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Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

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Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

Post by KudzuLeague » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:31 am

In theory, I would think that a commodore should have an advantage over a pirate.

A commodore would be in command of more than one, and probably several ships. I would think that would make a pirate pretty leery, but in extreme cases, a pirate captain might also have many ships. Are there historical precedents?

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Re: Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

Post by KudzuLeague » Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:46 am

On May 20, 1815, Commodore Decatur received instructions from President James Madison to take command of the frigate USS Guerriere and lead a squadron of ten ships to the Mediterranean Sea to conduct the Second Barbary War, which would put an end to the international practice of paying tribute to the Barbary pirate states. His squadron arrived at Gibraltar on June 14. On June 17, while sailing in Guerriere for Algiers, Decatur's fleet encountered near Cape Palos the frigate Mashouda, commanded by Hamidou and the Algerian brig Estedio, which were also en route to Algeria. After overtaking the Mashouda, Decatur fired two broadsides, crippling the ship, killing 30 of the crew, including Hamidou himself, and taking more than 400 prisoners.
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Re: Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

Post by commadore » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:59 am

KudzuLeague wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:46 am
On May 20, 1815, Commodore Decatur received instructions from President James Madison to take command of the frigate USS Guerriere and lead a squadron of ten ships to the Mediterranean Sea to conduct the Second Barbary War, which would put an end to the international practice of paying tribute to the Barbary pirate states. His squadron arrived at Gibraltar on June 14. On June 17, while sailing in Guerriere for Algiers, Decatur's fleet encountered near Cape Palos the frigate Mashouda, commanded by Hamidou and the Algerian brig Estedio, which were also en route to Algeria. After overtaking the Mashouda, Decatur fired two broadsides, crippling the ship, killing 30 of the crew, including Hamidou himself, and taking more than 400 prisoners.
You beat me to it.
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Re: Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

Post by VirginiaDore » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:14 pm

Unfortunately (in this instance) our particular commodore was not a military man. He’s a nice fit for another definition of “commodore”: “the senior captain of a shipping line.” In fact, as a “Robber Baron” he was considered something of a pirate himself!
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Re: Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

Post by VandyManners » Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:58 pm

Commodore Norington did have a lot of trouble with Captain Jack Sparrow...
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Re: Mascots: Commodore vs Pirate, who would win?

Post by commadore » Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:55 pm

VandyManners wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:58 pm
Commodore Norington did have a lot of trouble with Captain Jack Sparrow...
But he was a dufus. Our Commodore was a robber barren! :lol:
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