Shiver Me Timbers!

Ahoy mateys! Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day
Wanna hear me woo in pirate?
Well mateys, what d'ya think o' that? Harr!

Pirates has a colorful history right here along our spit of coast. Here be a bit a readin' fur yur pleasure and edification:

Newport was a major center of pirate activity during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. So many pirates used Newport as their base of operations that the London Board of Trade made an official complaint to the English government. The most famous pirate who made Newport his base was Thomas Tew. Tew was very popular with the locals; after one of his pirating voyages, it was reported that almost the whole town came out to greet him.

In the 1720s, colonial leaders, acting under pressure from the British government, arrested many pirates. Many were hanged in Newport and were buried on Goat Island. (Shiver me timbers! We go walkin by there!)


Thomas Tew (?-1695), also known as the Rhode Island Pirate, was a 17th century English privateer-turned-pirate. Although he embarked on only two major piratical voyages, and met a bloody death on the latter journey, Tew pioneered the route which became known as the Pirate Round. Many other famous pirates, including Henry Every and William Kidd, would follow in Tew’s path. Captain Charles Johnson said "Tew, in Point of Gallantry, was inferior to none."

Here be Thomas Tew, spinning yarns about his pirate days:

Here be pictures from mom's magic box of a Pirate Parade right here in me home port of Newport! Sees if ye recognizes any of these fine pirates....

We knows fur a fact that those last two pirates be experts at digging holes fur hiding treasure! Off ye be now, go talk like a Pirate, harrr!!!!

Star of the Seven Seas and Black Jack a-roo


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...




I be a shivering me timber and a wagging me tail!


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Arrr, those be some real sketchy characters you have in ye town, Pirates Star and Jack! Me agree with Khyra, I'd be shivering me timbers!

Pirate Steve

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Star of the Seven seas and Black Jack a Roo
Yer Cap'n love this post Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate
P.s. yer Cap'n fix his blog post Harrrrr.

The Army of Four said...

Harr! What a cool post!
Play bows and yo ho ho!

The OP Pack said...

Harrrr - can we come over and help ye mateys dig for treasure?

Harrr roooo, the OP Pack

Pedro said...

Oh boy, I bet you two furry pirates are better than any metal detector out there!! Good luck treasure hunting. Loved your post today!


Phred said...

Where be your Pirate Ship, Mateys?

Let's go Sailin!

Tracey and Huffle said...

Arrr I be recognisin' those last two pirates fer sure!

Huffle Mawson

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Oh No!! We missed Talk Like A Pirate Day. We could have impressed all the other pups at the park if we had known.

Princess Eva

Parker said...

AAAARGGGH! You two make fine pirates!

Noll's Nip said...

Those last two are some of the finest pirates I've ever seen. P.S., now I know why you digs in your yard....you're looking for pirate's treasure!

Noll's Nip said...

P.S. I fed BeePee four fishes ;)

The Beasts- Royal, Brock & Alki said...

ARRRRRRG we MISSED it this year!! But I guess Im not complaining.. as a couple yrs ago mom dressed me up and made me pose for ITLAPD :P

we loved your pirate photo! ha-wooo!