The Pirate Flag

Picture image of the Pirate Flag


The “Jolly Roger” or the flag associated best with pirates is known as the skull and cross bones flag. The flag was used by most pirates in the 17th and 18th century.  The flag was used on pirate ships to intimidate the victims to surrender without a fight.  The skull cross and bones flag was used by four well known pirates, Captains Edward England, John Taylor, Sam Bellamy and John Martel.  The skull and cross bones flag today is used in pop culture as well as military units who use the design as a unit emblem.  It is also used to signify any electrical hazard and poisonous items.