Pirates 'run amok' at Fort Knox July 19
The Friends of Fort Knox are sponsoring their annual “Pirate Day” at the Fort Knox State Historic Site, in Prospect, Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition, 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.
This is the ideal event for all those who have harbored a secret desire to be a pirate. Those wishing to participate in this event are asked to don their best pirate costume and practice pirate speech and accent. The pirates will engage in a cannon firing demonstrations, sword fighting, gunplay and creating general mayhem.
The Friend’s “Pirate Day” 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:
On July 19 and 20, sail on the pirate ship Must Roos with cannons and flintlocks — six passengers max. Cruise times are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:45 p.m. The charge for the pirate ship sail is $25 per person for an hour cruise and cannon firing. The ship leaves from the Bucksport Town dock (across from Bucksport Post Office) and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 469-6553. Advanced purchase is recommended as the ship can only carry six passengers.
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. — Pirate Puppet Show
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 form car-pools as there is limited public parking at the fort. Visitors may want to bring a picnic, 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 admission fee to cover the cost of hiring the pirates.
Following Pirate Day, join the East Coast Ghost Trackers on a guided tour of Fort Knox at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. There will be hourly tours and limited capacity. Minimum age is 12. Advanced reservations and pre-payment required. Please bring a flashlight to this event. Those interested in going on a ghost tour should contact the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553. The cost of the tour is $15 per person. Tickets are non-refundable.