Interactive Living History Pirate Encampment
The Pirates of the Treasure Coast's Careening Camp depicts how pirates would live ashore when their ship was in need of repair. Pirates did not have regular access to dry docks as most pirate ships were unlawfully commandeered, so they had to be more creative when it came time to make repairs to their ship’s underside.
Pirates would find a hidden cove or a secluded beach and hove the ship over on one side as the tide went out. If the ship received damage such as a cannon shot around the waterline, planks would need to be replaced. This was no easy task since the crew had to locate the right trees to cut their own lumber.
Before the ship would be laid over on its side, weapons and other provisions were offloaded to set up camp which included just about anything that could not be tied down securely. An armory would be set up and lookouts posted to keep watch as a ship and her crew would be quite vulnerable in these conditions. After repairs were made the ship would then be up righted with the incoming tide. The ship and crew would then set sail on to pillage and plunder once again.
At the Pirates of the Treasure Coast’s Careening Camp visitors can see and experience firsthand what a pirate encampment was like, ask questions and learn a bit of pirate history. There is plenty for the little pirates too, interactive games, knot tying lessons, they may even get a quick pirate mustache, an eye patch or a piece of pirate treasure. They may even be able to sign the ships articles and become an honorary crew member of Pirates of the Treasure Coast.
Kid Friendly Cannon Demo
Letters of Marque
Pirates Arts/ Crafts
Pirate Tattoo (temp)