A Part of Ye Crew - 2011

Seafarers sail in on the high tide arriving in their most colourful garb for the merriment of the annual Buccaneers' Ball. They hail from many charted lands - as well as parts unknown. All captains have agreed to a truce for the evening and laughter is heartily interspersed with tales of the sea.

With the sound of the fiddle, the telling of sea tales is abruptly finished, swords slip back into scabbards to be stowed safely away and a cheerful chorus of ARRRRRRR accompanies the Buccaneers into the Great Hall.

Buccaneers, swashbucklers, pirates, privateers ...

They all sailed "the Spanish Main" during the days of frigates and sloops, brigs, schooners and galleons.

The heyday of the buccaneers was from circa 1650-1725 when working either individually or in great pirate fleets out of strongholds like Port Royal of Jamaica, they raided as far north as Canada and as far south as Brazil and equatorial Africa. Their targets of choice were not only Spanish treasure galleons and rich merchant vessels but also coastal towns and cities in Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the many small but valuable islands of the Greater and Lesser Antilles chains of the Caribbean Sea. Though mainly a 17th and 18th century phenomenon, piracy in the Caribbean did have a brief resurgence around 1820 before disappearing.

Some swashbucklers operated legally, by commission, in time of war such as the privateers (private vessels licensed by their government with a "letter of marque" to prey upon enemy commerce) which abounded during the naval wars of the 1600s, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Others were entirely outside the law. Still others moved in and out of legality with ease as the circumstances suited them.

They were Englishmen, Scotsmen, Welshmen, Dutchmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Portuguese, Danes, Americans, Indians and Africans. Some were loyal to their king, some to their fellow buccaneers and some only to themselves. Some had impeccable manners, some were implacable thugs. Now and again they would gather and celebrate the success of a great raid from which all returned laden with booty.

But in 2011 it was all  in good fun with We Make History's annual Buccaneers' Ball!

Yohoho...  Avast there matey... Pieces of eight, pieces of eight... Dance a proper jig or walk the plank.  Booty for all and plunder a'plenty.  Shiver me timbers and boarders away...

 A r r r r ...

We look forward to seeing ye shipboard .... next time we sail!

 

Fashion Pirates

Every year the editors of BQ (that's Buccaneers' Quarterly for you landlubbers) are on hand to applaud established seafaring fashion icons while keeping a "lookout" for new talent as well. Whether on gangplank or runway, strolling the quarterdeck, striking a pose in the Crow's Nest or pivoting on the catwalk these "Vogue Rogues" are making a fashion statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A R R R R R R R R R R R R R R !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allow us to state the obvious.

The real pirates of history were not nice people.

No one wants to recreate negative aspects of their behavior or activities in any actual or literal sense.

But after 300 years of time passage, the idea of a 17th or 18th century pirate has become a mere caricature, a light hearted bit of play acting which many have a good time with.

For us the idea of the Buccaneers' Ball is simply to "open things up a bit" with an unusual theme for our guests to enjoy and in which to exercise their creativity and imaginations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ye Nautical Bearings

Prepare to Board

18th Century Fashion

 2009 Buccaneers' Ball

2008 Buccaneers' Ball    2007 Buccaneers' Ball

2006 Buccaneers' Ball    2005 Buccaneers' Ball

Study your Charts

Buccaneer Lore

The Cavaliers' Ball

The Jamestown Ball

Her Majesty's Ball

The American Heritage Festival

Return to Port

We Make History

Message in a Bottle

Email to the Captain's Cabin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ahoy There! Message in a Bottle.

ARRRRRRRRR!

Ye 2011 Buccaneers' Ball has now gone out with the tide and sailed into history.

Our recollections are of a fine evening well spent in ye best of seafaring camaraderie.

From the Sea of Cortex to the Straits of Ceylon our multi-hued crew assembled and paraded the best of piratical finery. The editorial staff of Buccaneers' Quarterly was on hand and Victoriana of the Black Sea has been declared the Vogues for Rogues "Face of the Year", winner of the 1711 Seven Seas Model Search.

The covenant of the Buccaneer's Truce was nearly broken as tensions grew on the dance floor of the great hall. Some said the fiddler was to blame. Arrrrrr....

Tall tales were told - of mutiny, exotic islands, far horizons and gold!

A tribute was made to Noah, first ship's captain of them all, whose crew was a real bunch of animals!

'Twas indeed a needful respite for all from hurricanes, cyclones, tropical heat and the uncertain vagaries of seafaring.

Burgundy's Hat and Big Chuck's Fists    This Ball has sailed on ... into Time's Mists!

ARRRRRRRR.

Cap'n Scott

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It was a lot of fun.

Alfalfa B.

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Dear Lord Scott,
We thank you for the enjoyable time we had at the Buccaneer's Ball last night. We love it when your location is so close to our home. Thank you again. I pray for blessings for you and your family.
R K
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