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"Trade" Pirates

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Puzzle ID:#30416
Fun:*** (2.48)
Difficulty:** (1.82)
Category:Science
Submitted By:metallicman*us***
Corrected By:Winner4600

 

 

 



In 1753, Captain Barbarosa of the Pyrate Mc.Takey (his ship) was travelling to the new world, America, from England. He went there and pillaged dozens of towns before he was satisfied. When he tried to get back to England on the same route, he found it was quite impossible. How come?



Answer

There are definite wind circulations that would make this impossible. From 40 degrees north latitude to 60 degrees north, the wind generally blows east, while from the equator to 30 degrees north it blows westward. If he wanted to take the same route, it wouldn't be possible because of the wind.
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Comments

SunroseAus*
May 10, 2006

Wow- nice one, and informative as well. Good Job there
roscoep**
May 10, 2006

WOW, this was informative. Until today I thought longitudes went from pole to pole and were referred to with east and west designations. But don't worry I'm still looking for that 40 degree north longitude.
tonjawithaj*us*
May 10, 2006

good job metallicman!
bigSWAFF_69_Aus*
May 10, 2006

It wouldn't be impossible, it would just be really really slow going.
blaghau
May 10, 2006

And as a captain of a ship he would know nothing about "tacking" into the wind. If he was in the doldrums he may have a problem, but then he may not have been able to get there in the first place.

Of course another possible answer is that as a "trade" pirate he needed capital to trade with, and sold his ship in order to have the capital to "pillage" the market. Having no ship left he was unable to take the same route back as his inital route was over water, and he can't quite swim that far.

Okay, it's a stretch and not a very good answer, but no worse.
zonarita*us*
May 10, 2006

So glad to see you still putting the teasers out here, Tin.
fem81uken*
May 13, 2006

good one
spazzyjazzy93Aus*
May 13, 2006

i didnt get it but i liked the ship's name!
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May 18, 2006

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AwwwSweet*
May 19, 2006

Nice teaser, liked the info about the winds!

& LOL Blagh
(user deleted)
May 19, 2006

I don't supose the ship was capable of Tacking like all good sailing ships of the day. ie; cutting a course to 45 degrees of the wind the coming about and doing so from the other aspect.
OldChinaHand**
May 22, 2006

Good one. By the mid-18th C. the available navigation charts had pretty much mapped out the ocean's trade routes and prevailing conditions. Tacking would add a month or more to a already long crossing, even if possible.
buttsqueezer420**
May 22, 2006

Nice hint
DaleGriffinAgb*
Nov 02, 2006

cool hint
i got the teaser right after a bit of thought
cool teaser, though
natureluverca*
Dec 16, 2006

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reptile5000Aus*
Jun 01, 2007

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reptile5000Aus*
Jun 01, 2007

Couldn't he invent a motor boat then? lol
good teaser, but easy
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Jan 31, 2008

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