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Rustmonster releases The Flight of the Filthy Vicar

Pirate-core band RUSTMONSTER has released their second album, The Flight of the Filthy Vicar, to the great delight of fans of their first offering, the brilliant concept-album  Last Voyage of the Black Betty.  The jazz-funk/beat poetry jam “The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor” from the earlier release is one of my very favorites of the genre.

What would Caribbean pirates sing if they were alive today? The Flight of the Filthy Vicar is the definitive example of classic pirate music dragged, kicking and screaming, into the modern age. From the tribal beating-to-death of garbage cans and other invented percussion instruments to funky rhythm guitar and accordion solos, if you are a pirate fan, you will not be disappointed.

Click on the image and turn up your speakers to enjoy their rendering of “Bully in the Alley” from the new album, then swagger (or stagger) over to CD BABY to buy the whole bloody thing.

Today’s lucky pirate


I hate this guy.

Today’s mermaid


Pirates Seek $35 Million for Ship

Breaking news on real-world piracy…

Stolen cargo . . . pirates have seized a Ukrainian freighter off Somalia carrying 33 T-72 tanks, similar to those in this photograph.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates in a hijacked ship carrying more than 30 battle tanks were steaming toward a notorious pirate den on Saturday, and they vowed not to release the ship until a $35 million ransom was paid, Somali and Kenyan officials said.

According to Mohamed Osman Aden, a Somali diplomat in Kenya, the Ukrainian-owned vessel was headed to Xarardheere, on the barren Somali coast. Xarardheere is an isolated fishing village that has thrived on organized crime and has frequently been used as a pirate hide-out.

Mr. Mohamed said that while the cargo in this case was extremely unusual — 33 Soviet-designed T-72 tanks and a large supply of ammunition and grenade launchers, all intended for the Kenyan military — the tactics were pretty typical.

“These guys just want the money,” he said.

He predicted that the pirates would reduce their ransom demand to $1 million to $2 million, though Ukrainian officials have not said whether they will pay any ransom at all.

The Kenyan government said in a statement on Saturday that it “does not and will not negotiate with international criminals, pirates and terrorists and will endeavor to recover the hijacked ship and military cargo.”

American warships in the Indian Ocean were closely tracking the ship, and a Russian frigate, the Dauntless, was on its way.

Diplomats in Kenya said Saturday that military operations involving several countries were being discussed but that the plan was to wait a few days before considering a strike.

The hijacked ship’s crew is mostly Ukrainian, and already worried family members have contacted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry asking what they can do.

The hijacking occurred on Thursday evening when pirates in three speedboats attacked the Ukrainian cargo ship, the Faina, which was in Somali waters about 200 miles from shore, en route to Kenya.

 full story at NYT

Don’t they know it’s TLAP Day?


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The front yard of a house in a tony British Columbia neighborhood is a little less welcoming for pirates now.

Architect Andrew Dewberry and a crew of friends spent Saturday dismantling the pirate ship tree house he’s had in his Vancouver yard for two years. He said he had no choice after a court ordered it to be removed for not complying with city bylaws.

Dewberry had to explain the situation to his sons Jack, 9, and Sam, 7, before the tree house came down. He said, “They’ve had a lot of joy with the tree fort.”

Jack, who stood with a friend and watched the dismantling, said, “We wanted to sleep in it over the summer one time, but we didn’t get around to it and now we can’t.”

In July, the judge in the case admired the workmanship of the ship, complete with plastic cannons, in a perch 6 feet up a large, leafy tree in front of the family’s home. But the judge said its merits were irrelevant to whether the tree house violated city bylaws.


Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!



Talk Like a Pirate Day is here, and ye may lay to that!

Bus pirates

Million Pirate March

On May 18, 2008 history will be made when up to 1,000,000 pirates will march forth toward the sea in San Francisco, California.  This is a time to affirm our love of pirates, parrots and even wooden peg legs.

Never before have pirates joined together peacefully in such large numbers to celebrate… well… being pirates.

This momentous occasion also happens to coincide with the annual Bay to Breakers event which will be held on the same day, at the same time and on the same route as us pirates will take on our journey to the ocean. This means we will probably blend in with all the other regular folks who might happen to be dressed as pirates anyway.

Britain’s anti-piracy measures

Father who flew Jolly Roger for daughter’s birthday prosecuted by council

A fireman is facing legal action for flying a £5 Jolly Roger outside his house.  David Waterman, 41, is being threatened with court proceedings after a neighbour complained about the skull and crossbones.  The father of four erected the 5ft by 3ft flag for his daughter’s pirate-themed eighth birthday party and is determined to keep it. He says pursuing him to remove it is a “disgraceful” waste of taxpayers’ money.


Mr Waterman is now paying £95 to apply for advertising consent for the flag in Purcells Close, Ashtead, Surrey but a senior officer from Mole Valley council has warned him it is unlikely to be granted.

In a letter dated 21 April, seven weeks after the flag was unfurled, the official said he had seven days to remove it.

Mr Waterman, who works at Battersea fire station, said: “I find it ridiculous that the council are fighting me over this.

“It’s a £5 flag, not hurting anyone, and they’re probably spending hundreds of pounds of our cash getting me to take it down. That could be spent on improving the local area — it’s disgraceful.”

He said other residents’ complaints about the flag were the latest salvo in a dispute over his children playing outside.  [full story]

 All this in the U.K. while treating real pirates with kid gloves?  The mind reels.

Today’s pirate wench


Today’s pirate mermaid


Today’s mermaid


Bilgemunky: Pirate-Core in Chicago


Gerard Heidgerken of and Bilgemunky Radio will be delivering a multi-media presentation at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, February 23rd as part of the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival. The presentation is titled “Pirate-Core: Sea Shanties in the 21st Century”, and will cover the evolution and current state of this contemporary spin on the the traditional sea shanty.

Gerard is one of many presenters at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival. Tickets to attend the festival are $10 (free for kids 12 and under) and may be purchased online or at the door. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exact time for “Pirate-Core: Sea Shanties in the 21st Century” is not yet scheduled.

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Yarr. Just… yarr.


The pirates of the River Mersey


BRITAIN has suffered its first PIRATE attack in nearly 200 years — on the Mersey in Liverpool.

A cargo ship was boarded by two Scousers disguised as deck hands.

But they left with nothing after crew rumbled the pair and chased them off.

The ship’s foreign owner reported the raid to the International Chamber of Commerce’s Maritime Bureau. 

Officials logged it as an “attempted pirate attack”, making it the first recorded incident to hit our coastline since the 1820s.

It means Britain joins notorious piracy hotspots around the world on the ICC’s map of 2007 attacks.

The Liverpool raid — among 110 across the globe this year — was rumbled when the moored ship’s lookout officer saw two men acting suspiciously on the dockside.

When the pair tried to board they were confronted and asked for ID. After failing to produce any, they made off down the gangplank. One was arrested, but his partner escaped.

An ICC source said: “The last real act of piracy on Britain’s shores was so long ago that records are very sketchy.

“In the heyday of piracy — during the late 1700s and early 1800s — it was known for merchant ships to be attacked by particularly daring brigands. But I doubt if anyone would have tried what these two chaps did at that time in history given the reputation of our Royal Navy back then.

 “If a pirate was caught there was very little mercy shown.” The source added: “These guys were hardly from the Captain Blackbeard school of piracy — in fact they were more like Captain Pugwash. They were dressed up as stevedores — deck hands — but the disguises weren’t great and they got rumbled before they’d barely set foot on deck.

Full story via Fark