Ahoy Mates, This page be dedicated to our Pirates and Performers. Get to know ’em a bit if ye don’t already. Some have been a bit Naughty and have been banished to the dreaded Most Wanted card. It be ye Pirate Hunters job to seek ’em out and shame ’em for thar Wayward acts! So satisfy your inner Pirate(or Pirate Hunter) during North Carolina’s oldest and best Pirate Invasion!
See ye thar me mates,
Captain Sinbad and the Crew of the MEKA II
“Steady as she goes an’ stand t’yer guns.”
Words spoken hundreds of times as Captain Horatio Sinbad, a modern day swashbuckler born at least 250 years too late, steers his dauntless hermaphrodite brig, Meka II, into battle.
Caught up at an early age in the daring do of the pirates and privateers, Long John Silver, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Errol Flynn to name a few, Captain Sinbad has been pursuing high seas adventure his whole life.
He built the Meka II in his backyard in Detroit, Michigan, starting when he was 19. He launched her in 1967 and spent his summers cruising the Great Lakes. In 1970 he was turned loose on the high seas escaping the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway and has pursued one seagoing adventure after another even managing to raise four children along the way.
To keep his magnificent obsession going, he has been a draftsman, boat builder, restaurant owner, charter boat captain, commercial boat operator, sailing school operator, re-enactor, and pirate merchant. Recently he has used his sword less and his pen more to pursue a life long passion of writing and has published his first book.
Captain Sinbad, a real merchant adventurer, has lived aboard continuously for over five decades making Beaufort, NC his homeport. If you are there look for the Meka II anchored in Gallants’ Channel. But then again you might not find him in port. Another adventure always awaits just over the horizon.
He and his Lieutenant of 38 years, Lt. Terry Brown, live full time on Meka II. “Sinbad is not a boring person, that’s for sure,” says Brown, whom Sinbad calls “Lt. Brown.” “He’s always off on an adventure.”
Captain Sinbad and Terry Brown with other crew members continue to be active participants in reenactments of historical context and tall ship events throughout the East Coast, Bahamas, Jamaica and Cayman Islands, and Canada.
The Cannon Crew of Beaufort Pirate Invasion Inc.
The Cannon Crew are the physical arm of our 501 c 3 non-profit charitable organization, Beaufort Pirate Invasion Inc.. Based in Beaufort, we endeavor to serve our community with our piratical presence to entertain, and sometimes educate in Eastern North Carolina and beyond. Our mission is to help attract tourism by commemorating the Spanish Attack of Beaufort in 1747, Blackbeard and the Queen Anne’s Revenge’s presence here, demonstrating living history skills from our local colonial culture and support institutions that preserve and present our rich local history. Our Crew travels to events all over NC and beyond, telling of Beaufort, pirates, and our county’s beauty and charm, not to mention bringing back booty to support our annual event. Led by Capt. Carl Cannon aka BLACKBEARD, it is our humble pleasure to serve as your host and organizer of the Beaufort Pirate Invasion.
The Shadow Players
Leviathan Nautical Living History
Leviathan Nautical Living History is a group of dedicated amateur historians portraying a ship’s company and their families during the age of sail. We can depict Royal Navy from 1680 through 1780, Privateers, Continental Navy, and of course, Pirates! We have displays of weapons, charts and navigation tools, sailmaking, surgical instruments, apothecary, and cooking, with all proper for the period. Our crew enjoys interpreting to the public at various ports of call! Our twenty-three foot skiff, the “Bon Chien” is outfitted with a swivel gun for waterborne demonstrations. Our home port is Bath, North Carolina with our membership primarily in the Carolinas and Virginia.
The Pirates of The Loose Cannon Co.
Mag Dog Mike’s Pirate School fer Thee Young Buccaneers
Mad Dog Mike’s Pirate School fer the Young Buccaneer! I be Mad Dog Mike, one of the meanest pirates to sail the seven seas. Now that me has grown long in the tooth, (I got old) I travel the east coast teaching young scalawags how to be a pirate! I teach ye everything ye needs ta know bout being a pirate! How not to lose a hand, an ear, a leg or ye head! I teach ye how ta Walk like a pirate, Talks like a pirate and Fights like a pirate! Come joins me at Gallants Point Annex near Beaufort NC. August 13th, 14th and 15th (see schedule for Pirate School Times)
The Sword Circle
The Motley Tones
I started pirating in 1998 in the Florida Keys. I joined a group called The Pyrates of Tortuga. We plied our trade up and down the Keys, on mainland Florida and of course in Key West at Pirates in Paradise. We were a pirate singing and acting group. Since those days, I have continued to be a part of the pirate world. I like to think I have been instrumental in bringing fledgling pirates into our ranks and educating the public on the world of piracy over the years. In 2010 at Fells Point, I was honored by being included in the first round of inductees into the Order of Leviathans. An honor I will cherish as long as I live! It has truly been a Nantucket Sleigh ride!
Thunder and Spice
Captain Jim and Lady Louisa
Pirate Trading LTD.
Pirate Trading LTD.
Known as an independent pirate, the Quarter Master, Short Finger, has fished souls from the waters along the Carolina Coast. The infamous Stead Bonnet was the first to be rescued from a sand bar off Cape Fear. In addition, Short Finger pulled one wayward soul from the waters of Wilmington’s Riverfront, and another, he collected from the Banks of Cape Carteret. Then others caught the trade winds from the Keys. The independent base camp is hidden behind Topsail Inlet disguised as a 1700’s provision company well protected by a wide collection of black powder weapons. Beware!