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Pintel and Ragetti were once press-ganged into the Royal Navy.

"Darling, I am truly unhappy to have to tell you this, but...through an unfortunate and entirely unforeseeable series of circumstances that have nothing whatsoever to do with me, poor Will has been press-ganged into Davy Jones' crew."
Jack Sparrow to Elizabeth Swann[src]

Press-gang, sometimes known as impressment, was the act of conscripting people to serve in the navy or aboard pirate ships. It was commonly used by the British Royal Navy as of the early 17th century. The related term referring specifically to the merchant navy practices of shanghaiing; using trickery to coerce sailors into joining a crew.

History

"Before I was ’pressed by our estimable Royal Navy to be a powder monkey, I used to ride the horses on my father’s farm."
Robert Greene to Jack Sparrow[src]

Robert Greene was pressed into service by the British Royal Navy, but he escaped the ship and signed aboard the merchant ship.[1] Pintel and Ragetti were also pressed into service, but they jumped ship a year later.[2] During the search for the Dead Man's Chest, Jack Sparrow claimed that Will Turner was press-ganged into Davy Jones' crew of the Flying Dutchman, though in reality Jack tricked Will into serving aboard the Dutchman.[3] Several years later, a number of sailors in the Captain's Daughter tavern would be press-ganged as crewmembers aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge.[4]

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