Ahoy, mateys! Pirate Day on tap in Prospect

Posted July 13, 2011, at 3:15 p.m.
Last modified July 13, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.
The Must Roos will ply the waters of the Penobscot River during Pirate Day on Saturday, July 16, at Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect.
Courtesy of Friends of Fort Knox
The Must Roos will ply the waters of the Penobscot River during Pirate Day on Saturday, July 16, at Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect.

PROSPECT — It’s the return of the Must Roos. The Friends of Fort Knox will sponsor their annual Pirate Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Fort Knox State Historic Site.

The professional pirates of the Dark Rose and their vaunted ship, the Must Roos, will be plying the waters of the Penobscot River, letting loose cannon fire at the pirate cannon battery at the fort. New this year will be an opportunity for a limited number of guests to sail on the Must Roos pirate ship.

This is the ideal event for all those who have harbored a secret desire to be a pirate, said officials of the Friends of Fort Knox. Those wishing to participate are asked to don their best pirate costume and practice pirate speech and accent. The pirates will engage in cannon firing demonstrations, sword fighting, gun play and creating general mayhem.

The Friends’ Pirate Day will feature several contests including best-sounding pirate, best-dressed pirate, a pirate parade and a treasure hunt. The schedule is:

• 11 a.m. Captain Crudbeard’s cannon shooting lesson.

• Noon. Pirate parade and costume contest.

• 1 p.m. Pirate ship attack with cannons, flintlocks and cutlasses in front of the fort.

• 1:45 p.m. Talk Like a Pirate contest.

• 2:15 p.m. Treasure hunt.

• 3 p.m. Pirate weapons demonstration with grappling hooks, pikes, boarding axes, whips, swords, pistols and blunderbuss.

Sail on the Pirate ship Must Roos with cannons and flintlocks, maximum six passengers at a time. Cruise times are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., leaving from the town dock in Bucksport. The cost is $20 a person for an hour cruise and cannon firing. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 469-6553. Advanced purchase is recommended.

Those planning to attend Pirate Day are encouraged to form car-pools as there is limited public parking at the fort. Visitors may want to bring a picnic. The only food available will be snacks in the gift shop. An event donation of $3 a person is requested in addition to the regular fort admission fee ($3 adults, $1 age 5-11) to cover expenses.

Psychic Faire

PROSPECT — The second Psychic/Paranormal Faire will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, at Fort Knox State Historic Site.

The event will feature renowned crypto-zoologist Loren Coleman, TV personality and author of “Mysterious America.” Joining Coleman will be the author of “Ghosts of Acadia,” Marcus LiBrizzi; East Coast Ghost Trackers paranormal investigation group, UFOologists; and psychic Sky Taylor. Visitors to the faire also will be able to consult various psychics who will be on-site for the event.

The Friends of Fort Knox is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Fort Knox and enhancing its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. The Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands manage Fort Knox on behalf of the people of Maine. For more information about the Friends and other special events, visit http://fortknox.maineguide.com

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