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Pirate Enters the Boating Parade of Lights

Everybody be preparing fer the holiday of plentyful treasures.  So here be my paddle board all decorated fer the Tampa Boating Parade of Lights on the Hillsbourgh River.  It be a beauty of a 14 foot Kaholo racing paddle board.  The Flying Tiger be currently brigantine rigged with 2 mast n' a long bowsprit that puts here at 19 feet long n' 6 feet high. Pirate's boats should always be made of hard wood, none of that plastic covered foam fer me, arrrrrgh!  

 

 

The strange item in the middle be  a special hand made forward paddling system, as pirates like to see where they be heading.  Most  sculling boats row backwards. Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley had 32 guns n' 44 oars, which would allow them to capture a prize with little or no wind. We rogue arrrrrr alway a bit unconventional in ship building fer faster speeds.  I am planning to rig a sail n' mount some guns on her.  

Visit to the El Galeon

Well a Spanish Treasure Galleon be in the waters of La Florida, so being pirates, we had to take a visit.  This be replica of the San Pelayo which founded St Augustine n' commanded by Capt Pedro Menedez de Aviles.  It be in Port Canaveral from Nov 14 to 30, so visit this 170 foot beauty while she be arrrrr warn waters.  It is the only fully sized 16th century replica of Treasure Ship that exist today.  

 

This be one of the ship's featured in the NBC's series Crossbones which we made some firearms for.  This be one of the largest tall ship that I have been on.  It was build in Span in 2004 and has visited 52 countries.

Mutiny on the Black Raven

For the past year, the crew of Black Raven, have worked very hard to get a reality show going. They have done pitches at the two largest annual TV conventions in US, the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC and Realscreen West in St. Monica, CA. These events have give a tremendous exposure to the industry but, not enough.

In order to sell the concept, they are producing a pilot episode. It will show what it takes to produce and deliver an interactive pirate show onboard our ship, in the store, n' show some of our late evening carousing in the taveren's of St Augustine. They have teamed up with a production company n' an award winning director to produce the pilot. They are raising the money through Kickstarter, view their promo video. Each pledge comes with rewards.

 

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This be arrrr 29th issue of the Pirate Fashions Newsletter for Apr 2013. In transfer the old website to the new one, we had issues transferring the newsletter. So we be reposing the feature article into this blog instead of losing all the past newsletters.

Pirates in the Land of the Rising Sun

My first customer from Japan placed an order, so I asked him a question about Pirates in Japan. Here be what he told me:

Matthew Green, who be called Captain Calico Mattias, after being crowned captain fer 6 years, he and a group of friends started going to all the bars in Perth during International Talk Like a Pirate Day dressed as pirates.  The best-dressed pirate be named Captain.  In 2010 he moved to Japan only to experience the worst ever ITLAPD.  Last year he connected with an organizer to hold a 3 hour Tokyo Bay cruise on ITLAPD, which 180 maties attended. 

This year Captain Calico Mattias organized afacebook page fer the event. They started the evening in the harbor as the crew gathered, much to the interest of onlookers. Spirits be high n’ there be a lot of great costumes. They brought a large chest full of props to wave about. Most of his time be occupied with people wanting photos, which sadly cut into his ability to take advantage of the all-you-can-drink grog. Probably my fondest memory of the night, he said, was singing 15 Men on a Dead Man's Chest.

The popularity of pirates in Japan has probably spiked in recent years with the Pirates of the Caribbean films. As with Perth "Jack Sparrow" has become synonymous with "pirate". The Japanese are very receptive to the idea of pirates n’ the fun that comes with them. While it is still in its infancy, Captain Calico Mattias thinks there be a promising future fer things like Talk Like a Pirate Day in Japan.

 

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HMS Bounty Sinks

I have been aboard the 120 foot tallship build in 1960 fer the MGM movie "Mutiny on the Bounty", as you may have seen if ye looks at some of my calendars. The Bounty has been a fixture at many a pirate festivals n' all us in the pyrate community will surely misse her, even though she be a king's ship.

On Oct 29, 2012 the 16 members of the Bounty abandoned shipp off the coast of North Caroline after getting caught in the high 18 foot waves of Hurrican Sandy, which staled her engines. 42 year old Claudene Christian was drowned n' 63 year old Captain Robin Walbridge be still missing. The rest of the krew be rescued by the Coast Guard. Arelief fund fer the family n' krewe of the bounty has been establish.

 

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This be arrrr 24th issue of the Pirate Fashions Newsletter for Nov 2012. In transfer the old website to the new one, we had issues transferring the newsletter. So we be reposing the feature article into this blog instead of losing all the past newsletters.