Annual pirate tradition gives back | News
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An annual pirate tradition is giving back.
Amidst the skulls and swords at the annual St. Augustine Pirate Gathering Friday evening, there was a somber moment.
The re-enactors observed a moment of silence for those who died when the famous tall ship the HMS Bounty, which capsized off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy.
The Coast Guard rescued 14 crew members, including one from St. Augustine.
"I've said it so many times this week, the HMS Bounty crew lives what we re-enact," explained Faith Hirsch, an Ancient City Privateer. "They do what we just dress up and do."
The Ancient City Privateers are one of the groups that organized the event. They teamed up with the Pirates of the Treasure Coast to take donations for the families of the HMS Bounty victims.
"It was something that as a pirate community we knew we needed to do for them," Hirsch said.
One speaker said most of those present had been on board more than once; some even served as crew members.
The St. Augustine Pirate Gathering continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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