Pieces-of-Eight was a type of Spanish currency. It was actually the most famous of coins associated with the New World. “Eight Reals” or pieces-of-eight known to pirates, were minted in the Spanish Main and sent back to Europe in huge quantities with treasure fleets.
Pirates plundered many Spanish galleons in search of pieces-of-eight as a handful would have been worth a small fortune to any pirate. Our Pieces of Eight ship was built in 2005 and is 65’ long, 25’ wide, weighs in at 79 tons, powered by twin diesel engines, and is US Coastguard inspected. We can accommodate up to 100 hearty pirates!
The Pirate Pub
During the 90-minute cruise, sea dogs can explore the upper and lower decks or take a break inside the pirate pub, where a full bar is stocked with beverages. Snacks are available for purchase as well as pirate loot and souvenirs. We accept cash or credit, but not your children!
Meet Our Pirates
Each crew member is carefully chosen based upon their charismatic pirate personas and enthusiastic interaction with children and adults alike. We are pleased to introduce the Fort Myers Beach crew including: Capt. Jack, Skipper Fancy Face Phil, Doctor Flarity, Peg Leg Meg, Blackbeard, Pick Pocket Pete, Bermuda Jill, Scurvy Scarlet, and Miss Gray.
Born: 1751 Bristol, England
Just when you thought his adventures were over, Captain Sparrow has been blessed to sail the Seven Seas on board the Pieces of Eight, which grants him everlasting live. Sparrow is one of nine pirate lords in the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas.
He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using his wit and powers of persuasion rather than force, however he is highly skilled with both the blade and pistol. Captain Sparrow is the leader of our pirate crew.
Weapon of Choice: Dagger and Hypnotizing Beauty
Mermaid Mel is the daughter of the King & Queen of the sea. While swimming home one afternoon she was ripped by the fin by a massive shark and she washed up on the shores of Fort Myers Beach with new land legs. If it weren’t for the Pirates on the Pieces of Eight she would still be shark bait. So she wears a fanny pack full of magic and intends to stay true to her Pirate Crew for ever more. Her duties are to make sure you drink like a captain, party like a pirate and she will teach you how to dance like a mermaid. Party hardy, me heartys!
Everlynn "Gray" Humdinger
Weapon of Choice: Daggers and Blunder Busses
Mrs. Humdinger is an adventurous pirate who loves to sail the seas and find all sorts of trouble. During one of her travels she came across some Merfolk and made a deal with them. Unfortunately, she lost the bet between the Merfolk and she was forever cursed to do their binding. Trying to flee was a not-so-smart thing to do but she tried anyway and ended up in a tornado full of sharks!
Destroying her ship and left stranded in the middle of nowhere. While stranded, another vessel found her just floating looking lost, dazed and confused they took her aboard the Pieces of Eight where she is now the blacksmith and can fix anything you see that’s broken. All you need is duct tape and it’s fixed! Still cursed forever she managed to find love and get married to a gentleman named Sir Oliver Humdinger, now they pillage together so watch out for the duo!
Weapon of choice: Sword
John Michael Parker Wellington was the son of a well to do treasury official in London. While at the University of Oxford for human and social studies he frequently visited the docks of London to study the people. One day he was kidnapped and he found himself aboard an English Royal Navy ship! For two years he was beaten and flogged and worked like a dog, with very little rations in horrible conditions.
In 1717 the ship was attacked by pirates on the Pieces of Eight. He was given a sword and told to fight off the pirates, but he went mad and started fighting the English, slaying one after another. Captain Fancy Face Phil saw his actions and took him on as one of the crew. The crew took a liking to him and dubbed him “Mad Mike”. He was then promoted to “Ship Psychiatrist”.
Sir Reven Drake
Born : 1699 during a typhoon in the Indian Ocean
Weapon of choice: Wrist mounted blade
Sir Reven Drake is the great grandson of the famed explorer and circumnavigator of the world, Sir Francis Drake. Reven Drake is an explorer, antiquities collector and pirate scourge of the 10 Seas.
During a century of pirating, he has found artifacts that grant him everlasting life, and a ship from the city of Atlantis which he now captains. Join him on his adventures as he searches for all the treasures of the world.
Pick Pocket Pete
Weapon of Choice: Hand to Hand Combat
The origins of Pick Pocket Pete are unknown. Some say he was raised by wolves in the jungle and some say monkeys. Either way a pirate’s life is all he has known. He is a thief and over time, has stolen diamonds rings, magic lamps, pots of gold, hatter’s hat, as well as few hearts. His weapons of choice are his hands, using a-little-bit of karate and a lot-a-bit of karazy! Pick Pocket Pete seeks mischief, adventure, and high fives.
He is always looking for a partner in crime to help steal treasure. Keep your belongings close as things tend to go missing around him. Today you will find Pick Pocket on the Pieces of Eight Pirate Ship and he is always willing to make new friends. “I am master of disguise & fly so low you cannot recognize, I think quick on my feet, my name is the one & only… Pick Pocket Pete say “whaaaaat!” – Pick Pocket Pete
Lady Tesla Threadbare
Age : 159
There she was just floating along , scavenging the night Sky for “Aether” when out of the lavender blue, dilly dilly.. she fell from her airship, The Clockwork Bronze, onto our deck! Right onto her head, maybe that’s why she repeats herself so often. Yes, she generally is about 5 steps behind or often in front of the discussion: the rest of our crew truly appreciates the “electricity’ she always brings to our adventures.
Something truly fantastic about her descent, is the number of technological advances our ship has acquired with her arrival. From sound machines to GPS Kraken detectors, Tesla’s imaginative engineering has brought our ship into the 19th Century!