Monday, May 12, 2014

Pirate Fact Twenty Three

Captain Oruç Reis was one of the first known pirates to wear a hook after he lost his arm. He was a Turkish pirate in the 1500's who operated in the Mediterranean Sea on behalf of the Ottoman Empire. In 1512 he lost his left arm in a battle against Spaniards and a doctor in Egypt later fashioned him a silver prosthetic device with a hook for him to use. That earned him the nickname Gümüş Kol which is silver arm in Turkish. Over the years he was also known as Baba Oruç, Baba Aruj, Red Beard and Barbarossa.

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