The Pirates of The Dark Rose let loose cannon fire, a pirate attack at Fort Knox on Saturday

The finer art of staged fights, ship attacks and shooting a blunderbuss

Tue, 08/13/2013 - 2:30pm

    PROSPECT – Yarrr, the pirates be back! On Saturday, Aug. 17, at Fort Knox, the Pirates of The Dark Rose will be plundering the village with swashbuckling sword fights, duels, cannon fire and a pirate ship attack. The pirate ship Must Roos will let loose cannon fire on the fort as she sails the waters of the Penobscot River, in search of booty.

    For a little sampling of what to expect, watch our short videos of their daring adventures on sea (lots of cannon fire and screaming!) and on land (lots of sword fighting and screaming!) If you’re curious to know how these pirates got their mad swashbuckling skills, read our Pilot article on Theatrical Violence, Ho! Ha Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Fwannng!

    Saturday’s lineup includes: 11 a.m. Captain Crudbeard’s Cannon Shooting Lesson

    12 p.m Pirate Parade and Costume Contest

    1 p.m. Pirate Ship Attack with Cannons, Flintlocks, and Cutlasses in front of the Fort

    1:45 p.m. Talk Like a Pirate Contest

    2:15 p.m. Treasure Hunt

    3 p.m. Pirate Weapons Demonstration with grappling hooks, pikes, boarding axes, whips, swords, pistols, and blunderbuss.

    Regular Fort admission and a $3 per person event donation requested, because pirates love their gold! People are encouraged to carpool to the Pirate Day events at the Fort due to limited parking.

    Kay Stephens can be reached at