West Seattle Herald "The fabled Seafair Pirates landed at Alki Beach at 12:45 p.m. today, Saturday, to a crowd of thousands. This landing was unusual as the ship carried the pirates right up to dry land due to high tide. In years past, they would have to leap into the water and wade across to the beach in their cumbersome boots lifting supplies over their heads." By Steve Shay
'Mark "Keelhaul" Jensen is the PR director of the Alki Pirates and was monitoring the crowds along the beach for safety reasons. "We have a little surprise," he said. "It's a dry landing for the pirates, but for the free pirate toy kits we gave away squirt guns. It's going to be a wet landing anyway. It was 2003 I believe when the tide was high, but not this high."'