Coming May 14th thru 17th in Downtown Plymouth!
In May of 1646 a crew of 80 English pirates (privateers) sailed into Plymouth Harbor with two captured Spanish ships and their cargos. For a month these newly-wealthy buccaneers ate and drank their way through Plymouth’s store of food, beer, wine and spirits; paying generously with captured gold and silver.
Governor William Bradford described their visit this way:
“They spent and scattered a great deal of money among the people, and yet more sin (I fear) then money.”
During this time there were many arrests for drunkenness, a sailor died in a fight with the pirate captain, and the captain was cleared of a murder charge by a military tribunal.
This May 14th – 16th the New Plimmoth Gard and the Plymouth Historical Alliance will reenact this little-known chapter in Plymouth history. Joining in the fun will be two pirate reenactor groups. This will be a full weekend of events including:
• Lecture at Pilgrim Hall “Caribbean Buccaneers in Early Plymouth” presented by Stephen O’Neil, Curator. Thursday at 7PM
• Arrival of the pirates aboard a shallop (launch) at the Waterfront where they are met by the Plimmoth Gard, found to be English and welcomed to the town. Saturday at 10AM
• Pirate and Pilgrim encampment at the Mayflower Society House Friday through Sunday. Come meet Pirates and Pilgrims and find out how they got along.
• Skits reenacting the rowdy pirates, reluctant Pilgrim hosts, the fight fatal between the pirate captain and his sailor and the ensuing trial. Saturday 11AM to 4PM
• Tie-ins with downtown businesses including The Full Sail and Vela Juice Bar
Come see for yourself as we recreate this exciting event!
New Plimmoth Gard