If ye dare step aboard the Buccaneer Pirate Ship and cruise the Emerald Coast waters in search of undiscovered treasure, our friendly pirate crew will greet you as you enter the atmosphere of adventure and fun for the whole family.
This be ye chance to learn more about our merry band of buccaneers. Meet the pirates and read about the history of our crew and the background of each character that you will meet on our interactive cruise. Call us today at 850-269-0896 to book your trip on one of Destin, Florida’s newest attractions and meet the pirates of the Buccaneer.
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Skills: Seamanship, Authority of Command
Weapon of Choice: Cutlass
Commodore: Southern Star and the Buccaneer
The Fleet’s Sail Master and a master of tactics. Strong in knowledge and wit, he is not one to challenge with a sword. He is after all, Courageous as so named by his peers.
Born to a British father and an Irish mother, Steven Wilson was constantly looking for adventure. He often found it in the wrong places. He joined the crew of a merchant ship as a cabin boy at the age of eight years old. At 18 he was captain of his own ship, the Southern Star.
While in Port Royal, Jamaica, Wilson’s crew heard of a load of gold that was taken off a Spanish Galle on by French pirate, Francois L’Ollonais. Wilson met L’Ollonais in a tavern and with his friendly disposition began to converse with the cruelest pirate in the Caribbean. He bought the notorious pirate rum until L’Ollonais was falling down drunk. Wilson convinced the pirate that he and his men would join his crew. Wilson offered to stay watch over the ship in order to allow L’Ollonais’ crew to rest through the night. The older buccaneer was too drunk to make reason of the request and agreed. Wilson’s crew boarded the ship, transferred the load to the Southern Star and got away without firing a shot. Wilson’s intelligence would often prove useful in the future.
Wilson had the Star fitted with cannons while anchored in Hispaniola. The young captain who craved adventure would now find it, turning pirate. The Southern Star was very successful in capturing ships under the Spanish and French flags. Wilson was soon able to obtain letters of marque from the British Crown. As a privateer, Wilson’s efforts intensified without fear of prosecution. As Wilson gained wealth, he was able to pay the crown their share, while keeping the finest ships and flying them under his colors. Wilson’s flagship, the Southern Star continued to work as a privateer vessel while his other ships operated as pirate ships. Wilson had now reached the rank of commodore in the eyes of the brethren of the coast, and was given the name Commodore Courageous. He was second only to his friend, the brethren’s admiral, Henry Morgan.
Commodore Courageous handed the job of captain of the Southern Star to Captain Cannonball, and retired to Florida with his wife, Irene the Pirate Queen. The Commodore continued to command his ships without the long periods at sea and has transferred Captain Cannonball to his new flagship, the Buccaneer.
Irene The Pirate Queen Wilson
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Skills: Marksmanship, Leadership, Organizational Skills
Weapons of Choice: Flintlock Pistol and Cutlass
Owner of The Southern Star and The Buccaneer Pirate Ship
Irene Donovan was born to Sean and Catherine Donavan of Cork. Sean worked as a ships carpenter and went to sea a year after Irene was born.
As a teenager, Irene met an 18 year old captain named Steve Wilson, (Captain Courageous). Six months later they married. Captain Courageous set sail just about a year after their marriage. Irene and their infant son Lawrence learned to deal with what life had to offer, while Captain Courageous was at sea. Irene raised Lawrence in the ways of the sea. When Captain Courageous was in port, he would take his young son to the docks and teach him all that he needed to know.
Once Lawrence was old enough, he became a member of his father’s crew, a pirate crew.
Captain Courageous moved his family to Port Royal. Jamaica. While her husband was at sea, Irene became friends with the wife of another captain. A welsh woman named Mary Elizabeth Morgan. Mary Elizabeth and Irene spent a lot of time together while their husbands were away. On one particular day their conversation turned to ships and their husband’s ways of life. Irene pointed out that she could also raise a crew and double her families’ assets Mary Elizabeth, knowing Irene very well, knew that she was serious.
Irene set out to make her idea a reality. She used the money that Courageous had been sending her to buy a small sloop with 8 cannons. She set out to raise a crew. She talked with the sailors on the docks and in the taverns, but none were interested in sailing for or with a woman. This gave her another idea. Why did her crew need to be male? Finally she signed on the first crew of its kind; an all-female crew. She appointed Priscilla the Pirate Princess as her first mate. She named her sloop, “Sirens’ Call”. On the morning of July 10, 1697 the crew set sail. In the next several weeks, the Sirens’ Call had taken 4 ships: one English, and three Spanish. Irene knew that she couldn’t show any sign of weakness of authority so she offered no quarter to the crews of the defeated ships.
Irene and her crew became known and feared throughout the Caribbean. That’s when she became known as Irene the Pirate Queen. She and her husband’s ship, the Southern Star, often would make port together in Tortuga, Hispaniola or back home in Port Royal. Courageous often discussed the possibilities of joining forces. Irene wanted to make sure that if that were to happen, then her crew would be welcomed also. Courageous assured her that they would be taken care of. Together they built a new ship, the Buccaneer. They made Captain Cannonball her captain and added first mate, William Morgan and his crew. The Buccaneer now sails as the most feared ship in the fleet.
Princess Priscilla “Prissy” the Pirate Princess
Skills: Underground Piracy, Looting, Knowledge of jewels, Heir to British Monarch
Weapons of choice: Jeweled swords and daggers
First Mate to Irene the Pirate Queen
Princess Priscilla was born the first daughter of King William III and Queen Mary II of England. Shortly after Priscilla’s birth, King William III of the House of Orange-Nassau set sail for the Bahamas to sign a treaty ending piracy, and to colonize new land for Priscilla to establish a reign as Queen.
Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard ruled the land, and his crew raided and destroyed the King’s ship. Princess Priscilla was captured and held as a hostage for ransom. Queen Mary became very ill and commissioned privateers to rescue her heir, but never saw her daughter’s safe return.
The Princess skilled herself in the lifestyle of piracy at a young age out of a need for survival under Blackbeard’s control. She became the most skillful and knowledgeable jewel looter in all the Caribbean and was given the alias Prissy the Pirate Princess by the swashbucklers that inhabited the land.
Using her ties to royalty to board, pillage, and plunder British ships, she was able to obtain jewels, riches, and treasures that she had been accustomed and entitled to as daughter of a King.
Years later, piracy was put to an end as the Bahamas were established as a Colony of England. But Prissy was jealous that she was not the established Queen of the Bahamas, and remained an underground pirate.
Hearing of a crew being formed in Port Royal, Jamaica, she was able to secure passage on a merchant ship. Upon landing in Port Royal, she joined Irene the Pirate Queen onboard Irene’s newly acquired ship, the Siren’s Call. Irene was impressed with the intelligence and skills of the young girl, and Priscilla became First Mate in Irene’s all-female crew. Irene treated Prissy as if she were her daughter, rather than a shipmate. Prissy sailed with Irene for just over a year.
During a visit commissioned to him by the British, Prissy met William Augustus Bowles, better known as Captain Billy Bowlegs, who sought to finance and establish a free Indian state called Florida. Prissy seized the opportunity to reign as the rightful Queen that she had been born, and invested her fortune in Captain Billy’s efforts.
With their motley crew, they fled to the Gulf Coast of Florida and joined with Choctawhatchee and Seminole tribes to help them establish independence from Spain. Captain Billy and Prissy were celebrated throughout the area. However, after helping Captain Billy and the Indians in their quest for freedom, Bowlegs was killed in a battle with Captain Cannonball of the Southern Star. Prissy found out that Cannonball sailed for Commodore Courageous, the husband of her mentor, and renounced her reign.
Longing to return to the life of freedom, adventure, and merriment she had grown to love as a young pirate, she re-joined the Captain whom had meant so much to her before, Irene the Pirate Queen and the Crew of the Buccaneer.
Gypsy Pirate Princess Rose Marie
Birthplace: The Island of Hoopty Looptidoo
Skills: First Mate of the Buccaneer, Training young mates, Hula-Hooping, Maintaining the Cannons
Weapons of Choice: Dagger and Cannon fire
First Mate of the Buccaneer
Rose Marie, the Gypsy Pirate Princess, is heir to the throne of Hoopty Looptyloo, but joined the Buccaneer as a mate to escape an arranged marriage set by her father, the King, to a Spanish Captain. Having no interest in marriage, she fled to the closest pirate port and asked Captain Cannonball to join his crew. She quickly proved herself a worthy pirate and soon was given the responsibilities of First Mate.
Rose Marie loves to transform the young mates into fearless, brave, and noble pirates when they come aboard the Buccaneer. Teaching lads and lasses to sword fight and helping them find treasure is her favorite part of her daily adventures! She also loves being able to add a bit of magic and excitement into the lives of all visiting pirates. She is a tough princess, and is very talented with a hoop or daggers, depending on her situation.
When on shore-leave, Rose Marie enjoys dancing with her hula-hoop on the white sand beaches of Destin and can sometimes be found hunting for oysters along the harbor — she’s rather fond of the pearls!
Rose Marie will return one day to reclaim her right as Queen of her people, but not until she has seen the world and lived out her dreams of a life full of adventure, intrigue, and of course, treasure!
Birthplace: London, England
Skills: Pillaging, Plundering, & Looting
Weapons of Choice: Cutlass & Cannon Fire
While no one knows just for sure how old Rodger Ropeburn is (Captain Cannonball insists that he is only 14), it is for certain that Ropeburn is the strongest and best looking mate aboard the Buccaneer (please note that this title was self-awarded)!
Ropeburn came aboard the Buccaneer upon it’s arrival to the Destin Harbor in the summer of 2012 after making the long voyage across the pond from England. Where in England is still a mystery because, you must know, that Rodger Ropeburn cannot read a map of any kind, and he is neither good at directions nor locations or anything of that matter. In fact, Rodger Ropeburn rarely knows where he is even if he has hit the grog or not.
Ropeburn believes that he may have been born somewhere in the late 1900’s; however, Ropeburn cannot count past two and a half and that’s on a good day. There are also no records of Ropeburn’s mother or father and as far as he is concerned, he was left aboard a pirate ship when he was just a tiny little mate. Raised on a pirate ship, Ropeburn learned to fight with a cutlass despite being dreadfully careless and how to search for treasure in the deep blue sea.
Many people wish Ropeburn would just shut up, but as you will learn, that is beyond impossible and no one is safe from his outlandish remarks, offensive humor, and torturous embarrassment while aboard the Buccaneer.
When Ropeburn is not aboard the Buccaneer, he can be found pillaging Harbor Walk Village as well as other hot spots in Destin with his best friend Rose Marie whom he insists is nothing but an old hag with cobwebs. You may also see him wreaking havoc amongst the landlubbers with Captain Cannonball, Priscilla the Pirate Princess (Prissy), Ursula, as well as the rest of the mates of the Buccaneer.
You will have no choice but to fall in love with the fearless, brave, and handsome Rodger Ropeburn just as everyone does because everyone wants to be just like Rodger Ropeburn…as he claims. But, any pictures will cost $5 because Ropeburn is copyrighted since he looks so good and any rule breakers will be thrown overboard including the children.
Kirby Jake Scarborough
Birthplace: North Yorkshire, Englad
Weapons of Choice:
Kirbert Jacob Scarborough was born in North Yorkshire England. He was raised in the Borough of Scarborough, a small providence facing the pass to the North Sea of England and Scotland to the west. Kirby Jake was a poor child who tried to support his Mother and brother by working on the docks of Scarborough, learning trade after trade until one day he became a Cabin Boy on a proper merchant ship, gaining a year at sea and some pay. Upon the proper age he joined the British Royal Navy, and served in her Majesty Queen Anne’s military. Growing up at Sea, Kirby Jake was educated by a caring Captain Atwell and a ship’s Physician, Dr. Wilson and learned his way around a ship although he was always in trouble for being cheeky and unruly.
After 10 long years more of hard work, sailing the world for Queen Anne, fighting for the glory of England, and truly making little money, Kirby Jake was due for a promotion to Captain. He had served a long, sturdy career and was ready to accept his just reward, taking the helm of The Royal Sovereign II , a magnificent new Brigantine warship, with heavy gun. Kirby Jake was also arrogant and too self-assured. Kirby Jake was not chosen. He snapped in anger and felt betrayed by England. He wanted to be free and receive his own wealth and take what he wanted from then on. “If they doesn’t do right by me, I’ll be taking what’s mine!” they heard him say. Days later, Kirby Jake took control of the H.M.S. Royal Sovereign II in the night, with a faithful crew of merchantmen, felons, former slaves seeking escape to freedom and anyone who would sail from the local taverns and ports. He did escape that night and would go on to be a most aggressive Pirate, attacking British, French and Spanish ships, plundering and pillaging all he could carry but he always let the captives go, to spread his legend or gave them the option to join his Crew on the newly named, “Scarborough’s Right” Pirate ship. He wanted to be a famous Pirate and get rich, after all, not kill anyone. He tried to use his brain more than his sword.
Upon the day of a voyage from Port Royal to Havana, Kirby Jake was sailing around the north tip of Cuba when he was met by an angry fleet of British Navy, looking for Pirates and traitors. Strangely beyond coincidence, a monster storm hit them from the Southeast as the cannons fired. Pirate war raged on the Caribbean Sea, the winds howled and the sea churning beneath them, with waves breaking at 15 feet or more. Kirby Jake was outnumbered, weather beaten and under experienced. He was losing, sinking into the abyss – treasure, crew, ship and all. The Sea was against them, England was against them! And what of Heaven?! It was the last straw!! Kirby Jake raised his fist to the sky from the foremast of his sinking ship. He challenged heaven itself and swore revenge against all who would oppose him. With all his rage he challenged God himself as he went below the salty water.
Kirby Jake awoke wet, cold and alone on white sand of a beach. No ship, no crew, no nothing but the wind and the seagull’s cries. Kirby Jake stood, and looked around him. He could not believe what he saw. He discovered later on that it was the year 2013. He was on the beach in Destin, Florida, in the Americas (Spanish Territory he remembered). He later, after many escapes from the men with black flintlocks, found open scrolls of scribed words beside the glass markets. He finally knew in his heart what had transpired. He challenged heaven? He challenged God. His anger had defeated him. He knew he had done wrong. He wasn’t angry anymore. His heart was at peace. He loved to sail, he loved being a free man, a pirate. Kirby Jake was taken on board by The Infamous Captain Cannonball and his mighty pirate ship, The Buccaneer. Befriended by this Buccaneer Crew including Princess Prissy, Irene, The Pirate Queen, and the mighty Commodore Courageous, Kirby Jake Scarborough must pay forward the kindness shown to him, by teaching the true path of the Pirate, with honor and dignity (sometimes with cheeky sarcasm), to kids and the young at heart.
Weapons of Choice:
Ursula the Sea Wench
Birthplace: Somewhere in the South Caribbean Seas
Skills: Plundering, Sailing, Word Wielding, & Strength
Weapons of Choice: Cutlass & Good Looks
Ursula was born amid the battles for Port Royal, Jamaica and the lucrative trade ships sailing the waters of the Caribbean. Her father, Captain Kidd, and his crew were cut throat Buccaneers with a thirst for rum and an insatiable hunger for gold. She grew into a young lady pirate learning at an early age how to wield a sword and plunder for treasure amongst the toughest of her father’s crew.
At the age of twenty her father and most of his Buccaneers were captured and executed for their pirating; Ursula found herself alone with no other skill under her tricorn hat other than lying, stealing and sailing. To her advantage a pirate in the Gulf of Mexico known as Captain Cannonball was looking for strong women to join his crew, Ursula immediately set sail in a little schooner her father had hidden in a cave along the shores of Tortuga.
She found Captain Cannonball in the Gulf of Mexico raiding and plundering a tiny fishing village in West Florida; Ursula approached Cannonball after Destin surrendered to the savage and loathsome pirates, catching the man in a jolly mood. Cannonball welcomed her with open arms but despite Ursula’s training and experience he insisted she prove herself. After a few months of hard work and perseverance Ursula proved herself to Captain Cannonball and was quickly promoted to an officer on Cannonball’s ship The Buccaneer, named as a tribute to the fallen Buccaneers in the pirate ranks. To this day you can find Ursula living out her life as head-wench of the galley aboard The Buccaneer, every day is an adventure in her life and she, a pirate at soul and a plunderer at heart, would have it no other way.