while I do wish we could have seen more of jack captaining the pearl I think there's something very special abt barbossa being the one at the helm for the maelstrom battle, since it then becomes a pitting of two legendary cursed pirate captains on their legendary cursed ships against each other. like yes jack is a legend in his own right but barbossa and jones to me have more common ground in terms of what kind of legends they are. like jack's stories are more normal and worldly whereas barbossa and jones have highly supernatural connections. also the two lines that establish that both ships have favorable winds are rlly good not only because it's a cute reference to the og dutchman myth in which it sails against the wind, but also because it further establishes that while the overall war is between the pirates and the navy, this one battle is a very even fight between pirates
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