Christopher Moody

Captain Christopher Moody, “No Quarter Given Flag”, 1713 – 1718
Captain Christopher Moody, “No Quarter Given Flag”, 1713 – 1718

Instead of the traditional white designs on a black background that most pirates favored, Moody chose designs picked out in gold on a red background. The use of a red background is particularly ominous. Among pirates, privateers and naval captains, flying a red flag often meant that no quarter would be given.

Add this to the designs on Moody’s flag — an hourglass with wings, representing time flying away; an arm holding a dagger; and a gold skull with crossed bones — and you get a flag that is particularly chilling to see coming closer to you on the horizon.


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Published in 29/05/2020

Updated in 19/02/2021

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