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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.



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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.

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Ward's ship from Pepys Manuscript


The Shady Isle Pirates once again returned to for the City Of Richmond's, Ship-To-Shore 2014. 

The event spanned over three days and featured two full-venues full of  classic boats and ships, both at the historic Britannia Heritage Shipyard and at Imperial Landing. 

For the foruth year in a row, speactators could relive the days when Richmond's Steveston Village was a major port-of-call for fleets of sailing ships from around the world.
This year's Ships to Shore event moved right into Steveston Village. A small flotilla of tall ships and other sailing ships and historical vessels of note were on display and available for free public boarding at Imperial Landing & Britannia Heritage Shipyard 
Tallships included:  The Adventuress,HMCS Oriole, Schooner Zodiac and the Gaia. This year, we were joined by the Royal Canadian Navy with two Orca class patrol boats. In all more than a dozen different classic ships were in attendance, our pirate brethern Buccaneers of the Blackfleet, invaded Britannia Hertiage Shipyard. We were quick to sail down and capture their Captain, Gunpowder Gertie. 
Once again, the mini-brigs delighted thousands of festival goers, and when not in boats, the Shady Isle Pirates sang shanties, conducted sword fights and entertained the crowds of nearly 100,000 along the dock with pirate shaningans all throughout the festival.
Shady Isle PiratesMini-Brig Battle
The Shady Isle Pirates Mini-Brigs Liberte and Adventure in battle!
Miss Teen BC 2013-2014 Rebcca Ketler and Blackstone Herry
Miss Teen BC 2013-2014 Rebecca Ketler and Blackstone Cherry at
Richmond Ship-to-Shore 2014

Shady Isle Pirates Entertain at Dock
The Shady Isle Pirates Entertained Tens of Thousands of Festival Goers at
Ship To Shore Richmond 2014

Shady Isle Pirates AboardTeh Schooner Zodiac
The Shady Isle Pirates Aboard the Schooner Zodiac at Richmond Ship To Shore 2014

The Shady ISle Pirates Mini-Brigs Adventure and Liberte Sail Towards the Britannia HErtiage Shipyard
The Shady Isle Pirates Mini-Brigs,
Adventure and Liberte sail past the schooner Zodiac

Ladner Village was buzzing with activity over the weekend with the annual May Days celebration. Established in 1896, it is billed as one of B.C.'s oldest and largest free family events.  The Shady Isle Pirates, a local favourite were on hand for their third year with their mini-brig sailing ships (Adventure & Liberte), educational displays, several activity stations including cork clipper ship racing, button making, a photo booth, and a sword fighting ring for kids. The Shady Isle Pirates also won 1st Place for their themed float!


Shady Isle Pirates Ladner May Days Parade

2014 1st Place Ribbon  Shady Isle Pirates Themed Float
Shady Isle Pirates -1st Place Themed Float
118th Ladner Pioneer May Days Parade 2014 

2014 Ladner May Days Shady Isle Pirates
Shady Isle Pirates Activity Tent - 118th Ladner Pioneer May Days 2014
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Shady Isle Pirates Blood Alley Ladner May Days 2014
"Blood Alley" - Shady Isle Pirates 2014 Ladner May Days

Cork Clipper Racing Shady Isle Pirates 2014 Ladner May Days
Cork Clipper Ship Races - Shady Isle Pirates 2014 Ladner May Days

2014 Shady Isle Pirates Rum Running Display
Telegraph and Rum Running Displays - 2014 Shady Isle Pirates

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