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Tall ships in Port Dalhousie inspire wannabe pirates


ST. CATHARINES - There's nothing like the sight of varnished teak, polished brass and coiled rigging to bring out the pirate in all of us.

"Look at me, Mom! Pirates do this all the time!" said four-year-old Liam Semple of Waterloo, hanging from the rigging of the Pride of Baltimore II, during the two-day 1812 St. Catharines Tall Ships visit in Port Dalhousie. "Take a picture," he instructed his mother, Roshan Dore Semple.

But no one looked more pirate-ish Sunday than five-year-old Wolf Phelps of Fort Erie, who used the occasion of the visit of the Pride of Baltimore, Unicorn and Lynx to don full pirate garb, including boots, hat, dreadlocks, and painted-by-mom goatee and mustache.

"He'd go to school like that every day if we let him," said Debra Phelps, Wolf's mother. Ever since Wolf watched the movie Pirates of the Caribbean two years ago, he's been digging for treasure in the yard, she said.  more...

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