Hamilton Film Festival

SELECTED-HFF13Our short film (produced by and starring our Pyratical selves and a cast o’ dozens), “Cook’s Day Off” has been selected for the 8th Annual Hamilton Film Festival – Nov. 4 – 10…featuring “1000 Films In 7 Days”.

Ye can see it on a big screen at the Wed. Nov. 9, 9:30pm at The Staircase (Elaine May Theatre – 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton, ON) – Tickets just $8. The festival runs Nov. 4-10 and passes are available for 100 Independent Films! More info at the Hamilton Film Festival Website


Click to watch online!


Snap To It

A few recent photos taken by our mates in New Orleans…


Capt. Swallow, QM Hellbound, Capt. Charles Duffy III (N.O. Krewe Of Pirates) at the grave o’ Dominique You(x) – one o’ Jean Laffite’s close compatriots. (St. Louis #2 Cemetery, New Orleans, La) Photo © Dawn Carl


Cat. Swallow, QM Hellbound, Master Gunner Irish (Barracks St., New Orleans, La) Photo © Louis Maistros


Master Gunner Irish attacks the QM with “Peeps” (fundraiser, St. Roch Tavern, New Orleans, La) Photo © Goodchildren SAPC

Capt. & MG

Capt. Swallow & Master Gunner Irish (fundraiser, St. Roch Tavern, New Orleans, La) Photo © Goodchildren SAPC


Sophia Fairesword, Master Gunner Irish, Capt. Swallow, QM Hellbound, Ms. Kim Watson (New Orleans, La) Photo © Edd Scorpio / NOLA Pyrate Week


Capt. Swallow, George E. ‘Loki’ Williams IV, QM Hellbound, Ms. Kim Watson (Café Luna, New Orleans, La) Photo © Edd Scorpio


To The Bayou & Back

Bayou Dularge

On Bayou Dularge: Master Gunner Irish, Ricky Verrett (aka "Bayou Fabio") QM Seika Hellbound, Capt. John Swallow

Well mates, we’ve returned from our annual adventures in our other home – New Orleans, Louisiana! What a grand time we had with our mates during NOLA Pyrate Week – sharing food, drink, entertainment, adventure & discovery – while volunteering and giving back to one o’ the great homes o’ our Pyrate ancestors!

This year we were privileged to spend even more time with our mates in Bayou Dularge (South Louisiana) and discuss ways we can promote more awareness, education and assistance to the South Louisiana community.

Ye can read more about our adventures and see a few photos at the NOLA Pyrate Week website.

Corktown, Ceol Cara & Crustaceans

Join us this Sunday night (7pm-11pm) for a land-locked Nite O’ Jolly Rogerin’™ at Hamilton’s historic pub, The Corktown (corner o’ Young St. & Ferguson Ave. S.)!

The fine lads o’ Ceol Cara will be joinin’ us to serenade ye with chanteys, reels and other musical offerings – feel free to drink & sing along (we find the one improves the other).

We’ll regale ye with tales o’ Pyrate history on the Great Lakes, the High Seas and places in between. There’ll be a Wench & Cabin Boy Auction – ye can bid, or put yerself on the block (proceeds to PPD)…a contest to judge yer manner o’ dress and a raffle that could net ye some fine treasure!

It’s all part o’ the pre-Samhain celebrations (and 3rd Year Anniversary) o’ the monthly  Hammertown Pagan Pub Moot.

And the crustaceans? There aren’t any…but it made ye look, didn’t it?

Avast Ye Scurrilous Seadogs!

Elegant and excellent was that Pyrate’s answer to the great Macedonian Alexander, who had taken him; the King asking him how he durst molest the seas so, he replied with a free spirit: “How darest thou molest the whole earth? But because I do it only with a little ship, I am called Brigand: thou doing it with a great navy art called Emperor.” (St. Augustine, City of God, Book IV)

Sept. 19th has been christened “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” thanks to our mates Cap’n. Slappy & Ol’ Chumbucket – hilarity ensues at their website.

We do try to educate folk in the language o’ Pyrates and other sea going types anywhere we travel; in spite o’ the frequent shouts o’ “Arrr!” (and related Hollywood-isms) – “Avast” maybe, “Ahoy!” certainly, but never “Arrr!” unless yer nickname be “Chum” and ye’ve a hankerin’ to swim in shark infested waters!

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
– Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Pyrates, in fact, speak no differently than anyone else from whate’er port they hail from – what makes it seem different is the vernacular o’ the sea and the mixing o’ many cultures (at a time when cultures weren’t mixing well). On a Pyrate ship ye might easily find Irish, English, Scots, French, Moroccan, West African, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese…and anyone else who climbed aboard! Mix in specific nautical terms (scurvy, bilge rat, sea dog, mizzen, belay…) and ye begin to see why “regular” folk think it’s a whole new language!

So…read a book or three and learn some real Pyrate history (perhaps even the history o’ some o’ yer ancestors) and remember, the correct answer to “What’s a Pyrate’s favourite letter?” is “A Letter O’ Marque”!

Speaking of his ancestors:
According to tradition, some of them were pirates and slavers in Elizabeth’s time. But this is no discredit to them, for so were Drake and Hawkins and the others. It was a respectable trade, then, and monarchs were partners in it. In my time I have had desires to be a pirate myself.
Mark Twain’s Autobiography, chapter published in the North American Review, Sept. 1907