"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.

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.


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.

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"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!
"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.

"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. 


“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.

"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.
"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".

"Crab Shack" Joe does not own a series of seafood restaurants, but rather he used to live in a crab shack. After years fishing for crabs off the coast of Baltimore, Joe wanted to head south to where it was warmer. After selling his crab shack off he moved down here and joined the Water Taxi team, hoping to explore the waters and find more crustaceans to ensnare and cook.


"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.