The Jolly Roger is a two-thirds replica of Christopher Columbus' 17th century Galleon Nina, which crossed the Atlantic on three occasions. The Nina had a crew of 25, navigated by the stars and was completely wind powered.
The Jolly Roger is crewed by able-bodied "pirates". It is navigated by sophisticated electronics and is occasionally "iron-wind" powered.
The Jolly Roger was privately commissioned and built in 1986 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and christened the Lady Barbara, after the owners wife.
The original owner had such strong feelings for his wife that he had the ship's figurehead sculpted in her likeness.
To this day, Lady Barbara still graces the bow of the Jolly Roger, bringing good luck to all who sail aboard her.
The Lady Barbara was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo off the coast of St. Thomas.
Luck was with her once again in the person of a philanthropist with a penchant for pirate ships who set about restoring the ship to her original splendor and to ultimately live out his fantasy of sailing the Caribbean aboard a pirate ship.
During this time she sailed as the Ayacanora, the South American goddess of the sun.
She was sold to her present owner in 1992 and re-christened the Jolly Roger.
The Anne Bonny
The Anne Bonny was built in 1934 off the west coast of Norway. An old retired sailing ship captain used his savings to build her. She was one of the last ships built with sails for commercial use. She had an engine of 7 hp and was used as a cargo and fishing vessel. In 1954 his sons took her over, installed a 300 hp engine, took the sails away, and converted her into a trawler. She was used for fishing up to 1985 when the Norwegian government reduced the fishing quotas. She was caught as a pirate off the coast of Norway with 40,000 bottles of whisky. Because of this, she lost her right to ever work in commercial fishing again. The bank took her over in bankruptcy and in 1989 decided to scrap and sink her. On the 12th of December, one week prior to the sinking, a group of friends from Skien, Norway heard about her and bought the steering. After an hour on their knees, the bank manager kicked them out of his office with the ownership of the ship. The ship was saved. She was restored during 1990 and most of 1991 and 1992. She sailed to Venezuela and then did a 3000 mile crossing form the Grand Canary Islands to Barbados in 15 days which is pretty fast for the old lady. Back in Norway she operated in the tourist charter business for 3 years until 1995 when she sailed to Cuba. She cares 650 sq. meters of sail. The mast is 27 meters tall. There are about 5000 meters of rope in the rigs. Her weight is 150 tons, of which 40 tones is ballast. She has a Volvo 220 hp engine. She is 27 meters long, 6 meters wide, and 3 1/2 meters deep. She is rigged like a Brig and she is one of the few remaining wooden Brings in the world.