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Pirates in Savannah Georgia

Pirates in Savannah Georgia

Greg K (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2004 5:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have been looking online for information on Pirates In Savannah Georgia. I have heard Savannah was a wild and dirty town in the early days and there are claims here that it was somewhat of a pirate town. Stories here claim many sailors were "shanghai'd" as was the term used for getting a sailor drunk then putting him on a ship as a crew member without his permission. The Sailor would "come to" from his drunk and find himself already out to sea. There is a resturant here in Savannah named the "Pirate House" that claims its fame from being a "pirate hangout" There are also rumors and stories of a tunnel from its depths to the riverfront that shanghai'd sailors were transported through to the ships. I have researched online and haven't found one mention of Savannah. Charleston, Beaufort yes, but Savannah no. With all the channels and barrier islands here is seems a perfect place for their use. There is even an island near Savannah named "Blackbeards Island" I know they travelled back and forth past Savannah so I'm sure it was one of their stopping points. Anyone with any information, please email me or leave a message here.

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

galndixie (View posts)
Posted: 1 Jun 2004 3:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
I just got back from Savannah. Take the riverboat tour, and they will show you the pathways and hangouts and tell you the legends. I found the old tunnel from the pirates house, it is in the brick wall behind the Marriot Inn, but is it blocked off either by a cave in(lots of construction there) or on purpose.
Scallywag was the one they talked about most.

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

Greg K (View posts)
Posted: 1 Jun 2004 3:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks, I will take the tour. I'm curious though, why haven't I seen any information online mentioning Savannah like I have seen mentioned about Charleston and other cities? I'm wondering if Savannah was a refuge of sorts rather than a victim city like Charleston was. I have heard that Savannah was a very seedy city in the past. This would make sense that the city would welcome the pirates and their business and gold and turn an eye in exchange. We have just finished a virtual tour of River Street and Bay Street in Savannah, Ga. if you or anyone else would like to "take a virtual walk" down either of those streets.
http://www.quantumtour.com
Greg

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

galndixie (View posts)
Posted: 4 Jun 2004 10:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
During the Civil War Charleston and Atlanta were burned to the ground by the Yankees, but Savannah was spared. They were occupied for a time by the North, which is probably why they weren't burned. There are a lot of homes/businesses from the 1700's/early 1800's left, and most have been very well maintained. It is a very beautiful and interesting place.
Most of River Street is bars/grills, so there isn't much sightseeing to do there, but do take a riverboat ride, it's very informative. The carriage rides are interesting, and save a lot of walking, but they are very crowded accomodations, and you don't slow down or stop to see anything. It's true that Savannah was a pretty wild town in it's day, but I think mainly because it was a main seaport(You Know How Them Sailors Are!!), and it is the oldest city in Georgia. It was originally colonized by debtors, brought here from the English jails. That was done because you had the English in the North and the French in the South, and they were constantly fighting over the territory. The English considered the debtors expendable, and easily replaced since the jails were full of them, so they placed them in Savannah as a sort of Buffer Zone to slow down the French advancing northward. A large part of the affluent Savannah society came from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, generally military persons who were there to protect the territory in the early 1700's. It is truly a wonderful visit if you are interested in architecture and history. It is hot, and there is a lot of walking involved if you want to see things at a leisurly pace. I would be a little wary of some of the antique shops, I did see an awful lot of reproductions, some of the higher priced "high class" restaurants were a bust(one on 37th/Drayton for sure), and the closer you get to the historic district the higher the room rates, but there is plenty of public parking that is very affordable, so we took a room at the far southern end at I-95.
All in all, it is a very nice vacation.

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

Greg K (View posts)
Posted: 5 Jun 2004 12:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear galndixie,
Thank you so much for the info on Savannah. Very informative. I recently created a virtual tour of River Street as well as Bay Street in Savannah and welcome everyone who is interested to view it. Also many of the attractions that are in Savannah as well.
Greg
http://www.quantumtour.com/tour/riverstreet/
http://www.quantumtour.com/tour/baystreet/

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

galndixie (View posts)
Posted: 6 Jun 2004 11:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
THE MOST WONDERFUL VIRTUAL TOUR I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!! Anyone would be thrilled to see this!

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

Greg K (View posts)
Posted: 7 Jun 2004 1:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for the compliment on our virtual tours. I'm very glad you liked it and appreciate the comments. We soon will be embedding video in some of these virtual tours, and they will become even more entertaining so you might want to bookmark our site and stop back in occasionally.
Thanks again and stop in often.
Greg

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

wcga12 (View posts)
Posted: 7 Jun 2004 6:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
I believe you mean "Spanish" not French. The spanish occupied Florida and the English here in Georgia were afraid of invasion. That's why when the colony of Georgia was established there were four things outlawed. Attorneys, Catholics, Slavery and hard spirits. Beer and Wine were ok. I happen to live in Savannah and know the stories. The French were more involved in the western territories on the Mississippi river.

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

wcga12 (View posts)
Posted: 7 Jun 2004 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
The pirates house is mentioned in Robert L Stephenson's novel "Treasure Island". Capt Bones died in that house saying "fetch me my rum!".

Re: Pirates in Savannah Georgia

galndixie (View posts)
Posted: 8 Jun 2004 10:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Just goes to show you can't believe everything you're told!!
Our tour guide told us the French, during the French and Indian wars, coming up from Lousianna/Missippi. I don't know, I wasn't there, and I'm pretty sure she wasn't either!!
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