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It\'s a great day to hop on the Pirate Water Taxi! Open daily at 11:30 AM.
It's a great day to hop on the Pirate Water Taxi! Open daily at 11:30 AM.
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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 "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 "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.


Captain "Bridger the Bearded" was a famed Pirate wrestler based in the Caribbean. After fighting Seven fingered Sven, Ivan the Irate, and the Tortuga Twins, Bridger decided to find new grounds and new rivals so moved the Tampa. While he's promised to be nice to his fellow pirates in Tampa, he secretly waits for a chance to battle in Amalie Arena against his arch rival, Grouper the Goliath.


"Knotty Noreen" came off of a cruise ship’s lifeboat that she commandeered and set sail with. She cruised up and down the west coast of Florida but set anchor in Tampa after smelling some of the food coming from the shore. Once she saw the water taxis she decided to join the crew drive the boats, but with more preparation then the lifeboat she borrowed.

"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!

“Tradewinds Tyler” was a Pirate off the coast of Virginia. After a brief stint pillaging historic forts, Tradewinds Tyler came down with a bad case of scurvy. Turns out priceless artifacts from the revolutionary war don’t have much Vitamin C.  Tyler rode the trade wind down to Florida to get his much needed Vitamin C, and to find old artifacts from back in the day.  He’s still looking, but he’s hoping to find some lost treasure while aboard the water taxi.


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.


Terrible Tom is known for being terrible in everything he does. He doesn’t use his turn signal while driving, he talks loudly on the phone in a movie theater, and he doesn’t use coasters. One time he purchased 11 items at a store and still used the 10 items or less line. Naturally such a fiendish person fits in naturally in the PWT crew.


"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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