Coming May 14th thru 17th in Downtown Plymouth!
The pirates are coming (back) to Plymouth! In May of 1646 three Pirate ships sailed into Plymouth Harbor anxious to spend their newly captured Spanish gold. What followed was a month of mayhem as “80 lusty men” drank and ate and till “they could hardly be restrained”, as noted by Governor William Bradford.
Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm Pilgrim Hall Museum presents a lecture “Caribbean Buccaneers in Early Plymouth,” by Associate Director Stephen O’Neill.
Saturday May 16th at 10 AM the Pirates arrive at the State Pier aboard the Shallop Elizabeth Tilley, are met by the New Plimmoth Gard. (Rain day is Sunday)
Saturday 10-4 Pirates and Pilgrims encampment at The Mayflower Society House.
Come see the Pirates feast and the Pilgrims fume!
All day…..Swordplay! Musket and Pike drills!
1PM, a swordfight between the pirate captain and one of his crew leaves the sailor dead.
3PM, The pirate captain is tried for murder by a Council of War. Will they convict and risk the anger of his crew?
Evening – take care downtown, there are Pirates about!
Pilgrim John Howland Society – Shallop Elizabeth Tilley
About the middle of May this year, came in 3 ships into this harbor in warlike order; they were found to be men of war. The captain’s name was Cromwell, who had taken sundry prizes from the Spaniards in the West Indies. He had a commission from the Earl of Warwick. He had aboard his vessels about 80 lusty men (but very unruly) who after they came ashore, did so distemper themselves with drinke as they became like mad-men, and though some of them were punished and imprisoned, yet could they hardly be restrained. Yet in the end they became more moderate and orderly. They continued here about a month or 6 weeks, and then went to the Massachusets, in which time they spente and scattered a great deal of money among the people, and yet more sin (I fear) than money, notwithstanding all the care and watchfulness that was used towards them to prevent what might be.
William Bradford, ‘Of Plimmoth Plantation’