Mother of wages?

Captain Book's Good Ship Literacy“Mother of wages” you’d think would be referin’ to industrious labor or, for a pirate… findin’ treasure or bringin’ plunder or leadin’ battle or somethin’ akin.

But you’d be in error. By English maritime law, freight became the mother of wages, as the crew were obliged to moor the ship on her return in the docks or forfeit them.

So severely was the axiom maintained, that if a ship was lost by misfortune, tempest, enemy, or fire, wages also were forfeited, because the freight out of which they were to arise had perished with it.

Are you not glad that law was done away with. But come to think of pirates never paid any attention to law anyway. So have done with it.

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