Long John Silver Trust

Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-

The influence of Treasure Island on popular perception of pirates is vast, including, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen with parrots on their shoulders. Parrots have been kept as caged pets since ancient times. The African grey parrot is the great talker. It is fairly easy to teach it how to talk, especially the male, which is an expert at mimicking human speech; the average African grey has a vocabulary of over 200 words.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, one African grey parrot, named Prudle, had a vocabulary of over 800 words and was capable of having a polite conversation. Parrots do not have vocal cords like humans, but can control the movement of the muscles in their throat to direct the airflow in such a way as to reproduce certain tones and sounds. There is no reason to believe that they understand the meaning of the words they say.

Fact of the Day:-

Captain Matthew Flinders R.N. (16th March 1774 – 19th July 1814) was one of the most successful navigators and cartographers of his age. In a career that spanned just over twenty years, he sailed with Captain William Bligh, circumnavigated Australia and encouraged the use of that name for the continent. He survived shipwreck and disaster only to be imprisoned for violating the terms of his scientific passport by changing ships and carrying prohibited papers.

Fact of the Day:-

Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C and was at one time common among sailors, pirates and others aboard ships at sea longer than perishable fruits and vegetables could be stored, and by soldiers similarly separated from these foods for extended periods.

On This Date In History
24th June in 1497:- John Cabot, aboard 'The Matthew' reached land in North America (Newfoundland).
24th June in 1497:- The first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place; explorer John Cabot spotted land in Canada somewhere between Halifax and southern Labrador.
24th June in 1509:- Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
24th June in 1314:- Was the second day of the battle of Bannockburn between Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. The Bruce won.