~ 2011 Inductees ~

This year’s inaugural addition to the Rogue’s Gallery were announced at the 2011 Pirates in Paradise Festival in Key West.

2011 Hall of Famers

Weaver Dial
Pirate Entertainer

Few people outside of the Pacific Northwest would know the name Weaver Dial, yet he was a pirate all his life. As a member of the Seattle Seafair Pirates and then the Northwest Pirates of the Coast, Weaver was a fixture of the pirate scene for more than 50 years in the Seattle area.

He was Captain Kidd of the Seafair Pirates in 1962 and then served as the organization’s honorary second in command, Davy Jones, in the 1980s.

You’d never see Weaver without his sea bag of tricks or his concertina, singing his slightly salty song, The Boat Song, or juggling cigar boxes to Terrible Tom Chase’s flute solos. Weaver was never short on gimmicks to delight children of all ages and had an infectious, beguiling presence.

A terrific folk artist, Weaver designed the logo of the Seafair Pirates as well as hundreds if not thousands of paintings of pirates on canvas, barrel covers, coats and pants over the years.

Long before pirates were ever popular nationwide or worldwide, Weaver Dial defined the very idea of what it was like to be a pirate entertainer.

Tommy Chase
Pirate Entertainer

The committee would be hard pressed to initiate Weaver Dial into the inaugural class of the International Pirates Hall of Fame without the addition of Tom Chase, Weaver’s lifelong side kick.

Tom Chase was one of the original founders of the Seattle Seafair Pirates and served as their leader, Captain Kidd in 1954. Gaining the nickname “The Oldest Living Thing,” Tommy grew into this name over the years, achieving a remarkable run as a pirate that spanned some 60 years.

Tom was an accomplished Julliard-trained flute player and played with many world-class musicians over his lifetime, but he took the greatest pride playing Bow Down to Washington every time his beloved University of Washington Huskies scored a touchdown.

Tom’s life goal was to entertain others with his music and make them laugh. He succeeded admirably on both accounts, becoming a cherished fixture of the Seattle area with his infectious smile, endless banter and mastery of performance. If the song “I Did It My Way” was written with a single person in mind, it would have been Terrible Tom Chase, for he lived life on his own terms and set the standard for what the definition of a pirate entertainer is.

Ben “Blackbeard” Cherry
Pirate Re-enactor/Educator

Ben Cherry has been the nation’s pre-eminent portrayer of Blackbeard since 1983. As Blackbeard, Cherry shares the history of the colonies and the Caribbean at festivals, schools, museums and events throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Grand Cayman, Seattle Seafair and of course, the Blackbeard Festival in Hampton.

Hailing from Plymouth, North Carolina, Cherry’s portrayal of Blackbeard is bigger than life, much as the actual pirate was. He has been a major contributor to the Blackbeard project, lending his expertise and years of research to anyone who wants to know what the real Blackbeard was like.

He is a true pirate entertainer and a re-enactor both, helping children of all ages learn to love local lore and history as well as the life and times of a true pirate king, Blackbeard.


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