Sep 15

A Taste of Treasure on Bristol’s Open Doors Day

Saturday 10th September saw three members of the Long John Silver Trust attend the Benjamin Perry Boathouse on Redcliffe Wharf to sell books and aaarrrrtefacts to help raise booty to maintain our Treasure Island Trail.

Thanks to peoples generosity, £30 was raised, enough to maintain the Trail for a week!

During the day we teamed up again with the lovely Boathouse Betty (who is always really kind to us), Caveman Alan (who as ever was tending his beloved Redcliffe Caves) and Pirate Pete (who has just launched a new book entitled ‘Bristol Slavers’).

In addition to tending the Trust stall, members of Hawkesbury’s guides were treated to a one hour tour of our Treasure Island Trail featuring storytelling and history.

feoflip_mark_slave_ship

As you can see in the picture, a new artwork by Feoflip has just been created on Redcliffe Wharf, and it’s a stunner! A decent memorial to the slave trade in Bristol is long overdue …

Any group that would like their own tour of the Treasure Island Trail please contact us from our web pages.

Sep 24

Feedback from a recent talk by Mark Steeds from the Long John Silver Trust

Here’s some feedback from a recent talk the Long John Silver Trust conducted with the Port of Bristol Authority Retired Employees Association: –

‘Just a few lines to thank you such an entertaining afternoon last Tuesday (17/09/13). As you could tell, your talk on Pirates and the Long John Silver Trust was much enjoyed by everyone.

We do hope your plans for the Maritime and Literary Trail are successful – I didn’t realise how many authors in the past have had some connection with Bristol.

I was asked by many of our Members to arrange another visit from you… to see if something can be arranged for 2014.

Mrs Ann Tilley – Secretary’

Many thanks Ann, we’ll be doing our best to make the arrangement.

During the talk I mentioned Bristolian author William Williams, whose book The Journal of Llewlin Penrose – Seaman contains literature’s first ever encrypted pirate treasure map and here it is: –

Copy of Penrose treasure map

This image is care of Bristol’s Central Library and if you would like to see the whole book, that’s where you’ll find a copy, amongst their priceless collections.

Genuine Privateer (some say Pirate) Captain William Kidd used a treasure map way back in the 1690’s but it didn’t appear in print until William’s book in 1815. Williams lived out his last days in the Merchant Venturers’ Almshouses in historic King Street, Bristol.

William’s map was then famously ‘borrowed’, first by Edgar Allen Poe in The Gold Bug and then by Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island.

You can read all about it in the Trust’s book Pirates and Privateers Out of Bristol – please go to our shop to get a copy.

Jul 07

Seasonal Offer on our Long John Silver Trust T Shirts – Reduced to only £5 each

LJS Bristol – Seasonal offer on our Long John Silver Trust T Shirts ….

Reduced to £7 each, or £5 each if you buy two or more of the same size.

Quality white, 100% Cotton T Shirts (modelled by Sue on the left) with the “LJS Bristol” Logo (www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk under logo).

We also have a limited number of Hop ’till you Drop T Shirts. This stunning range of ‘Hop Couture’ is brought to you exclusively by the LJS Trust and Wickwar Brewery. The price for these unique garments is just £12 each plus p&p. We have the one colour choice of Black.

These T  Shirts and much more are available in our on-line shop.