Pirates & Privateers Presentation
Friday mornings, 10:00 a.m., June through September
Fort Phoenix, south end of Fort St., Fairhaven, MA
Tour begins at fort flagpole.
Also presented by appointment for groups
New in 2016— Is there really pirate treasure buried on Sconticut Neck? Why might you become a privateer instead of joining the Navy? What’s the deal with the parrot on the shoulder?
Hear tales of pirates, Revolutionary War era privateers, and historical Fort Phoenix, presented by Greybeard, an 18th century gunner from the privateer sloop Broome, and Abigail Black, a ship’s doctor who grows herbal remedies in her village garden when she’s not at sea. Greybeard and Abby are sometimes accompanied by other members of the “Companie.”
Learn which things you think you know about pirates are really just myths based on fiction, the difference between pirates and “legal” privateers, and why grog wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
The pirate lore in enhanced by true stories of privateering in and around Buzzards Bay during the American Revolution. During the war, privateers vessels such as the Broome, Sally, Black Snake, Friendship, and Hornet, manned with local sailors, aided the rebellion against the Crown by capturing enemy ships in far greater numbers than the Continental Navy did. One of the most celebrated actions was the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War in May 1775, led by captains Nathaniel Pope and Daniel Egery. Eventually the local wharves were full of vessels captured by privateers. Such actions eventually provoked the British raid on our harbor in September of 1778.
These stories are told in detail during the Friday morning program.
This fun interactive presentation includes a demonstration firing of a black powder swivel cannon, a demonstration of early medical practices and more. While being fun and informative for adults, it is also appropriate for class field trips for grades 3 and up as well as for scout troops, clubs and home school groups.
To pre-arrange group tours or class field trips for days other than Friday mornings, call 508-979-4085 or email FairhavenTours@fairhaven-ma.gov to check on availability. Group tours are booked on a first come first served basis.
There is no charge for the Pirates and Privateers presentations, but donations are accepted for the Tourism Gift Account.
To download a Greybeard & Abby coloring page, click here: COLORING PAGE