A Midcoast-based pirate crew complete with sailing vessel, cannon and upcoming performances throughout the Eastern seaboard is looking for some new buccaneers. Interested recruits are invited to join them for a sword fighting demonstration Sunday, March 21.

“If yer the sort that likes ta shoot a flintlock, swing a cutlass, fire a cannon or pull the yards on a fast-movin’ sailin’ vessel, then ye might be givin’ some thought ta joinin’ the Pirates of the Dark Rose,” said Capt. Crudbeard (Tomm Tomlinson of Rockport), leader of the pirate crew.

“We’ll be settin’ off ta plunder an’ pillage at festivals and benefits from Key West, Florida ta Eastport, Maine this season — an’ those eager for adventure won’t be findin’ no shortage of it with our scurvy bunch!” he added.

The Pirates of the Dark Rose are already well known as performers at the Boothbay Boat Builders Festival, Pirate Days at Fort Knox and the Pirate Rendezvous in Damariscotta. Those performances are just a few in their summer season.

Pirates of the Dark Rose performers do everything from singing pirate songs and engaging in hand-to-hand cutlass combat to producing naval cannon fire from their 55-foot topsail yawl S/V Must Roos. They also use field artillery pieces on shore and have members trained to fire historic firearms.

“We’re lookin’ fer those who know these trades, and those who would show a keen interest in learnin’ ’em,” Capt. Crudbeard said. “We’re happy ta teach those who will join us.”

For more information on joining the Pirates of the Dark Rose, and on when and where the sword fighting demonstration will take place, contact Capt. Crudbeard at 975-6517 or mustroos@aol.com. More about the Pirates of the Dark Rose can be found online at darkrosepirates.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.