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Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me…

10 Jul Posted by in Blog, Special Trip | Comments Off on Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me…
Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me…

The Carolinas are rich in natural and nautical history, but perhaps most interesting of all is what happened on our shores during the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Some examples:

1718- The end of Blackbeard: the infamous pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, meets his demise at the hands of the pirate hunter Capt. Robert Maynard in Beaufort, NC, after supposedly being shot five times and stabbed more than twenty. He was finally beheaded, and legend has it that his headless body swam around the boat before finally sinking to the depths.

1718- The Battle of the Sandbar: Stede Bonnet, the “gentleman pirate,” battles British Army Colonel William Rhett for six bloody hours while both of their ships are hard aground on sandbars in the Cape Fear River. Bonnet loses, and is sentenced to hang in Charleston.

1699- Captain William Kidd supposedly buries a portion of his treasure on Money Island, a hammock island on what is now the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach. The treasure is never found…

Want to hear more about these tales and other pirate legends? WBST has two options that are great fun for kids of all ages.

First, we have our famous pirate tour, with our very own Pirate Captain Don Juan Cortez. While we pilot the Shamrock to a real deserted island to find buried treasure, Capt. Cortez teaches you how to talk like a pirate, tells stories, sings songs, and gives out headbands and pirate names. When we reach the island, the kids lead the way to search for the “X” which marks the spot. After finding the treasure, we search for natural treasure and make shell necklaces. It’s a blast for kids and adults alike, and an outing you won’t soon forget. Cost is $20 for kids, $30 for adults, and includes headband, necklace, and, of course, your share of the treasure. The boat leaves our dock (275 Waynick Blvd, directly across the street from the Blockade Runner hotel) Tuesdays at 2 and 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 2 and 4 p.m.

Not interested in a boat ride? Never fear, there’s still a way to experience the local pirate legends without leaving the dock. We’re happy to unveil our new Pirate Night Tales, held on the sound side beach at our dock. Captain Cortez will regale you with a bounty of pirate legends and folklore from around the region as you sit around a campfire on the beach. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on, and an appetite for fresh-made s’mores, made just for you by Meg the pirate wench. Every Tuesday night from 8-9 p.m. Cost is only $10 per person.

Call Capt. Joe at (910) 200-4002 today to make your reservation!