A flute, also known as fluyt and fleut, was a type of Dutch sailing vessel originally designed as a dedicated cargo vessel. Originating from the Netherlands in the 16th century, the vessel was designed to facilitate transoceanic delivery with the maximum of space and crew efficiency. The inexpensive ship — which could be built in large numbers — usually carried 12 to 15 cannons, but was still an easy target for pirates. Nonetheless, the flute was a significant factor in the 17th century rise of the Dutch seaborne empire.
By the early 1730s, flutes were common ships in the Caribbean waters. When the rogue pirate Christophe-Julien de Rapièr escaped from Shipwreck Island, he and his crew attacked and captured a Dutch flute. When the pirates looted her, they slaughtered the crew and left the ship to sink. Five years later, the Pirate Lord Esmeralda captured a flute loaded with tea and spices in the waters of the Bahamas.
Behind the scenes
- The look of the Flying Dutchman was partially inspired by old Dutch "fluyts"—17th-century vessels which resembled galleons—and more specifically, the Vasa, a massive Swedish warship which sank in Stockholm's harbor upon its maiden voyage in 1628 (the ship was salvaged in 1961 and housed in a special museum in the Swedish capital). With its high, heavily ornamented stern, the ship provided a rich foundation for Rick Heinrichs' wilder and more fantastical designs.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (game) (First appearance)
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Isles of War