This weekend was a little damp, but I guess foggy, damp, maritime weather is good…if you’re a pirate!
Arrr! Yes, it’s Pirates days in Mahone Bay and David and I wanted to check it out but we have been so very busy trying to get resettled. I planned to stay and watch the Burning of the Teazer last night ( we were at David’s parents for dinner) but I am still so jet lag that by 7 and 8pm, I am ready for bed. So to stay up until the start at 10:30…I couldn’t.
The legend goes…
Two successful American Privateers operating under letters of marque for the American President brought the war of 1812 to the waters of Mahone Bay.
The Teazer was a schooner rigged vessel of 80 tonnes under the command of Lieutenant Frederick Johnson. It was intercepted and burned by the HMS Dominigo, and the crew was captured and taken to Halifax. Upon solemn oath not to bear arms against the King ever again, Lieutenant Johnston was released and sent back to America.
The Young Teazer received a new letter of marque in May of 1813 and sailed from Portland, Maine, on June 3 with the very same Lieutenant Johnston serving in her crew. The Young Teazer’s brief maiden voyage was an instant success as she captured five vessels and quickly became the focus of a major hunt by the British fleet. Three British ships and a local privateer chased her across St. Margaret’s Bay, but lost her in the fog. Trying to lose the hunters for good, the skipper of the Young Teazer used Mahone Bay’s many islands for cover.
As the wind died, five British Navy cutters were launched in hot pursuit. Remembering his oath not to bear arms, Lieutenant Johnston knew for certain he would be sent to the gallows if captured. His solution was to set fire to the munitions of the Young Teazer resulting in an explosion. All hands, save eight, were lost and the young Lieutenant was never heard of again.
Today, it is said that on balmy summer nights the reflection of the flaming ghost ship can be seen in the waters of Mahone Bay
Then today when we finally made it to Mahone Bay once again, late this afternoon, things were pretty much finished. We did wander around a little and took a few pictures.
Then we decided to head over to Lunenburg for some fish & chips at a new little spot that’s only been open 3 weeks. The food is great and the location is fabulous!!!
Fish & Chips on a cool summers night on the Lunenburg waterfront overlooking the famous Bluenose. What more can you ask for? We really have some great spots here along the South Shore. We’ve just got to get out and enjoy them!