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Smart Pirates Had An Eye For A Battle

April 1, 2017 Weird & Wacky No Comments Email Email

WE’VE bad news for the kids next time you’re reading them a pirate story: few pirates ever roamed the high seas wearing an eye patch as the result of a skirmish that had cost them half their sight.

For while most did in fact have an eye patch, they actually carried it in a pocket, and put it on only when going into battle… bizarrely so they could see both above and below deck while fighting or plundering.

Because pirates had twigged that while their eyes adapted pretty quickly when going from the darkness of the inside of a ship to the bright light of outside, it took much longer to adapt from bright outside light to the dimmer inside – particularly when wielding a cutlass in battle.

So outdoors they wore a patch over one eye, allowing them to fight with the use of the other eye… and if they had to pursue their prey below deck to the indoor’s darkness, they could swing that eye patch off the eye it covered to the “outside” eye they’d been using, thus allowing them to immediately see in the dim light with the eye that had been covered and kept in darkness until then.

If they didn’t it could prove fatal waiting for the time it would take their eyes to adapt from the brightness of outdoors, to the darkness of indoors.

And all along you thought they had only been given an eye patch by Hollywood…

David Ellis

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