Fernandina Pirate Club’s Amelia’s Revenge as she looks now:
However…. There was a time she wasn’t so pretty…
In the year of our Lord 2000 AD, The Fernandina Pirate Club acquired an old broken down Pirate ship from an organization in West Virginia.
In 1999 The Fernandina Pirate Club had a smaller float, and participated in the annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival in Buchanan, WV. After our Pirates won first place in the parade, a kindly Gentleman offered up a float that he had sitting around not being used. This masterpiece had originally been commissioned to be built as a float for the Disney movie “Hook” at the NFL Hall of Fame parade in Canton, Ohio.
It took about a year to coordinate, but eventually a crew from Fernandina drove to North Carolina to pick up the float and deliver it back to it’s current home on Amelia Island.
The ship was in rough shape from many years of sitting around not being used, so major renovations needed to be done in order for her to float once again.
It’s been 20 years since the ship was rebuilt, and now after many years of sitting out in the Florida sun and rain, the ship once again needs a complete overhaul. This will hopefully be worked on soon, depending on acquiring the materials needed of course.
The following pictures will show you the condition in which it was received.
Followed by the stripping it down to the bare metal frames, and being completely rebuilt.
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**Note: The NFL and the organization that runs the Hall of Fame Game Parades were contacted on several occasions to try and find pictures of how she looked when she was first built. Unfortunately, we have not heard back from them. If we do, we will update this post with those pictures.
Stripping her down….