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"Yo Ho Joe"
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.

Senior Captain

Captain "Dustin the Destroyer" 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.

After Wendy left Neverland with her brothers, she never could find an adventure quite like it. She eventually found a way back to Neverland by stealing the Scottish ship, the Jolly Barrie. She used some pixie dust she had leftover, and sailed towards the second star to the right and straight on to morning. After arriving in Neverland, Wendy decided to settle an old debt and battle Captain Hook. After defeating him, Captain Wendy took on the name Captain "Wendy Hook", to try and find Peter Pan to reunite with her childhood friend. Captain Wendy Hook has made port in Tampa, after reports that Peter Pan was seen around the Jose Gasparilla.


Captain "Swashbuckling Shannon" is an experienced pirate, joining us from her former crew. She was the resident kraken wrangler aboard her old ship, the Flying DutchWoman. Thanks to krakens becoming an endangered species, Captain Shannon has decided to retire her kraken taming whip, the most humane form of kraken taming, and don her black and yellow pirate gear and sale with the water taxi.


Captain "Jetsam Jason" is a famous treasure hunter, finding treasure from sapphires in Safety Harbor to emeralds on Egmont Key. After watching countless Gasparilla festivals, Jetsam Jason decided to join our crew and try to see if he can score any lost treasure in the Hillsborough River. But all he’s been able to find were ruined smartphones and things Overboard Alex dropped at the bottom of the river.

"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!
"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.
"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.

"Tate the Treacherous" is actually a big softy, who would never hurt a fly. He’s adopted the name so other pirates won’t bother with him, and it’s worked so far. Secretly learning how to handle a sword and other pirate weapons in his off-time, Tate has teamed up with PWT so he can learn new sailor skills and outsmart other pirates before needing to draw his sword. 


"Barnacle Ben" is an arthropod expert, well versed in marine-life like crabs, starfish, and of course, barnacles. While studying marine life, Ben learned that the best way to see sea life would be to hop on a boat and go where the critters are. While his goal is to study marine life, he’s eager to take on a Pirate life and learn his way around a boat and around Tampa Bay. 


"Jackson Sparrow" was scouted out by Pirate Water Taxi after he won a pirate look-alike contest. He claims that he escaped a deserted island by tying together seaweed and riding on the back of sharks. Legend claims that he’s a descendant of Blackbeard himself, but our tests to confirm came back inconclusive. 

"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".