It's been a couple of weeks since I have posted a piracy report, things are still a bit slow off the coast of Somalia. The weather doesn't clearing quite as expected, but that should change in the next couple of weeks. As soon as pirate activity pics up again, or we get the new front page up and working, I will go back to doing this report on a regular weekly basis. I try to keep my pirate news thread as up to date as possible, you can find that thread HERE. On to the ICC's report!
For those of you that haven't noticed, over in the CoAS moding forum, Jonathan Aldridge has a fantastic little set of mods for CoAS! They really add a lot of playability to the stock game! If your playing just the stock game, I highly recommend this little set of mods! You can read all about them HERE!
Barry Clifford, the man that found the pirate shipwreck Whydah, has laid claim to another wreck! This one is the China trader Semiramis, a 3 masted 14 gun sailing ship that sank between Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in 1804. If you have never read about the Whydah, I highly recommend heading over to the Expedition Whydah web page, it really is some fascinating stuff!
Another new pirate themed comic book is coming out in October, there have been several over the past couple of years, but this one looks to be a bit different. I don't know how historically accurate this is going to be, but it is the biographical story of the legendary 18th Century pirate captain. Blackbeard was not the most successful pirate, or the best, but surely he was the most intimidating! Here is an excerpt from an article on CBR about the new comic :
Things are in the process of changing a bit here at PA, so if ya notice any weirdness, I blame it on that ...and not cause I have had to much grog! This week has seen some interesting developments piratically speaking! Two Egyptian fishing boat crews managed to overpower the Somali pirates that had been holding them hostage and escaped. From all the information I have been able to gather, the fisherman killed at least two pirates during their escape, and another 7 seven shortly thereafter. The fisherman also now hold at least some of the Somali pirates captive on their two fishing boats, which are currently on there way back to Egypt. The Egyptian fisherman had been held since April.
In other news, and this one is a bit strange, the Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Arctic Sea was on her way to deliver a cargo of lumber to Algeria when she was apparently boarded by pirates in the Baltic Sea. The ship apparently passed through the English Channel and made last made routine radio...
File Name: East India Company Patch 3 File Submitter: Keith File Submitted: 15 Aug 2009 File Category: East India Company
FOR STEAM AND IMPULSE USERS:
DO NOT INSTALL this patch. You will get your version straight from Steam and Impulse!
Here's the patch notes:
Version 1.06 (August 12th 2009)
- The winners of the Commander competition have been added to commander faces
- Ship starting spots have been changed in battles. Ships now start further apart.
- Check for update now informs if a patch is not available
- Ship movement has been improved
- Ships now always surrender with zero morale
- Ship masts will fall only when mast hitpoints go under 10 %
- Crew morale will go down when masts fall
- Ships with masts down won't try to flee anymore
- Cannons will get destroyed more easily