Avast! It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This is the official day to practice saying “arrrggghh, matey”—and other plank-walkin’ talk—an occasion dreamed up by a couple fun guys who were bored one day, but had plenty of Pirattitude. They told funny guy/author, Dave Barry, about it back in 2002, and he put it in his Miami Herald column. The rest is shiver-me-timbers history, and people all over the world now use this date as an excuse to swagger about in their swashbuckling finest and to think about stirring some rum into their coffee. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it’s all about having fun—and got me thinking about Grand Bahama’s own brush with fictional pirate fame.

Filming for some of Disney’s Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took place on Grand Bahama Island, back in 2006/2007. It was a thrill to see The Black Pearl and Davy Jones’ Flying Dutchman cinema-ships up close and to catch random sightings of the cast and crew out and about on the island.

We were all swept up in the movie-making excitement—especially my daughter and her friends, who had a great time devising their own buccaneer ensembles in which to search for treasure and adventure during Ye Olde Playtimes.Halloween at our house that year included a rather commanding and fierce-looking Pirate Princess known as Sparrowla—an imaginary long-lost sister of Captain Jack Sparrow:Here’s to sailing the Seven Seas of Imagination and Laughter for as long as you can! Yo ho, me hearties, yo ho!




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8 Comments on “Avast! It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day”

  1. Christopher Thompson Says:

    Those are great pictures of the Black Pearl. Do you have more images of the Pearl? IIf so would you please email me.?

  2. Janet Says:

    What a fabulous post, and adventure!!! The next time they call Lady Washington to the Bahamas, I’m going to beg to crew her!!

    • Paula's Paradise Says:

      Oh YAY — how fab it would be to see you sailing that beautiful tall ship in The Bahamas — and what fun we’d have … look forward to it!! 🙂

  3. Paula's Paradise Says:

    Way Hey!! (And I know where the rum — the Purser’s Rum — is buried on-island too! LOL) Smooth sailing … 🙂

  4. Hello. This may seem like an odd request but I’m an amateur photoshop artist and I’d like to ask permission to use one of your photos of the ship for a piece I’m doing. It will be heavily edited and it’s for dumb, non commercial use but I’d like to chuck it on social media when it’s done. I couldn’t find an email address to write this so I figured I’d leave a comment and hope you’d see it lol.

    • Thanks for writing–and for asking! (I see I need to add a “contact” button to the blog!) Technically, they’re my husband’s photos he let me use for this … don’t suppose he’d mind as long as you’re just using one of them to add some smiles and kindness to the world. I don’t see your email here, but if you wanna follow me on IG or the blog here, we can direct message. Many thanks & Ahoy!

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