About Us

Captain Memo and his wife Panama Pam sailed to Florida from California in a 30 ft. sailboat via the Panama Canal.

In an earlier life he used to be known as Bill Wozencraft, a Prudential Life Insurance Agent. His wife, Pam, had been a teacher for the memo-flag-sHearing Impaired. His Bachelor of Arts Degree is from San Jose State University in Public Relations and, her Masters Degree is from San Diego State University.

After getting up each morning knowing he had to put on a suit and tie just to go out in the world and get rejected by 95 people a day, he knew there must be a better way to exist on this planet other than selling life insurance. He didn’t know it would be being a Pirate in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The initial goal they set was to sail to the Caribbean within a year. It actually took two and a half years, and they ran out of money along the way.


panama-pam-sIt was in Panama that “Bill” became “Captain Memo”. the Panamanians, who speak Spanish, called Bill by his Spanish name “Memo”. Since he had a boat, he became Captain Memo.

A Canadian Travel Company invited Captain Memo to Clearwater Beach, Florida, where they were going to build a Pirate Ship. And, they needed an American Captain to run the ship for them. “How would he like to run it for them?”

Captain Memo asked what he had to do, and the company said that all he had to do was to get to Clearwater Beach, Florida, and that they would take it from there. So, the two of them sailed some 3000 miles with only $50 in their pocket and a empty case of Coke bottles, only to find out that this travel company was all talk and no “go”.

Pam then went to work as a cocktail waitress to get them started. They moved off their boat, painted it black, and added brown sails. She made Captain Memo some pantaloons, a bandana and sash and he came out as Captain Memo The Pirate, yelling, “Ahoy, Mateys!”.


With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of an icon. memo-shades-s
In loving memory of Captain Memo June 5, 1948 – October 13, 2009
To honor his legacy, his family will continue to follow his dreams of bringing joy to all through his pirate cruises.


The Adventure

Sail away with Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise to a world complete with briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs. Let the tropical island tunes guide your journey through the calm waters of the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. Once onboard, enjoy a refreshing, complimentary beverage served by one of our many friendly pirates. For you older scallywags, embrace your pirate side with choice of free beer or wine or purchase your favorite libation at our full service bar. On our sunset cruises, take in on of the most breathtaking sights as the sun sets over the gulf producing incomparably colorful skies.

As we embark on our journey, soak up the sun and revel in the scenic views of Clearwater as we comb the horizon in search of dolphins. Get lost in the pirate antics during our two hour odyssey including a treasure hunt, face painting, water gun games, stories and dancing for all ages.

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About the Ship

The Pirate’s Ransom was custom designed and built to U.S. Coast Guard requirements for the owners in 1993.

The vessel is equipped with all of the latest life saving equipment, including life jackets, life rafts, and ship-to-shore radio. Cleanliness and order are among the top priorities of our crew which extends to all facilities. A professional quality surround system throughout the boat plays a wide variety of tunes.

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The Crew

Our spirited crew of pirates are individually selected by Captain Memo himself. They are chosen not only for their enthusiastic personalities and immeasurable politeness, but also for their knowledgeable seamanship abilities. Our pirates maintain the ship’s cleanliness, insure safe boating practices, entertain the children and most importantly keep your goblet full of grog.

Reservation Staff: Emerald Emily, Mischievous Melissa, Panama Pam, Treasure Chest Terri and Sea Breeze Sharon.

Captains: Ambush Aaron, Blackjack Gerry and Gangplank Gary

Pirates: Adventuress Annabell, Anchorchain Aaron, Canonball Chris, Cutlass Chris, Jack Knife Joe, Jellyfish Josh, Kastaway Kevin, Koconut Kristin, Lawless Liz, Mad Dog Mike, Peppermint Patti, Scurvy Steve, Sharkfin Vin and Shipwreck Sam.
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Meet our Reservation Staff:


Melissa, Terri, Pam, and Sharon. We are pleased to take your reservations,
assist you with directions and parking tips!

  • Reservation Hours 7am-11pm daily.
  • Reservations are always suggested.
  • When using GPS always use the exact address to the right.

Parking Tips:

Public parking in the Clearwater Beach Marina at 30 minute meters.
We sell a parking permit for $6.00 that will over ride the meter for the time of the cruise.

We are located at 25 Causeway Blvd. Clearwater Beach Florida 33767.
You can get directions to the Pirate Ship using this map or call us at

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