Plunder

This table is representitive of the goods that one can find in the hold of a typical merchant or treasure ship. It is by no means a complete list and the values are Wholesale prices, about half of retail value. A pirate selling these items as plunder can expect to get between thirty and forty percent of Wholesale value.
Anything off the regular price lists can be found as plunder on a merchant ship.

 

 

Sample Cargoes/Treasures

£

s

d

US Dollars

Notes

Leather shoes (from Florence)

100

$10,000.00

For a crate of around 200 shoes.
Furniture (from Paris)

600

$60,000.00

For a crate of around 30 pieces of furniture.
Fans (from China)

400

$40,000.00

For a crate of 800 fans.
Rugs (from Turkey)

500

$50,000.00

For a crate of 50 assorted sized rugs.
Books (from Europe)

300

$30,000.00

For a crate of 200 books.
Pewterware (from London)

6

$600.00

For a crate of 200 pieces.
Glassware (from Amsterdam)

16

$1,600.00

For a crate of 200 pieces.
Jewellery (from Venice)

600

$60,000.00

For a crate of approximately 50 pieces
Jewellery (from Spain)

500

$50,000.00

For a crate of approximately 100 pieces
Bar of Gold

255

$25,500.00

For a single 5lb bar.
Gold Dust

51

$5,100.00

For 1lb sack or tube
Bar of silver

15

$1,500.00

For a single 5lb bar.
Silverware

100

$10,000.00

A crate of approximately 200 pieces.
Semi-Precious gemstones

45

$4,500.00

loose and uncut approximately 75 gemstones,, weighing 1lb
Semi-Precious gemstones

100

$10,000.00

loose and cut approximately 100 gemstones,, weighing 1lb
Precious gemstones

600

$60,000.00

loose and uncut approximately 150 gemstones to a pound
Precious gemstones

3000

$300,000.00

loose and cut approximately 250 gemstones to a pound
Pearls

230

$23,000.00

For approximately 2,300 pearls (weighing about 1lb)
Ivory

200

$20,000.00

For a crate of about 10 tusks = 1,000lbs

Sandle wood (from China)

10

$1,000.00

For about 100lbs weight.
Silk

800

Per bolt.
Cask of Pepper

50

$5,000.00

500 oz
Cask of Cloves

40

$4,000.00

Cask of Rosemary

10

$1,000.00

Cask of Ginseng

16

$1,600.00

Cask of Medicinal herbs                  8

$800.00

Cask of Tea 50lbs

45

$4,500.00

Cask of Coffee 50lbs

20

$2,000.00

Cask of Chocolate 50lbs

12

$1,200.00

Butt of Molasses 162gal

8

$800.00

Butt of Vinegar

10

$50.00

Butt of Olive Oil                  3

$300.00

Cask of good rum

16

$1,600.00

Cask of cheap rum

8

$800.00

Butt of (European) Wine

32

$3,250.00

Butt of fine European wine

110

$11,000.00

Crate of Champagne, 12 bottles                  6

$600.00

Butt of local fruit wine

6

9

7

$648.00

Butt of Beer

13

$65.00

Butt of Lard 1600lbs
               12                19                  3                                        $1,296.00
Cask of Flour 50lbs

10

$50.00

Cask of Sugar 50lbs

5

$25.00

Cask of Dried Beans/peas 50lbs

2

5

$12.00

Cask of Salt 50lbs

5

$25.00

Wheel of Cheese 100lb

2

$200.00

Soap, 64lbs

13

$65.00

Candles, wax 100lbs

17

$85.00

300 large candles
Hogshead of Tobacco 1000lbs

10

$1,000.00

$1 per pound
Wheat/Grain 50lbs

18

$90.00

Lead Bars 25lbs

5

$25.00

Iron Bars 25lbs

5

$25.00

Cask of pickled pork 100lbs

12

5

$62.00

Cask of salted fish 100lbs

10

$50.00

Bacon 75lbs

12

5

$62.00

 English Wine Cask Units

English Wine Cask Units

 

measure tuns butts puncheons hogsheads tierces barrels gallons

tun

1

2

3

4

6

8

210

butt

12

1

1 12

2

3

4

105

puncheon

13

23

1

1 13

2

2 23

70

hogshead

14

12

34

1

1 12

2

52 12

tierces

16

13

12

23

1

1 13

35

barrels

18

14

38

12

34

1

26 14

rundlet

114

17

314

27

37

47

15

Note:  Gallon values are approximate.  Casks are not factory produced.  Each cooper builds to a design that may be slightly different from the cooper in the next village and his final product may reflect materials at hand.