The November 13 event was hosted by Save the Harbor, the Hull Lifesaving Museum, and the Hull Public Library.
On November 28, The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Friends of Winthrop Beach hosted a second pirate talk at the Winthrop Public Library.
Instead of boarding a boat for a trip into the Harbor itself, Eric took listeners on a "literary cruise" through the Golden Age of American Piracy, which dispelled many of the myths of pirates as jolly rapscallions that we are familiar with from literature and film. It's a tale that any of our past Share the Harbor participants should be familiar with from our All Hands on Deck curriculum - while the stories of young sailors and mariners from the Age of Sail can often be engaging and even inspiring pirates themselves don't actually make the best role models. However, today, we see many opportunities available to young people on the Boston Harbor.
Save the Harbor "Pirates in Residence" including Vice President of Operations and Programs Chris Mancini, Junior Program Assistants Jahari Crosby-Mendes, Albert Deblas, and Ashley Pena introduced the crowds to a brief history of the Boston Harbor Cleanup, emphasizing that this great environmental success story was only possible with many people working to "Haul Away Together" to accomplish a monumental task. To drive home the point, the pirate staff led everyone in a rousing (and quickly learned) rendition of "Haul Away Joe", a traditional sea chantey used by sailors as they worked together to raise the heavy sails of their Tall Ships during the Age of Sail.
While many of us know about pirates through books such as Treasure Island and movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, the tales spun by popular culture romanticizes their lives to attract audiences. Dolin breaks down these depictions to what is historically true and untrue. For example, who knew that walking the plank was not a widely used method of getting rid of prisoners?