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Half Of Florida’s Pirate Fleet Sinks

According to an article in the St. Petersburg Times, the replica pirate ship The Treasure Seeker went down in rough seas as it attempted a voyage to the Virgin Islands. Its owners had decided to leave Florida permanently for (supposedly) greener pastures in the tropics, and were lucky to escape with their lives.

Another nautical attraction, the ex-Soviet submarine U-484, had been docked at the same marina as The Treasure Seeker and it, too, had decided to leave — and subsequently sank, in a storm that hit its new home in Providence, Rhode Island.

The loss of The Treasure Seeker leaves Florida with only one replica party-boat pirate ship, The Pirate’s Ransom, which ports in Clearwater Beach and Tarpon Springs (People often call it “Capt. Nemo’s Pirate Ship,” but it’s “Captain Memo” — mem-o — and he has retired from active captaining anyway.)

The crew of The Pirate’s Ransom didn’t want to talk about what had happened to The Treasure Seeker. That’s probably the Pirate Code: never talk about the bad luck of other pirates.

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