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The Original Captain

"Yo Ho Joe" is the original founder of Pirate Water Taxi when he shipwrecked in Tampa back in 2016. If you see "Yo Ho Joe" out and about be sure to say hello as he’s been known to share his treasure with all. While "Yo Ho Joe" loves working for the water taxi and visiting people during events, he always goes back north in winter to visit his cousin Frosty.


Captain "Castaway Chris" fell off his own ship the Enterprise and was stuck on a deserted island. After surviving there for a week eating wild boar, he busied himself reading a copy of Chapman’s Piloting and Seamanship that washed ashore shortly after he did. Castaway Chris was found by one of our water taxis. Chris decided that a life of piracy and sailing around Florida was more enjoyable than a life on a big boat, so he decided to join the Pirate Water Taxi crew, using the skills he read about to captain our taxis.


"Angler Alec" is the only captain in Tampa Bay to hook the elusive Rūpahu Grouper. It took him 47 hours to reel it in, and all photographic evidence was destroyed in a mysterious armadillo incident, but fishers all over the world have asked Alec for help. To try and hide from all of the fame, Captain Alec has joined our crew hoping to discretely have another chance to find a second Rūpahu Grouper off the shores of Harbour Island. 

"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!

Captain "Mysterious" Mike came to us a short while ago and won’t speak of where he has been.  All we know is he loves dad jokes and can drive a boat like no other.  Oh!  And can sleep in a hammock anywhere, any time.


Treasure Map Tina is a celebrated cartographer and expert map decoder. She’s been tapped by many treasure hunters to look for buried treasure, and helped a certain unnamed movie director to find a certain unnamed shipwreck. The New York Tides has praised her book, The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Lost Tea Set, as “One of the Top 10 best books to read on the subway guaranteed to make you look mysterious.” Tina is working with PWT to help us find Garpar’s lost treasure which is rumored to be near or convention center dock.


Fair Wind Aaron got blown in on a southeastern by northwestern wind. He sailed in on his little sailboat, the S.S. Chiclid. It sank off the coast of Harbour Island so Aaron just swam to shore and ended up at our dock. Legend has it that he does Shampoo commercials, in Atlantis.


"Addlepate" Angela is actually an artist who specializes in using sea glass. As sea glass became more and more scarce, Angela noticed that she could always find them where pirates engaged in a battle at sea. After looking high and low she found Pirate Water Taxi and realized this is the best place to find lots of pirates. While we don’t allow glass on the boats, Angela stays at the ticket booth waiting for some to wash ashore. 


Judi "the Jester" is the author behind great books including “100 Great Jokes to Tell at Sea”, “1,000 Great Jokes to Tell at Sea”, and “A Lengthy History of Ancient Mayan Arts and Culture” all under her penname “Ms. Issippi Queen.” Judi is always in the mood for a good pirate joke, as she is currently writing her next book “10,000 jokes to tell at sea”  

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