The Black Dragon pirate ship
Voted one of the top 10 best cruises in the U.S. Coastal Living Magazine, 2011
The Black Dragon pirate ship
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Shiver me timbers and splice me mainbrace! There’s strange happenings at South Padre Island and Port Isabel, TX. A gathering of thieves, brigands, piratefolk and back-stabbing blackguards … the likes of which haven’t been seen since the days of Blackbeard! This musty group will capture you and sail the Laguna Madre with a crew of real pirates while you enjoy your grub and grog.
The Black Dragon is a modern day replica of a 17th century galleon. Below the water line, she’s a modern sea-worthy vessel with the latest marine technology. Above the water, she’s a trip to a time and place where the likes of Jean Lafitte sailed the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre, making port here in Port Isabel. Legend has it that Lafitte took refuge in this area and dug a well in Laguna Vista. Local ranchers formed business alliances with pirates who sailed their contraband between the Rio Grande and Corpus Christi. Now, you can sail the same waters with Osprey Cruises aboard The Black Dragon pirate ship.
All cruises include a crew of professional pirates who entertain with pirate stories, face painting, treasure hunts, water pistol battles, sword fighting, music, and loads of family fun for all ages. Don’t miss the dolphin watching on almost every cruise!
Grog and grub
Available for purchase on the ship: sodas, snacks, beer and wine. We also offer pina coladas, rum, tequila and whiskey based drinks. We accept Master Card and Visa aboard Black Dragon. There will be pre-boarding photo ops with captain and crew and the photos will be ready for purchase at the conclusion of the voyage.
For ye’ land lubbers
Be sure and arrive early (a half hour or so) for the pre-cruise activities which include fire eating, magic displays and other assorted entertainment depending on the time of year. The firing of the 9 lb “Gollywobbler” cannon will signal “All Aboard”. These events take place at the covered outdoor patio, “Black Jack’s” where food and beverages are available.
Our Black Dragon was constructed at Duckworth Shipyard, Tarpon Springs, FL and designed by Daniel J. Avoures & Assoc., of Tampa.
Ye’ mighty ship
She mounts 10 “cannons,” fired by computer with a full range of visual and audio effects. When her cannons roar, you’ll think you’re in the middle of a 17th century naval battle. Due to her galleon hull configuration, Black Dragon is “sea sweet” and rides like a luxury liner, but she is so nimble, she can turn on her own radius. She can actually execute a 360 degree turn with her mainmast fixed to a position.
Although she will seldom venture out of sight of land, Black Dragon is equipped with state of the art navigational electronics including radar, sonar and a very sophisticated GPS system.