Friday, October 4, 2013
On Sept. 21, The Mariners’ Museum attempted to host the largest-ever gathering of pirates, in the presence of a Guinness World Records official. If the effort succeeded, the United States would wrest the honor from England.
A resident of Charleston, David “Captain Overboard” Gobel, participated in the attempt, as a member of the Devilmen of Cape Feare pirate crew that was part of the weekend-long pirate encampment. The Devilmen of Cape Feare have been performing as a maritime Living History group since 1986, based out of Topsail Island, N.C.
The current record, set at the 2013 Hastings Pirate Festival, is 14,231. The Museum’s Pirates Pack the Park event, in celebration of the Sept. 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day, held the official pirate count at 2 p.m. The count was announced that evening at 8 p.m. by Guinness World Records official Philip Robertson.
“This was the most ambitious event the museum has ever attempted,” said Nancy Newman, special events director at the museum.
The attempt was framed around a day-long, free pirate festival featuring a children’s area, food and drink vendors, live music and entertainment, pirate merchandise and a pirate re-enactor encampment.
What constitutes a pirate? Simply, cut-off, rolled-up or Capri pants or a “wench skirt combined with a white or striped shirt and a bandana or pirate hat. The finishing touch is an accessory item, such as an eye patch, toy sword or parrot.