Pirates overrun Lubec in prelude to festival

Posted Sept. 01, 2008, at 7:53 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:20 a.m.

LUBEC, Maine — The pirate invasion of this seaside community Saturday was hailed as a great success by its organizers.

“It was by common agreement of all involved the most successful and bloodless invasion on Passamaquoddy Bay since the British invaded Eastport almost two hundred years ago during the War of 1812,” the group said in a press release.

In the early morning hours, without a cloud in the sky, and without the cover of fog, more than 150 Eastport pirates, joined by wenches and scalawags from as far away as Russia, sailed into Lubec Harbor and took the coastal town by storm, according to the release.

“The band of pirates enjoyed the military escort and support of the U.S. Coast Guard Eastport in landing on Lubec’s shores,” the release stated. “Within minutes the pirate armada unloaded and ran Eastport flags and the Jolly Roger up Lubec’s flagpoles and hung Eastport and pirate banners all over town.”

John Vreeland, a student at the Boat School-Husson, was the first to shimmy up the tallest flagpole and set the Eastport and pirate colors to flap in the wind, the release added.

The “Invasion of Lubec” was all in good fun and served as the kickoff of the third annual Eastport Pirate Festival this coming weekend, Sept. 5, 6 and 7, in conjunction with the Maine Salmon Festival in Eastport.

“We are delighted that this event was such a great success and quite literally included participants from all over the world. The Lubec community was a great partner in making the invasion the best event on the coast of Maine this summer … only to be topped by the Maine Salmon Festival and 2008 Eastport Pirate Festival next weekend,” organizer John Miller said in the release.

For information on the 2008 Eastport Pirate Festival, go to www.eastportpiratefestival.com.

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