Swashbucklers, Ocean Battles, Swordfights,
Treasure Chests and more!
Photos by Fiona
September 6, 2006
Last weekend on the high seas of the San Francisco Bay, Captain
Will, age 11 of the pirate schooner Aldebaron, bravely fended
off the attack ship Trevi.
The Trevi, headed by Captain Tom Grotz, a renowned orthopedic
surgeon in San Francisco, tried for hours to attack the Aldebaron
in hopes of capturing "the Boy" as the ships danced
around each other, with cannons and guns blasting and swords flown
high in the air.
Captain Tom Grotz and Supervisor Fiona Ma
All were part of making William Brannen's wish come true through
the Make A Wish
Foundation. William has been diagnosed with Lymphoma, a life-threatening
form of cancer that attacks the body's immune system. "My
wish is to fight off pirates and find a way to the treasure,"
explained Captain Will.
William Brannen, 11.
After going ashore for some grub, Captain Will and his sister
Hannah, age 6 learned to swordfight and Captain Will later led
his crew on a moonlit treasure hunt around the Bay Area Discovery
Museum (www.baykidsmuseum.org) grounds to locate the hidden treasure
chest. Loaded down with their pirate plunder, the crew of twenty
pirates returned to the piratical campsite and sang sea shanties
and danced the night away. All of the pirates volunteered their
time and hailed from three pirate camps: Tales
of the Seven Seas, Pirates
of Harbor Bay, and The Crew of the Dirty
Ah, what a great adventure!