Pirates Ashore will be held at 9:30, on Saturday May 21, on the Plymouth waterfront.
And the pirates are “bent on mayhem.”
In 1646, three shiploads of English privateers sailed into Plymouth harbor, hungry and especially thirsty, flush with gold and rich cargo they had seized in the Caribbean. Governor Bradford said, “The Captain and eighty lusty sailors came ashore. They drank so much they behaved like madmen.. Though some of them were punished and imprisoned, they could hardly be restrained.”
A fight later in the day resulted in the death of one sailor, and the pirate captain tried for murder. The New Plimmoth Gard, The Mayflower Society and three pirate re-enactor groups will re-live this tumultuous chapter of Plymouth history in Plymouth Harbor and in the downtown. Rain Date is May 22.