How not to… hunt as a lone wolf

All About History - - THE BARBARY COAST -

It was only when they were sum­moned to join an Ot­toman fleet for a spe­cific cam­paign that larger num­bers of Barbary ves­sels worked to­gether – they pre­ferred to work alone or in small squadrons. This was mostly a case of lo­gis­tics as larger crews needed more food and wa­ter.

Oared ships also had to put in some­where safe at night. The Mediter­ranean coast of­fered nu­mer­ous bays where streams or springs could be found but most in­lets couldn’t con­ceal a large group and it took a dan­ger­ously long time to fill all the bar­rels from a sin­gle wa­ter source.

The same was true of pro­vi­sions – while the crew of a sin­gle galiot could put in some­where and kill a few goats, this was not an op­tion for a larger force. This limited how far the pi­rates could range and there­fore their op­por­tu­ni­ties to plun­der.

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