Authentic Pirate Cruise!

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The sign said, “Harbour Cruise on a Pirate Ship!”  The three-master seemed out of place amongst the huge cargo ships, but we had to do it.

I was surprised that before we reached open water, the captain steered us between two hulking vessels.  We were soon surrounded by skiffs, the masked crewmen all carrying AK-47s.

The passengers were taken out, distributed in the small boats and then blindfolded.  The skiffs motored around for a while before returning us to the pier, where blindfolds were removed.

By the time I realized my wallet was missing, the ship and sign were gone.

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44 thoughts on “Authentic Pirate Cruise!

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  2. Christine Goodnough

    I really liked this little story — and that it ended so well. After all, they could have decided to get rid of the witnesses so they could go back and get another tourist group to fleece. In real life pirates were/are a whole lot worse, esp if you happen to be a woman.
    The only cruise we’ve ever gone on was whale-watching off Boston. The greatest danger, as it turned out, was whenever a whale was sighted all the tourists rushed to that side of the boat and you could feel her tip. :()

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. Yes, real pirates can be a lot worse, like the people on the sailboat that were killed by Somali a few years ago. In this fictional instance, I’m thinking that they didn’t want too many dead bodies so they may sail under the authority’s radar for a while longer. When bodies turn up, People react very strongly to end it.
      It’s been a few years, but used to do a lot of little sailing cruises whenever I visited the coast. Occasionally they would fly the Jolly Roger and call themselves a pirate cruise. I’ve done a few whale watches off of Cape Cod. They’re always fun.

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  3. Lynn Love

    What a great spin on the pirate myth. A good reminder that pirates of all weren’t glamorous highway men of the seas but thieves and killers, just as they are today. Nicely done Trent

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I always thought that it was weird that popular culture pirates became very popular around the same time that real pirates were causing terror off the coast of Somalia.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Many water front places have harbour tours and many have fake pirate ships, so I can see someone not paying attention to it and getting caught. But yeah, as they say, a fool and his money are soon parted.

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  4. Dale

    I was thinking like Rochelle… good thing that’s all that went missing! And, really, did he truly think he would not get the full pirate experience? They do steal for a living… ;-)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, they do steal for a living, so if you want the authentic cruise…. I think if the cruise started deep-sixing all of its passengers, it wouldn’t take long for a pretty hard hitting reprisal. A little light robbery? Maybe not have the entire coast guard after them ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do enjoy harbor cruises and try to take them when I’m a new city. So far I haven’t run into any that have fleeced me quite this bad ;) I don’t won’t to push too many people’s hot button, but I’m sure there are more out there with this type of anxiety.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, the consequences could have been much more dire, but getting rid of a couple of dozen tourists might have been a bit grim for this lot. They needed to make sure that the force after them wouldn’t be too hard handed… Of course none of the victims could complain about lack of authenticity of their pirate adventure, so no false advertising there ;)

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