Monday, May 26, 2008

The Articles


The crew is democratic, with all members being equal. Important decisions are made by way of a vote, with the Captain making the final choice if there is no clear majority. The Black Bunny has no political or social goals and is crown neutral; its only concern is for itself and its members. Members are expected to look out for items of interest to the crew and to aid its members whenever possible.

I. Every crew member has a vote in affairs of moment.

II. The fund of all payments under the articles is the stock of what is gotten by the expedition, following the same law as other pirates, that is, No prey, no pay.

III. Every crew member has equal title to provisions and strong liquors, at any time seized, and may use them at pleasure.

IV. To keep their piece, pistols, and cutlass clean and fit for service.

V. If any time we shall meet another Crew, that person who signs their Articles without the Consent of our Company, shall suffer such Punishment as the Captain and Company shall think fit.

VI. They that shall be found Guilty of Cowardice in the time of engagement, shall suffer what Punishment the Captain and the Company shall think fit.

VII. They that shall be found Guilty of Defrauding, Stealing or keeping any secret from the Company shall suffer what Punishment the Captain and the Majority of the Company shall think fit.

VIII. No Crew shall strike another whilst these Articles are in force, but every man's quarrels to be ended on shore, at sword and pistol. He is declared the victor who draws the first blood.

IX. The first Crew who enters on boarding a Prize in an engagement and strikes the Colours, shall receive half a share for their Bravery.

X. Good Quarters to be given only when commanded.

This act formally inducts the signer into the pirate crew of The Black Bunny and pledges loyalty and allegiance to the Black Bunny, the pirates that serve as her crew and Black Bunny Oath,

“One crew, pillaging and plundering, with rum and booty for all!”

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