It\'s a great day for a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi. We are open! 
It's a great day for a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi. We are open! 
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Senior Captain
Captain Dustin came from a long line of destructive and pillaging pirates. What is he doing here at Pirate Water Taxi you ask? He’s hiding from a rival crew he used to be a part of. They haven’t found him yet, and he'd like to keep it that way.
Captain "Ebb Tide Ed" was on the original Gasparilla Pirate fleet when he got caught in an ebb tide leading him to the Yacht StarShip. He worked as a mate on the StarShip fleet for a few years, but wanted more adventure, so he traded his formal salt and peppers for black and yellow pirate garb.
Captain Calico Clayton started his pirate career taking the British dining yacht, Yachty McYachtface. After sailing around Jamaica and the taking more ships with equally funny names, Captain Clayton finally made port in Downtown Tampa, where the English navy wouldn't find him. Captain Clayton is also famous for his attempt to redesign the pirate flag with a calico pattern. While his attempt was fruitless, we hope he doesn't try and redesign our logo as well.
"Salty Sam" has been with Pirate Water Taxi since March of 2016. He is 1/16 mermaid, and that's why he's salty. His heritage enables him to spot the most dolphins, manatees and wildlife along our route. Salty Sam used to work at aquariums, but left because the fish weren't great conversationalists. He dislikes landlubbers (people with legs) and salt water flows through his veins, so be careful when coming aboard. The Sea Witch stole his singing voice, but Salty Sam does give a comical and whimsical narration along the tour!
"Long John Silver" is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He always wanted to be a pirate but there aren't a lot of open seas in Philly. He moved to Tampa in October 2016 and started at Pirate Water Taxi just a couple days later. John doesn't have a parrot on his shoulder like the original character, so he talks twice as much to compensate. He's an aspiring captain, but so far there's a big stigma against anyone named "Long John Silver".
"Overboard Alex" is Pirate Water Taxi's youngest pirate. His parents left him on board after a tour and we've put him to work ever since. He's also our clumsiest pirate. Sometimes he drops things overboard, so don't let him hold your belongings...or your kids. He's aspiring to be a Marine Engineer. His goal is to build a robot that can go underwater and reclaim all the treasure he's dropped.
"Mayhem Michael" is known for his motorcycle and causing chaos on the streets. One day he took a wrong turn and landed at the water taxi dock, causing considerable damage. Mayhem Michael has agreed to work for Pirate Water Taxi until he can pay for repairs. He's been trying to find the same thrill on the water, but jet skis don't pay as well- or as Michael calls them, "boater-cycles".
"Juggernaut Julia" may be Pirate Water Taxi's only female pirate, but don't let that fool you. She's known to be the most feared pirate on the eastern seaboard. Julia worked in a crew of all women pirates around the coast, hitting every port and out-sailing any man that tried to catch her. After hearing about the tales of Jose Gasparilla, she decided to come to Florida and put her skills to the test. Juggernaut Julia works on the Pirate Water Taxi to keep her skills sharp, waiting for Gaspar to show his face so she can show him a thing or two about running a ship.
"Dangerous Dylan" has spent his life looking for sea monsters in the Great Lakes. After battling freshwater krakens, hunting Lake Michigan sea serpents, and a court case which involved harpooning a sailboat he mistook for the Loch Ness Monster, Dangerous Dylan changed course and headed south to look for the most dangerous sea creature of them all… The manatee! Dangerous Dylan says he wants to protect them, but what he really means is he wants to protect humans from the dangerous sea cow.