Maybe you’ve got the pirate princess bug but you’re not ready to run away to sea just yet. But if you’re a lucky bastard and happen to be in Honolulu, Hawaii, you can join the crew of the Treasure Seeker for a whirlwind hour-and-a-half jaunt from Kewalo Basin to Waikiki and back. Aye, ma’am!
This past week, while I was in Key West studying the literature of the future, I couldn’t help but search out the Caribbean pirates of the past.
More to come, including my trip on the schooner Appledore and your Hot Pirate of the Month!
Philly, yer not safe! Pirates of the Delaware staged an epic sea power battle today as part o’ the Seaport Fest and ITLAPD.
Check out super-cute pirate Chris Simmons of the tall ship Gazela (aka Captain Black Dread. I wonder if that’s his real hair?)
Yaarrr, it be here at last! International Talk Like A Pirate Day be sailin’ in on the mornin’ tide, and like a good Pirate Princess, I’m swillin’ a jigger o’ rum to celebrate! And I’m dustin’ off the rip-roarinest pirate chanty o’ all time, “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate,” by those Canadian buccaneers, The Arrogant Worms. No landlubber boards me vessel without knowin’ it.
I’ve also plundered this sing-a-long o’ that pirate chestnut “Drunken Sailor” courtesy o’ me mateys at Talk Like A Pirate Official Headquarters. (Don’t ye be worryin’, it’ll be gettin’ catchier as it rolls on!)
There’s a new pirate movie coming out next year from Ardman, makers of the brilliant (and in my house, required watching) Wallace and Gromit cartoons. Plus, Hugh Grant as a pirate, albeit one made of clay? Yum! Watch! Funny!
Before you get all excited, to clarify, the dive team off the coast of Panama (funded by guess who), said they only thought they might have found a part of Capt. Henry Morgan’s ship, which supposedly sank in 1671 while defending Panama City against Spain while working as an English privateer.
They recovered a bunch of coal-encrusted boxes and chests, which probably (sigh) don’t contain treasure. Still, I think that’s worth raising a glass of rum to, don’t you?
If you’re craving a pirate fix (and let’s face it, if you’re living in Denver, you probably are) you can head to the Denver Museum of Natural Science, where the Real Pirates immersion exhibit tells the tale of the Whyda, the slave-ship-turned-pirate-ship, commanded by Capt. Sam Bellamy, that sank in 1717 off the coast of Cape Cod and is, to my understanding, the first pirate shipwreck ever discovered in North America.
On display: treasure the Whydah was carrying from over 50 different plundered ships. You also get to meet a Real Life Pirate Princess and Sweet Polly Oliver, Joquette Devereaux, who grew up on Hispaniola, the daughter of a cartographer, and joined the Whydah crew dressed like a man.
Find out more at the official site above. But you have to make it in before August 21, when the traveling exhibit heads to my current neck of the woods, Minneapolis.