Ahoy, Matey!


Scott Erkelens, Bill Filaski and Bill McCrea imbibe together at the monthly gathering of the St. Augustine Swashbucklers at White Lion Pub on Feb. 9. The 120-member group of pirate actors volunteer their time for charitable, educational and festival events, as well as social gatherings. McCrea, the group's captain, returned to his hometown of St. Augustine after spending 25 years as a magician in Las Vegas. He became a pirate actor after realizing street performers were no longer allowed on St. George Street. He's since embraced his new role. "My day job is at the Pirate and Treasure Museum," says McCrea, whose seafaring alter-ego is William Mayhem. "I'm a full-time pirate."

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