The Sacramento Historical Maritime Educational
(A non-profit 501(c)(3) educational Living History organization)
Privateers of the Dauntless
A merchant and privateering vessel sailing for the...
Trading Company, a Scotland based
maritime shipping company conducting shipping
throughout the North Sea, Mediterranean, and the
New World in the latter half of the 1500's.
Thus founded, October 24th, the year of our Lord 2003
Our ship is thus named "Dauntless" to capture the spirit in which we sail to meet our adventures, our friends, and our foe!
The Privateers of the Dauntless are dedicated to the preservation and education of maritime history of the 16th and 17th centuries. Our goal is to enlighten and open the eyes of both young and old to the colorful history of the merchant mariners and privateers of days past. We endeavor to bring history alive through live historical reenactment on a land-transportable stage that closely emulates a 16th century square rigged merchant/privateer vessel. Our members will assume the attire and persona of the Captain, officers, and crew of an ancient sailing vessel. Through this medium we will educate the public, both young and old, in the daily life, duties, skills, terminology, and even the politics of the maritime life. Our living history taught through "gigs" and improvisational acting will capture our audience’s imagination allowing us to teach our skills and history of a past era.
The Dauntless, is a representation of a late 1500's square rigged ship centered around a scale Stern castle with a 50-foot tall, working main mast with upper and lower yard arms, rigging and sails. This along with a bell, helm, Cannons, and other ship board items stages the illusion of a full armed merchant ship. From here we conduct our historical educational performances of maritime life and skills. Cargo, crates, and various props add to the illusion on and around the armed merchant ship "Dauntless".
As we work with children at events and schools, all our crew is screened via "Megan's Law" to ensure a child safe environment.
In 2010 we presented to and educated over 3,000 students throughout Northern California on maritime history.
Please feel free to contact us at Captain "at" dauntlessprivateers.org
Period and Persona:
|Though our logo (to the right) is that of the skull and crossbones, to catch the student's and your attention, we generally do not portray pirates. We portray a legitimate Scottish armed merchant ship, the Dauntless, of the late 16th or early 17th Century, sailing from Perth Scotland, with a letter of marque to plunder the enemy ships of the Crown. For Scottish events we sail for Queen Mary of Scots. For English events we sail for Queen Elizabeth and are one of the ships that have sailed under Sir Francis Drake and helped to defeat the Spanish armada (depending on event time line).|
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Thanks to our major sponsors for supporting our vision!
Thank you to the ABS Foundation for their generous grant supporting our vision!
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