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Portrait of Sir Henry Torrey, Privateer


Sir Henry was a pirate for ten years and worked for the Department of Nottingham Festival in Simi Valley, California, USA. He also worked for  Pirates For Hire as their marketing manager. He “went to events, passed out flyers and had a great time.” He regularly attended events such as the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor .

Sir Henry said that Facebook “is a really good media for pirates. I have over 3000 pirate friends from Florida to Europe and all over the world. And we all have a blast.”

Sir Henry Torrey’s Flintlock 

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Portrait of Ann-2


Ann was an artist at the Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts and also belonged to the Buenaventura Art Association. She created sculptures and paintings. I met her at Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor where she came to participate in the face painting event they had.

Ann studied art at California State University, Northridge. She also studied at Ventura College and felt that there, she gained the biggest influence on her art style.

Ann sold her work mostly through galleries and at festivals and was hoping to get her a website one day, so she could sell online also.

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Portrait of Kali


Kali was a belly dancer for over 20 years and was working in the same establishment in Ventura Harbor for 10 years, The Greek.

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Portrait of Greg


Greg dressed as both a Pirate and a Viking. He attended various pirate events, such as the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor. But he also went to an event which occurs every September in Solvang, California called Danish Days.

Greg had been doing this type of costuming and attending events for over 20 years. Previously, his brother and he attended a Renaissance Fair in Santa Barbara on a regular basis. That’s how they got the “fair bug.” Greg met really interesting people with whom he would hang out.

At the time I met Greg, he said he was doing anything from charity events, to hanging out with other costumers, to bringing people from communities together.

Greg was born and bred in Fillmore, California, USA and that was where he was living when I met him.

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Portrait of Captain Jack


Captain Jack was a pirate who loved rum and Moon Mermaid.

He was an actor with Pirates For Hire who attended events such as the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor. He was a performer who entertained all over America, including Alaska, and various countries around the world.

During events, he was a Master of Ceremonies in the costume contests and was very inspirational to children who were fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and were motivated to dress like pirates.

Captain Jack said I could write anything I wanted to write as long as it made him sound good. But I think you could find out more about him on @captainjacklive.

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Portrait of Victoria Higgley


Victoria was an actress for Pirates For Hire. She did the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor every year; she was a “traveling pirate.”

Victoria emphasized that she was a “lady pirate and not a wench.” She sword fought, beat up/got beaten up by other pirates, but “on the most part, spent time together with friends.”

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Portrait of Cherrie


Cherrie, who was from the Los Angeles, California, USA area, said her friend brought her to the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor for the first time the day that we met and she was “having a blast.”

Cherrie pieced together her costume from various articles of clothing that she had. She believed that her costume represented a costume that a well-kept pirate’s wife or pirate’s mistress would have owned. A friend of hers gave her a few of the pieces and some of the pieces she had inherited.

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Portrait of Captain Hook


 

Captain Hook belonged to Pirates For Hire for over twelve years and participated in events such as the Ventura Pirate Festival at Ventura Harbor , county fairs, state fairs, city festivals and private parties. He said it was all a lot of fun.

Originally, Captain Hook was from the Fresno, California, USA. He moved to the Southern California area, where he acted and traveled back and forth to various event.

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Portrait of Bill-2


Bill had a 2005 X1 Ford three seat jet ski with a thousand cc’s. He kept his boat and his jet skis at the Ventura Harbor which he considered his second home.  He loved living in the nice Big Harbor and to have a second home where he kept “his favorite toys.”

Bill used to “take it (jet ski) out to Channel Islands Harbor, and to Santa Barbara and Goleta. He liked to go by the UC Santa Barbara campus and “jump some Great Waves there.”

Bill was originally from Santa Barbara, California, USA.  His home,at the time of this interview, was in Pasa Robles, California.

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Portrait of Mackenzie


Mackenzie worked at Ventura Harbor and the Ventura Pirate Festival was her event. As the lead organizer, she had to hire all the entertainment, get all the rentals, get all the privateers, such as Pirates For Hire, all the event vendors and then make sure they were all on time and in place.

Mackenzie was also in charge of social media for the event; she did all the Facebook, @Twitter and @Instagram for Ventura Harbor.

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