Time to sail the Seven Seas and perhaps the Spanish Main as we board Captain Hook’s pirate ship. Will we arrive in Never Never Land or will we have to scuttle our vessel along the way? Either way, it’s too late to turn back now!
We join our protagonists with a duel already in progress:
Have you ever wondered why the sides of a ship are called starboard and port? Obviously if we just use ‘left’ and ‘right’, it could cause confusion because such designations depend on the orientation of the one calling out those directions. Are they facing forward or backwards? According to Naval tradition, when looking from the bow (front) to the stern (rear) of the ship, the port lies on the right side while the starboard side lies on the left.
FUN FACTS: Do you remember the wench auction in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? The Auctioneer tells a larger woman to show her ‘larboard side’, which coincides to the starboard side of a ship, or the left side. She is facing to the right, showing the bidders (and you in the boats) her right side. So he is asking her to turn around to show her other side. The fact that the woman is ‘big boned’ means this is essentially a fat joke, due to the use of a nautical term for a ship.
And now you know!
The bow can also be called the fore, which is the front of the ship.
To further confuse which side is which, we get into the designated areas or zones for marker lights. For what it’s worth, I found this diagram to explain that Port and Starboard aren’t always absolute ‘left’ and ‘right’ designations, but can exist also in degrees:
My brain hurts so I’m going to move on and just show the collectible for the rest of the post!
The stern, or aft, refers to the rear of the ship. This is also where the Captain’s Quarters are found. You can see Captain Hook’s quarters through the windows in the ship.
Yes, the duel between Peter Pan and Captain Hook that started at the beginning of this post is still raging on! Of course, it’s been fought for years, perhaps untold decades, so it won’t likely end anytime soon.
The Lost Boys, along with Wendy, John, and Michael, are tied to the Mast. But from the looks on their faces, I’d say they don’t feel the day is lost just yet!
I love finding pieces with the original price displayed. This collectible originally sold for $95.00. Appropriately the music played upon winding the key is “You Can Fly” from the 1953 animated classic Disney film, Peter Pan.
As with any Disney collectible, you can find many examples of each piece on the Net. Usually the Seller will claim that what they have is ‘rare’. Then you find dozens more as you scroll down through the site pages! This Captain Hook Pirate Ship Snow Globe is no exception. If you want one for yourself, there are many for sale on eBay and other selling sites, with asking prices ranging from $70.00 to over $500.00. So shop around!
Although this collectible may be well loved by Disney fans, pirates in general don’t receive similar love. But don’t feel too sorry for them! Just review these lyrics from the song ‘A Pirates Life for Me’:
“We’re beggars and blighters, ne’er-do-well cads… Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads!”
It brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?