Today the crew at American Public House Review hoist our tankards high to Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) and John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket)–the brave brigands that founded “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” As legend has it, it was during a raucous game of racquetball on June 6th, 1995 that an epiphany born of pain inspired this heady holy day of hooliganism on the high seas.
According to Cap’n Slappy, one of lads let out a loud piercing “Aaarrr” in response to an injury suffered during the game–and it was then and there that both lads agreed that the world must have an official talk like a pirate day. Out of respect for the observance of D-Day (The allied landing at Normandy June 6th 1944) it was agreed that “Talk Like a Pirate Day” would be celebrated on September 19th each year. That date also happens to be the birthday of Cap’n Slappy’s ex-wife. “Aaarrr”
This year we honor the day by taking our readers on another ride with Captain Mark Paltridge aboard the former nimble nemesis of the United States Coast Guard, Rum Runner II. But before we shove off, you might want to fill your tankard with a suitable drink. Click here for a recipe in recognition of those that ran the rum during the years of Prohibition.
Posted by: Chris Poh