Pirates expected to run amok at Fort Knox

Posted July 12, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — The Friends of Fort Knox will sponsor its annual Pirate Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Fort Knox State Historic Site. In addition, the professional pirates of the Dark Rose and their vaunted ship the Must Roos will ply the waters of the Penobscot River, letting loose cannon fire at the pirate cannon battery at the fort.

This is the ideal event for all those who have harbored a secret desire to be a pirate. Those who wish to participate in the event are asked to wear a pirate costume and practice pirate speech and accent. The pirates will engage in a cannon firing demonstrations, sword fighting, gunplay and creating general mayhem.

Pirate Day also will feature several contests to include best sounding pirate, best-dressed pirate, a pirate parade and a treasure hunt.

The schedule for Pirate Day contests follows is:

• 11 a.m., Capt. 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.

Those planning to attend the event are encouraged to carpool as there is limited public parking at the fort. Visitors may want to bring a picnic lunch, as there will be no food other than snacks in the gift shop.

An event donation of $3 per person is requested above the regular fort admission fee to cover the cost of hiring the pirates. For information, visit fortknox.maineguide.com.

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