Set in a dystopian future, levels of technology similar to today's levels exist with some advances, but the knowledge of how to create and utilize much of it has been lost. Those giant mechanical birds (air planes) are much too difficult to use and coordinate so most trans-atlantic/pacific trade has taken to the high seas.
Enter Ernest, dashing pirate captain of a galleon with a very eclectic collection of technology from the 1800 to the near future (you get to decide what!). Ernest has managed to get his hands on some of the technology outlined in my other question that can capture, store and release wind (still working on how this works). In addition to a bunch of the hand held containers (about 2 per seaman), he has a couple very large ones (~15 ft diameter, can capture ~15 minutes of strong wind) mounted on the ship behind the main sail on a swivel so they can be pointed at different things. He also has an assortment different sized containers of various sizes in between.
I am wondering what sort of shenanigans and jerry-rigged contraptions our ingenious anti-hero and his crew can come up with. There is the obvious "use the big ones to blow the sails" type things, but I'm looking for something a little more creative. Good answers could be warfare applications (somehow supercharging a cannon maybe?) or ways to make everyday life on a pirate ship easier (easily drying your hair?). It could also be a direct application of the wind-bottling technology or a combination of it with some other tech on the ship. Since the design of the wind bottle is not set in stone yet, feel free to play with the design a little if it leads to some really cool applications.
Note: Ernest has no fear and will likely be attempting to raid all types of ships from an old Spainsh galleon to a repurposed aircraft carrier or cruise ship -- pretty much anything that floats and may have something valuable.