Savannah is already known as one of the nation’s most popular destinations for haunted tours and this year for Halloween it will host the most unique haunted attraction in the nation, The Haunted Pirate Ship.
El Galeón Andalucía, a 500 ton replica of the late 16th century fabled Spanish merchant vessels is in Savannah for a 10 day port-of-call on the Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale 16th Century Ship Tour organized by the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation. The Savannah Waterfront Association has partnered with them to transform the ship and bring Blackbeard’s crew back from the dead, 300 years after demise.
“El Galeon was featured in the recent mini-series Crossbones that starred John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard” said Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation. “Halloween presented the perfect opportunity to bring Blackbeard and his crew back to life and Savannah was the place to make it happen.”
The Haunted Pirate Ship will kick off with family night from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, October 30th as part of the Savannah Waterfront Association’s Pre-Trick or Treat on River Street. Then from 7pm to 12 midnight on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st, visitors will experience real fear as they come face-to-face with Blackbeard and his crew. They’ll journey below decks where Blackbeard’s treasure lies and see if they can make it back to the top deck and escape the clutches of this infamous band of pirates that returned from the grave to finish their last voyage from which they never returned!
Priority Boarding tickets are available for purchase online in advance at a cost of $20.00 at www.TallShipEvent.com. Special priority boarding line will admit all priority boarding ticket holders to skip the long lines expected in the general boarding line.
The ship is docked on East River Street in Savannah and is open daily until 6 pm each day for public tours. Five of the six decks will be available to tour. It carries an all-Spanish crew of about 20 sailors who live onboard and will be on hand to greet and talk with visitors about the history of the ship and what it is like to sail on her.
All this week the Foundation will be hosting school groups aboard El Galeón as part of it’s ‘Future Explorers Education Program,’ part of its non-profit mission to educate youth in Air, Sea and Space. “When the ship sails into a port it’s like bringing a hands on learning experience on the scale of a field trip to St. Augustine, Plymouth or Jamestown to the community,” Lilley said. “The foundation is proud to be able to offer such an opportunity to public school students free of charge.”