Friday, May 27, 2011

The Queen Anne's Revenge Comes To The Surface

In pieces. Blackbeard's famed ship is yielding treasures off the coast of North Carolina. Many items from what is believed to be the wreck site will be part of an exhibit about the vessel and the infamous pirate at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Museum members can get an early glimpse of the exhibit starting on June 8th and the exhibit opens to the public on June 11th.

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Photo Credit: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Staff Photographer Karen Browning

Just today, one of the anchors from the wreck site was recovered. There seem to have been a few stories of the last few months that have found there way into the news, including photos of a sword hilt found on the wreck. Another article describes the improvised canon ammunition found on the wreck, "canvas bags filled with a lethal mass of lead shot, nails, spikes and glass." Such ammunition would be used by pirates hoping to capture prizes by attacking the crew and sails/rigging without damaging the ship or cargo.

Another artifact, and the one that is most likely to have been personally used by Blackbeard (whose real name was Edward Teach), is tapered lead tube used as a toilet to funnel waste away from the ship. It was found near the captain's cabin, according to this site.

According to the North Carolina Maritime Museum's website, about 50% of the artifacts on the wreck have been recovered. Most of it however is undergoing preservation, but I am sure whatever treasures are going into the exhibit will still be amazing to behold.

Read more at the North Carolina Department Of Cultural Resources. They also have a flickr photostream.

Thanks Jeff and Matt!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pirate Crafts Ahoy!

With the release of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, many a message has found it's way to our inbox. Among them are some great craft projects for the kiddies (be they young or old salts) from The Disney Family Fun website. There is a great Jack Sparrow bandana, tricorn hat, belt, Jack Sparrow's jolly roger, and those are just my favorites! There are also recipes (or food decorations, if ye please), decorative crafts, party ideas and more.

Click here to see these projects and give 'em a try with your own hook, ere, hand.

An' Captain's promise, there'll be some non-Disney posts soon enough...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Barbossa's Blue Leg

Image source, Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Jim Hill Media columnist Nancy Stadler put up a post about Geoffrey Rush and his journey portraying the larger-than-life Captain Hector Barbossa in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. There are a few little spoilers if you haven't seen On Stranger Tides yet, but the most exciting thing for me in the article is that fact that Mr. Rush enjoys playing that part and seems inclined to do so again.

...maybe the story will now come full circle and I'll get to play a villain again. Who knows?

Aside from Mr. Rush's ruminations on his pirate part (and parts), the article asserts that writer Terry Rossio has delivered a preliminary script for the fifth pirates film to producer Jerry Bruckheimer earlier this month!

Click here to read the full article, complete with lots of still of Captain Barbossa through the series thus far.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

So ye come seekin' adventure and salty old pirates, ay?

(A review of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

Well ye've come to the right place. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides certainly delivers on both of those accounts. I had the good fortune to see the film on opening night, and it did a fine job meeting my expectations. What I expected was something between the tightly wrapped package of the first film and the sometimes overbearing nature of the second and third (which may rightly be considered a single piece of work).

This fourth installment is perhaps a bit heavier on the swashbuckling than its predecessors. It seems like any time two of the main characters meet there is a fair deal of swordplay on less than solid ground and grounds. At times it would seem some of this fancy footwork would take away some time that could have been used for exposition and may have, here or there, lead to some unecessary deus ex machina (re: Captain Teague), but I assure you, I am only splitting hairs.

For fans, there definetly many enjoyable developments (like the contents of a certain leg and the identity of a certain judge). There are plenty of great Jack moments, and Barbossa moments (apples!). This is one the Pirates faithful will enjoy.

Post script, for the film makers: Why were Blackbeards officers what they were (it was mentioned once but not really touched upon)? Was Philip a necessary character or just a place filler for an absent Will Turner? And the Spainish, they could have been a bigger part or perhaps a whole 'nother story.

So there were a few things that maybe could have been streamlined, but over all I really did enjoy myself. I can wait to see what becomes of Jack, master Gibbs and their collection of bottles.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dead Me Tell No Tales

These be the Ghostly Voices, unused and unheard in Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean rides at Disney theme parks. Originally intended for Disneyland's grotto scene, they didn't make the final sound track.

An' to-day be the day mateys, mark May the 20th and set sail On Stranger Tides!

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Tomorrow, May 20th, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

source: Pirates Of The Caribbean wikia

Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fantastic Custom Pirate Hats!

The scurvy dogs over at Pirate Fashions make some awesome looking custom pirate hats. There are a myriad of hat styles, colors, trim, ribbons, cockades, feathers, pins etc. to choose from. They start at $65 but I could see my dream hat(s) sailing away from that number fairly fast.

Click here to see their basic hats and/or (if you haven't already found the link yourself) click here to see all the fixins.

Thanks for pointing me to this site, Jeff!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Long Island Pirate Festival 2011

The Long Island Maritime Museum in Sayville, NY is playing host to a Pirate Festival on June 11 and 12 from 11AM to 4PM.

Click here to visit the museum's website, find directions an' such.

Make ready to sail!


Michael Bolton Likes Movies

Including the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. On Saturday Night Live he crooned his love for the trilogy and even dressed the part, much to the chagrin of his musical collaborators.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

A Little Pirates O' The Caribbean For Ya

Just a little something to get you excited about the May 20 release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Disney's Pirates Youtube Page

Disney has a great Youtube page up for Pirates Of The Caribbean. Its more like a fully fledged website than your typical Youtube page. They have some desktops you can download and of course, some great trailers and other videos.

Click here to visit the site.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides comes out on May 20th!

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