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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

July 11, 2009 at 7:15 PM

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Seafair pirates swarm Alki

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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The pirates' scary expressions quickly turned into big smiles as screaming kids and fans of all ages greeted their seafaring heroes at Alki Beach this afternoon.

I feared for my sketchbook as the pirates approached, but instead I got a warm welcome from Jerry Williams (above), who's been a Seafair pirate for 38 years. "That's what keeps me young," said the 71-year-old chaplain.

The landing kicked off Seafair's 60th year of summer fun and drew large crowds to West Seattle. From yachts to kayaks, boats jockeyed for a good position to see the tall ship Lady Washington exchange a round of cannon fire with the pirates' amphibian landing craft before she sailed away.

After setting foot on dry land, the Seafair pirates staged a battle with King Neptune (comedian Pat Cashman) and declared the summer celebrations begun. "We have the key to the city, let's have fun!" they yelled.

Left: Sketching Captain Davy Jones. "I don't do poses," he said. Photo by Steve Shay, courtesy of West Seattle Herald.

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