Templar - Pirates
Templar - Peiran
Peiran - Templar
Starting around 1095AD and for almost 200 years the Crusades to capture and hold the 'Holy land' brought about the rise of the Templars and with them a whole lot of new trade.
Both the Templars and the Crusades concern Religion, Battles, the Holy Grail, Heros and legend. Rarely mentioned are the logistics. Whilst in the early Crusades most Knights and Armies marched across Europe it soon became clear it was faster by ship and so was born what is until now considered the largest fleet ever concieved, that of the Templar Fleet.

Logistics; Just one single Knight has three horses and diverse suits of armour, he has some 8 assistants, his dozen or so guards too have horses and assistants, all needed to eat, food was livestock mostly chickens and pigs. Once transported to the Holy land they needed supplies. In all, each Crusade needed no less than 2400 ships plying back and forth from European ports. so where did the Crusaders get all of these ships?

The Templar fleet was distinguishable by a big red cross on the whitened sails, however although there was generally a Templar onboard the ships were 'Chartered'. The only ships available for charter at that time were mostly Privateers, Pirate and Peiran. The charter agreements with the Tempalrs was a valuable business. So what we have is a Templar fleet 90% of which was on charter. That means that the Captain, (often the shipowner), and his crew simply allowed the ship to be used for Templar operations.   So what we have is a joint venture between two diverse Brotherhoods, Templars and Peiran Pirates. This joint venture was ongoing for almost 200 years or 5 generations.

The diverse Brotherhoods became less diverse until molding into a sub Brotherhood of 'Templar Pirates' or 'Pirate Templars'. It was this Sub-Brotherhood that projected the Templars into Trade, the immediate effect was the introduction into Europe of such things as; The Compass, Cotton, Chess, Ginger and Spices, Algebra and our present system of numeration amongst an array of other important world changing imports. Trade had replaced 'religion' and become the prime mover of the Templar Fleet.

Then on that fatefull Friday the 13th of October 1307 when King Philip le Bel and Pope Clement, (Gay kissing cousins) outlawed the Templars and broke into the Templars Paris Repository, (finding everything and everyone gone), a double mystery was born; Where did the fleet go? and secondly what happened to the Templar relics from the repository?
The night before the attack on the repository, the Paris Templars, having heard from spies what was about to happen, evacuated and loaded everything onto 18 Galleys on the river Seine, to avoid being seen the sails were blackened with tar and carbon, (this well documented fact will become significant later in this story), The 18 Galleys were loaded with Templars and their families and faithfull refugees and 220 tons of Relics, (often refferred to as the Templar Treasure). The words 'Relics or 'treasure' invoke in the imagination visions of gold and silver, jewels and mysterious objects and although a lot of such 'treasure' was involved, for the most part what was loaded were cases of books.

At the same time as the evacuation of Paris other evacuations were taking place in many European ports and Templar ships were put to sea full of Templars and refugees, riches and books. As word spread in the following days and weeks other Templar ships farther away, ( Scotland, Scandinavia, North Africa Turkey and the middle east), all had a single destination, La Rochelle. At La Rochelle the Templars held a fort, (see foto left), Until the arrival of King Philip's army the fort worked as supplier and HQ for the Templars, which after a few days was also evacuated and HQ was transferred to the now assembling fleet just off the coast. Everyday the fleet got bigger as more ships arrived, the fleet got themselves organized and a plan of action was worked out.

During the days of assembling the fleet following the 'lead' of the first 18 Galleys, the red cross on white sails was blackened out, (
this was also an act of rebelion against the Vatican.), sails were blackened and the Templar symbol of a skull and crossed bones was left un-blackened and used as an identifying sign and flag. What we recognise today as the 'Jolly Roger' or Pirate flag was born and raised as a flag for the first time. Although it was several days if not weeks after that Friday the 13th October 1307 the flag was used as a symbol of that date and became the first true symbol of the Templar-Pirates sub Brotherhood who until that date had sailed under the sign of the Templar red cross. The Templar Pirate sub Brotherhood, the only functioning part of the Templars and holding all Templar 'Relics' and records, was upgraded to a new level calling itself, ' The Order of the Thirteenth'.

By the time King Philip arrived on the scene with his army the Templar fleet was so big that the King could only watch from the shore and do nothing. The fleet then initiated their plan and divided into two, the smaller craft and Galleys with the older Templars their families and refugees sailed south to Portugal and gained Sanctuary from King Dinis and integrated into the 'Order of Christ'.
The larger half of the fleet, (some of these ships were chartered and therefore actually Peiran ships), sailed north to what is now Northern Ireland. (
At that time N.Ireland was the second Alexandria and a centre of knowledge, learning, writing and copying books.). The books from Paris were copied in the monasteries and together with the 'Relics ' or 'treasure' were divided into 18 parts, each part was loaded aboard one of 18 chosen ships armed as 'Men of War'.   The rest of the fleet transferred to Scotland where they assisted Robert Bruce King of Scotland in exchange for lands and sanctuary. There they later mutated into the Masons.
The 18 Men o' War were led, Captained and crewed by the best Mariners in the World and set sail for what is now called Newfoundland, (they would have normally gone via their Greenland settlement but it was winter), then they sailed south to Nouva Scozia to assemble at Mahone Bay which was the Templar-Pieran most distant settlement and where the majority of persons and ships present were Peiran.
During the following months and years significant things happened, above all the divisions in the Templar-Peiran sub Brotherhood whereby Templars returned to pure Templar and Peiran were pure Peiran.
During this 'division' three ships went missing and have forever been 'lost', they were Peiran ships and they carried three parts of the 'Temple treasure'.
The Templars buried and hid the remaining 15 parts of the 'treasure' in 15 different places to be recovered later. (
Fifteen Men on a Dead mans chest, yo ho ho...) Fourteen of these fifteen parts of the 'treasure' were indeed recovered but not all were recovered by the Templars, (the then new Masons), some returning maps showing the whereabouts of the hiding places fell into the hands of non-Templars and were later recovered by the Vatican, the Illuminati, the Rosicruscians,(now the Rotarians) and very much later by the Mormons.

Of the three missing parts taken away by the Peiran Pirates, one part was recuperated, (
as is amply documented in Stevensons Masonic book, 'Treasure Island' ) One part of the missing treasure remains until now still hidden in South America and the last part remains hidden on an Asian Pacific island.

(Footnote;
Stevensons 'Dead man's Chest' refers to King Solomon and his Chest was a 'magic' box, some say it was the Ark of the Covenant which was re-discovered under Solomons stables in Jerusalem and taken away by the Templars giving rise to Templar power.)
Crusades
Pope Clement III
Templar Galley
La Rochelle  Templar Harbour Fort
Diverse Templar sail markings
Templar Man'o war
Replica of the Ark.
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