would sail on a shrunken, churning ocean. Cotton's Parrot and Jack the Monkey could be seen inside of the bottle. The Pearl in a bottle would be placed in a special cabinet, filled with Blackbeard's collection ships in bottles, found in the captain's cabin aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Only Blackbeard's beloved daughter Angelica knew of this cabinet and its contents. A while after he was shanghaied aboard Blackbeard's infamous vessel, Jack Sparrow was shown the cabinet by Angelica as an offer in return in helping her find the Fountain of Youth. This was where Jack found out the current state of the Pearl, only days after learning from Barbossa that the Pearl was "lost" and sunk in battle.[4]

Recovery

"So the Pearl. Any idea how to get her out?"
"We shall need a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, one of us must learn to play the trumpet, whilst the other one goes like this." [waves his fingers]
"I know a man with a goat."
"Good, I can go like this.
"
Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]
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The Black Pearl's bottle held by Jack Sparrow.

Throughout the quest for the Fountain of Youth, the Black Pearl remained with the other ships in bottles aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, which soon made anchor on the cove of a mysterious island. By the end of the quest, Jack Sparrow's loyal comrade Joshamee Gibbs found the Revenge with the help of Jack's compass, given to him by Jack himself, and climbed aboard to retrieve the Pearl for Jack. Once he found the shrunken Pearl in a bottle, Gibbs also summarily stole all of Blackbeard's collection of shrunken ships in bottles and put them in a sack, claiming that it was a shame to leave an entire fleet behind. Gibbs later met with Jack on the island, who took a look at his beloved Pearl, and discussed if he had any idea of how to get the Pearl out of the bottle. Holding the bottle, Jack would keep the Pearl in his possession.[4] It is unknown if the Pearl was ever restored back to its full size.


Design and appearance

"Granted it tends to list to port, and has been, on occasion, known to frighten young women. But I promise you, you will not be disappointed."
Jack Sparrow to Scarlett and Giselle[src]

The Black Pearl was a three-masted hybrid of a galleon and East Indiaman. As the Wicked Wench, she had a golden yellow hull and flew sails of pure white which, carried the colors of the East India Trading Company. As a pirate vessel, the Black Pearl's most obvious and infamous features were her tattered black sails and soot colored hull.[2] Aside from the obvious psychological implications of a black ship in a superstitious world, her coloring enabled the crew to effectively hide in the dark of night by dousing the lamps scattered around the deck.[8] This ability was used by Captain Barbossa to infiltrate the harbor of Port Royal,[2] and later by Captain Sparrow when he sent Will Turner to investigate a wrecked ship in search of the key to the Dead Man's Chest.[8]

Pearl up is down

The Black Pearl underwater.

"Nobody can catch the Black Pearl, love. It's the fastest ship in the world!"
Jack Sparrow to Carolina[src]

Aside from her striking visual features, the Pearl was believed to be extremely fast, at least by those who knew of her existence. In fact, when she sailed with the wind, she was the fastest ship in the Caribbean, indicating that her speed may be derived from the large amount of canvas she carried.[8] Under Barbossa and his cursed crew, galley-style oars, or "sweeps", were a primary method of boosting the Pearl's speed when going against the wind or pursuing very fast prey.[2]

The rigging of the Black Pearl had three masts: the fore, the mizzen, and the main. The fore and main masts were rigged with a topsail, a course, and a topgallant while the mizzen only had a topsail and a topmast stay-sail. At the stern were the fore stay-sail and flying jib, anchored with the bowsprit, both used for steering.[13] The capstan, used to raise and lower the main sail was found on the main deck, at the mizzen mast, which is very unusually as it was normally located at the foremast. The jolly boats, used for going ashore, were found here too. The gun deck, home to some of the ship's cannons, was also part of the main deck.[13]

Captain's cabin

Jack Sparrow in the captain's quarters.

At the aft of the ship beneath the helm, was the captain's quarters. The captain's quarters were very spacious compared to the crew's quarters. The captain used their quarters to dine, hold private conversations,[2] and navigate[8]. It could also have been used as a surgery area[13] or even gundeck, if needed.[22] Above the captain's quarters was the upper deck. The wheel was found here as was the belfry. The belfry contains a bell that was rung on the hour.[13]

The crew's quarters were near the middle of the ship. This area was filled with hammocks that the crew slept in. The crew's quarters also had a few of the ship's cannons.[13] The lowest part of the ship was used as storage. Among the supplies kept there were ammunition, food, and, most importantly in the eyes of the crew, rum. Dead weight was also sometimes used here in order to keep the ship balanced, During Jack Sparrow's second captaincy a small flock of (presumably stolen) sheep were also kept in the storage area.[13] The Black Pearl also had a brig comprised of two cells. The brig was most likely near the storage area because leaking water seemed to have been a problem here, at least during Captain Barbossa's first captaincy.[2]

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Jack on the deck with all of it's guns.

The Black Pearl was armed with 32 twelve-pound cannons: fourteen on the upper deck and eighteen on the lower gun deck. She had no cannons on the bow or stern, leaving her at a disadvantage during a pursuit. While the Black Pearl did have some amount of supernatural associated with it, the ship still could be damaged or sunk, and a 100-gun ship like the Dauntless would turn it into kindling.[16] Nevertheless, her firepower is strong enough to damage a ship gravely[2] or even sink it,[5] and her high speed negates this handicap partially. The Black Pearl was the only known ship that could outrun the Flying Dutchman, as long as it sailed with the wind rather than against, which the Dutchman was the fastest.[8] As the Wicked Wench, she was armed with 14 twelve-pounders, 2 nine-pounders, and 3 swivel guns.[9]

Behind the scenes

BlackPearlPlans

Plans for the second Black Pearl.

Appearances

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Non-canon appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Price of Freedom
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. The Price of Freedom, Chapter 4, "Cutler Beckett"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  6. 6.0 6.1 Legends of the Brethren Court: Rising in the East
  7. Six Sea Shanties: Strangers Bearing Gifts
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Price of Freedom, Chapter 6, "The Wicked Wench"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wordplay: Pirates of the Caribbean first draft screenplay
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pirates of the Carribean presskit, accessed Dec 9, 2006
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 Pirate 101: "Figure Head"
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (junior novelization), p.48
  15. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (junior novelization), p.22
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Curse of the Black Pearl Audio Commentary with Screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert
  17. Various Disney Adventures comics
  18. http://www.disneysonlineworlds.com/index.php/Story_Chapter:The_Black_Pearl
  19. http://www.disneysonlineworlds.com/index.php/Story_Chapter:Set_Sail
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
  21. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide
  22. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide
  23. IGN: Pirates 2: Welcome Aboard the Black Pearl
  24. POTC2 Presskit
  25. The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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Pirate ships in Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirate ships
AdventureBlack BarnacleBlack Bart's shipBlack HarbingerBlack PearlBlack Pearl (frigate)CenturionChing's flagshipCobraCursed crew's pirate shipCutlassDeath OmenDolphinDragonEmpressFancyFortuneFuchuanGhost Captain's shipGhostly SeadogGretchenGrim ReaperHai PengHanyu PinyinHarkawayHMS InterceptorJack Sparrow's sloopKing George's AmnestyKin Tai FongKirbacKoldunyaLa Fleur de la MortLa Vipère Misty LadyMonkeebuttMourning StarNemesisNeptuneNingpoOtterParadoxPearlPhantomPirate galleonPrincessQueen Anne's RevengeRangerRetributionRevenantRevengeRoyal FortuneSatisfactionSea NymphSerefSongSparrowStorm ReaperSwiftTimothyTroubadourVenganzaVictoryWicked Wench
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East India Trading Company ships in Pirates of the Caribbean
East India Trading Company ships

BarracudaBehemothBloodhoundHMS CometConquerorCorsairCorvetteHMS DiamondHMS EndeavourFair WindFlying DutchmanIntrepidIronwallJuggernautLarkspurLeviathanMarauderMarlinOgreHMS PeacockHMS RavenSea ViperSentinel (brig)Sentinel (galleon)HMS SuccessTyrantWarlordWicked Wench

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vdeCursed Crew
Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
Hector BarbossaBo'sunClubbaDog EarGrappleHawksmoorJacoby
KatrachoKetchumKoehlerMallotMaximoMonkNipperkinPintelRagetti
ScarusScratchScurvy JoeSimbakkaTwiggBootstrap Bill TurnerWeatherby
Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
Bo'sunClubbaDog EarGrappleHawksmoorJack the MonkeyJacoby
KatrachoKetchumKoehlerMallotMaximoMonkNipperkinPintelRagetti
ScarusScratchScurvy JoeSimbakkaTwiggWeatherby
Motley Crew
Captain: Jack Sparrow
HMS Interceptor
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsKursar
LadbrocLejonMartyMatelotMoisesQuartettoTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Joshamee Gibbs
HMS Interceptor/Black Pearl
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanKursarLadbroc
LejonMartyMoisesQuartettoElizabeth SwannTearlachWill Turner


Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotCrippled manDuncanJoshamee GibbsGunnerHo-KwanIrish man
Jack the MonkeyKursarLadbrocLeechLejonMartyMoisesJames NorringtonNill OfrillPintel
QuartettoRagettiJohn SmithSkinny manElizabeth SwannSweepyTearlachWill TurnerVery old man


Captain: Hector Barbossa
Hai Peng
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner


Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner


Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPintelRagetti
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