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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 retail 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









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