While a lot of Folks think that The Pirates were just a bunch of loveable Rogues.
Who go forth and stick it to the Man. I do not think so.
Now as you can see this not the truth all the whole truth. Now as to the weapons of this critters.
Now being a naval force to be reckoned with. Space is usually at a premium on board a sailing ship.
What with all the ropes and other tackle laying about. That also made for the need for close quarter type weapons like below.
So as one can see now. There was a Reason why the Powers That Be did this as much as they could.
Here is some more information about these Sea going Brigands!