Sea Shanty Town

Nautical Treasury

The tattered flag of Pucebeard

The tattered flag of Pucebeard © Graeme Walker / The Pebble Museum 2019

Pucebeard, who led the infamous Mutiny of The SandBar, was known for several things, including his fetching deep-red beard. In this hand-tinted engraving, we can see the moment when Pucebeard defiantly waves the lifeboat's onboard white flag, the flag of surrender. However, unbeknownst to his fellow dissidents, many of whom were later given jobs in early call-centres, Pucebeard had secretly stained the flag with cochineal beetle, the symbol of blood. Naturally, this bold statement and refutation of rank and order, did not save Pucebeard from a life of teaching art classes to prisoners.