Pirates ahoy!

5 August 2013 by Sam

museum staff and children dressed as pirates and a parrot

Captain Jo Connor, Education Manager at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a fun weekend:

“On Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August Merseyside Maritime Museum welcomed all pirates to join the World Pirate Navy.

We had a different pirate band each day and visitors joined in the fun and the muster marches.

Joining up at the muster desk for 99 years, give or take, visitors trailed the footprints of Monty the Mersey Monster to discover what he’d done with his booty (as in treasure), and shook wings with Captain Pugh the Pirate parrot.

museum staff and visitors dressed as piratesOn board the Kathleen and May schooner grown up pirates enjoyed object handling in our ‘All hands on deck’ session and younger pirates made their own masks to take home including some rather glamorous creations with lots of sparkles (treasure?)

Meanwhile inside the Maritime Museum building Captain Curio was regaling visitors with mysterious tails of derring-do. And Captain Emma lead ‘Shiver my timbers’, the funny and true story of life on board a pirate ship (apparently the toilet facilities left a lot to be desired…)

At the end of both days prize draws were given out, and you can see some of the prize winners pictured.

Sunday afternoon rounded off with a good old dance of the hokey cokey which sources tell me is a popular pirate tradition, though not one I’d heard of.

We’ve got lots more free family activities planned over the summer – see the What’s on page on the website for more details.”

someone dressed as a pirate parrot, with a visitor

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