Ahoy M'hearties Welcome Aboard Our Webship!

Thanks for taking the time to visit the Shady Isle Pirates and Privateers website. Our site is continuing to grow. Here you will find information on:  Pirate and Privateer History, Events, Naval Arts & Crafts, Seamanship, Mini-Brigantine Boat Building, Games, Forums and a whole lot more!



The Shady Isle Pirates are an all-ages registered non-profit family friendly society based in Steveston, British Columbia.

Our mission is to promote and preserve nautical heritage while raising money for charitable and cultural organizations by experiencing maritime culture and arts from a hands-on re-enactment approach.

In addition, we are actively operating the mini-brigs, Liberte and Adventure in messabouts, and in festivals, as well as working on costuming, historical weaponry, dance and traditional music. Hundreds of hours go into maintaining the brigs each year from her volunteer crews. A percentage of any monies raised are donated to nautical heritage sites, charitable organizations and cultural projects in our community and abroad.



Join Us Today

We are always looking for nautically minded individuals who are interested in "messing-about" in boats, sharing nautical traditions such as music and shanty singing, costuming, learning the art of sword-fighting or participating in festivals and raising money or volunteering for local charity events and nautical heritage organizations.

Interested? http://join.shadyislepirates.com

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Ward's ship from Pepys Manuscript


The Shady Isle Pirates Return For the 2013 - 117th Ladner May Days Celebration!

Held in Memorial Park just steps from historic Ladner Village, the Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896) is one of British Columbia's largest free  and oldest family fairs. Celebrating the 117th annual tradition the Shady Isle Pirates returned to May Days and brought the mini-brigs  Liberte and Adventure, along withd an array of educational displays on West Coast Rum Running, and the ships Melanope and Malahat .
In addition, the Shady Isle Pirates had a hands-on working morse-code Telegraph, like those similar in the 1920's, that you could try  and send a secret message between the Malahat and the Vancouver base statuon.  
Lastly, the Pirates also had a hands-on craft activity, where kids could make pirate buttons and/or cork ship models. The cork models were a huge hit with kids and adults alike and hundreds of cork boats and models were built!!

Special thanks & big huzzah to our sponsors - Industrial Steel & Manufacturing Inc.!

Shady Isle Pirates 2013 Ladner May Days
Ladner May Days Shady Isle Pirates


Shady Isle Pirates 2013 Ladner May Days



The red hot flashers invited the Shady Isle Pirates to be a part of the spring treasure sale with proceeds to the Richmond Food Bank. There were dozens of merchants, bingo, games and raffles. Thanks to Boston Pizza for providing a delicious lunch! The Shady Isle Pirates Sang Shanties, Played BINGO, and enetertained the fine ladies!


2013 Spring Treasure Sale - Shady Isle Pirates

Shady Isle Pirates Red Hat 2013 Spring Treasure Sale



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