From the Archives, November 4, 2018

The Original Pirate Ship

Once upon a time, there was a pirate ship. It was a pirate ship that floated. And the first place that Pirate Ship floated was Parnell Bay.

In the summer of 1995, former staff member John Cooper and his team began work on what would be CubWorld’s pirate ship. The 1994 Capital Development Campaign was complete and the transformation of Camp Murrey was proceeding. Throughout the summer, construction continued and eventually the ship was launched in Parnell Bay. It eventually was floated to what was Murrey’s Swimming area and what is today Pirate’s Cove.

It is easy to forget, but originally, the pirate ship did in fact float. After the 2010 floods, the ship was damaged so badly that the entire Pirate Cove idea was re-thought. But more on that another time. Here is the Lancaster Pirate Ship in all its emerging glory on the shores of the Camp Light waterfront in 1995.

Pirate Ship 1995

Construction of the Lancaster Pirate Ship, 1995, at Camp Light waterfront

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