Calling All Liverpool-Area Pirates

A recent trip to England deposited me briefly in Liverpool. It was a surprisingly good place to visit, the Beatles notwithstanding, with compelling architecture old and new, good street life, and the nicely redeveloped Albert Dock. I hadn’t known just how wealthy Liverpool once was, a shipping center that profited greatly from the slave trade. Its Maritime Museum was excellent (and free, btw); it includes a floor devoted to the slave trade. Most important, the museum advertised this important event:


I can only hope the Mersey Pirate Muster is keeping up with the news, because it appears that the Northern California Pirate Festival set a new Guinness record just last week, with 2,646 “pirates” in attendance.

With so much energy sunk into fantastical pursuits, might one conclude that our economic doldrums aren’t as severe as widely held? Or, conversely, that tough times demand an outlet for cheap pleasure? Or perhaps that high unemployment is good for pirate gatherings?

Mike Miller

I think you may be losing readers due to the way your rss feed is set up. I read maybe one out of 100 of your posts because the rss feed only posts the title and one line of content. It usually never grabs my attention. I suggest you look at Gizmodo and how they do their rss feed. They provide a little more content and I end up clicking through to read the entire story much more often.

Mike B

I'm surprised they would be able to beat out Somalia.


I'm surprised Somalia hasn't taken this record with a gathering in Mogadishu.


This sounds similar to Santacon... (

I ran into santacon err participants in London last December. The were in groups as small as ten and as large as fifty or so. It seems as if they take the four rules (they have a colorful name for the rules that involves the f-word) pretty seriously.

So this idea of an internet-based sort of non-organization is not limited to pirates.

Mike L

Arrrrrrrrrre you going?


#5: I wish. Also, a shout out to Michelle and Ray Amsbury (who put on the Northern California Pirate Festival). I finally got my 1913 industrial Singer sewing machine in operational order and may be able to finally make those leather pirate coats you were asking me about.

Stephen Anstey

I have to agree with Mike Miller; a full content RSS feed would be so much more convenient than having to click over to read blog posts which, while interesting, are generally only a few paragraphs in length.

e mistry

#5: arr'll be there


I'm with #1 & 7 - I've been clicking on less and less of these articles as it's just too much loading time to click over from my rss reader for a few paragraphs that may or may not be interesting.