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Hello my friends!

Today I show you a picture of a very interesting statue: Claas Stortebeker!

Nikolaus Storzenbecher, or Klaus St顤tebeker (c. 1360 20 October 1401{1400}), was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers (German: Vitalienbrder). The Victual Brothers were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions (Latin "victualia"). After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves "Likedeelers" (literally: equal sharers).
A large number of myths and legends surround the few facts known about Klaus St顤tebeker's life. St顤tebeker is only a nickname, meaning "empty the mug with one gulp" in Old German. The moniker refers to the pirate's supposed ability to empty a four-litre mug of beer in one gulp. At this time, pirates and other fugitives from the law often adopted a colorful nom de guerre.
According to legend, in 1401, a Hamburgian fleet led by Simon of Utrecht caught up with St顤tebeker's force near Helgoland. According to some stories, St顤tebeker's ship had been disabled by a traitor who cast molten lead into the links of the chain which controlled the ship's rudder. St顤tebeker and his crew were ultimately overcome and brought to Hamburg, where they were tried for piracy. Legend says that St顤tebeker offered a chain of gold long enough to enclose the whole of Hamburg in exchange for his life and freedom. However, St顤tebeker and all of his 73 companions were sentenced to death and were beheaded. The most famous legend of St顤tebeker relates to the execution itself. St顤tebeker is said to have asked the mayor of Hamburg to release as many of his companions as he could walk past after being beheaded. Following the granting of this request and the subsequent beheading, St顤tebeker's body arose and walked past eleven of his men before the executioner tripped him with an out-stretched foot. Nevertheless, the eleven men were executed along with the others. The senate of Hamburg asked the executioner if he was not tired after all this, but he replied he could easily execute the whole of the senate as well. For this, he himself was sentenced to death and executed by the youngest member of the senate.

When dismantling St顤tebeker's ship, it was found the masts contained a core of gold (one of gold, one of silver, and one of copper). According to legend (but not to history), this was used to create the tip of St. Catherine's church in Hamburg. His famous drinking cup was stored in the town hall of Hamburg, until it was destroyed in the great fire of 1842.

This sculpture is in Hafencity in Hamburg, the presumed place of execution of this legendary pirate.
(from Wikipedia)

Since Hamburg have much connection to the sea, I found it interesting to show this picture that reminds other times ...

Regards,
Abel

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