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A unique event unlike any others in downtown Plymouth, Pirates Ashore in Plymouth is an annual all-day reenactment of the visit of three pirate ships to Plymouth in May of 1646 as described in Governor William Bradford’s “Of Plimoth Plantation”.
The “pirates” were English privateers, just back from capturing a number of Spanish ships in the Caribbean, flush with cargo and cash. The ships were welcomed to Plymouth and stayed for about a month spending money freely, drinking, and fighting. One particular fight resulted in the death of a sailor and the trial of the privateer Captain for murder!
Tentative Pirates Ashore schedule:
9:45AM – Old Colony Club fires cannon to alert Plymouth Colony of mysterious visitors in the harbor
10AM – 10:30AM – Privateers arrive at the State Pier on Water Street. Pilgrims and Privateers walk through Plymouth to the Mayflower Society House
10AM – 4 PM – Visit the pirate encampment at the Mayflower Society House for musket and pike drills, learn how to use a cannon, speak with colonial artisans and sword fight with a pirate!
11AM – 2PM – Witness several sword fights between a rowdy sailor and the Pirate Captain at the Mayflower Society House
2PM – Final, fatal sword fight at the Mayflower Society House
3PM – Murder Trial for the Pirate Captain by the Plymouth Council of War at the Mayflower Society House – will he be convicted?
The Mayflower Society House will be open for tours at regular admission prices. Rain date is May 20.
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