“Wheel-less” Pirates – A “No-Show”


It was like a date gone bad.  Like you planned your prom dress and your date doesn’t show.  I digress.  Back to the start of things.

In the beginning, I was a young child and I had a love/hate relationship with the Seattle Seafair Pirates.  They would come down the streets of Seattle (and surrounding communities), setting off their cannons on a mighty ship of sorts and those who walked beside the ship, were scraping their swords along the pavement, setting off sparks.  I was terrified and yet delighted by the strength of these swashbuckling, handsome men in tricorns and bandanas, plus really aaaaaawesome 18th-century costumes.


The Seattle Seafair Pirates are an icon in the community.  They show up on the dot for parades.  They go to the local hospitals and visit with kids.  They do tons of charity work.  They “land” on a beach in Seattle, the same stretch of beach as the  historical landing location for Seattle’s Founding Fathers.  The pirates have all sorts of mysterious and sometimes tall tales of old in their history, but to most of us, these guys are “Da Bomb”.  Literally.

The Pirates manage to move around on a VERY cool, supped up WWII amphibious landing device that can navigate waters and dry land.  Did I say it was cool?  Yeah.  It really is.  They have cannons on board, flags, tricked out everything to capture your imagination.  It’s called “The Moby Duck”.  It can haul backside around corners like you can NOT believe!

Last Spring, I happened to be in a parade and so were the guys.  Their Duck let’s say, “had issues” and it was all they could do to duct-tape, chewing-gum-glue and say “Hail Mary” rosaries, just to get The Moby Duck into the parade.  Organizers, The Pirates, and the kids in the audience, were all counting on The Duck.

I digress.

Fast forward to Spring 2011.  Here I am, dressed in my silk 18th-century attire (complete with 2 long curls and fancy hat), extending my invitation to the Seafair Pirates to come join Somewhere in Time, Unlimited in our 18th-century event over in Port Angeles on May 28th, as we greet The Lady Washington, a tall ship, as she comes into port.

I got an answer back to my request for a date.  It’s doubtful they can make it – at all – by anyone.  The Moby Duck is injured. You could say she must’ve been “injured in flight” somewhere along the way.

Yes, The Duck is up on blocks, or in the nest, as it were.  She needs a drivetrain and power source.  (Know anyone who might be a helpful resource?)  The Seafair Pirates have a plea on their website asking for donations so they can get on the road in time again for this summer.  It means that they can’t do parades using the Duck and be visible in the community as usua,l until The Moby Duck can fly again!

So, now what is the next step?

  1. Hop out to the Seattle Seafair Pirates website to help with a donation via PayPal.
    Yes, it’s tax deductible too.
  2. Consider joining up with Somewhere in Time, Unlimited and participate in the picnic event.
    Just click on the link to find all the full details.
  3. Tell all your pirate friends and those who enjoy wearing 18th-century attire.  We’re going on on The Lady Washingtonin a mock battle with The Chieftain on the open sea, cannons-a-blazin’.Gonna be a blast… 
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~ by situseattle on April 24, 2011.

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