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June 24, 2014 | by Dan McKernan

The iconic Big Bear Pirate Ship that sank on February 28, 2014 due to severe weather is now completely restored. The convalesced pirate ship, which is also known as The Time Bandit, is now ready to resume its regular narrated tours for the summer.

"She is better than ever, she is just like new again," explained Loren Hafen the owner and operator of Big Bear Pirate Ship. "We restored the entire ship bow to stern, from the waterline to the top deck."

Big Bear Pirate Ship suffered significant damage on its portside hull. The storm took the ship underwater, which caused the ship's tie-down ring to rip out of the hull and created a substantial hole. Also, a second minor hole was caused on the portside hull when it rubbed against the dock during its sinking. Both of these damaged areas were cut out and replaced with marine plywood, reinforced with three to five layers of fiberglass over the plywood, then covered with a sealing coat of epoxy resin, and finished off with a fresh coat of paint of the ship's original colors black, white and red. In addition to the restored hull, the pirate ship has two new outboard motors, a renewed cabin and a reinforced walking plank for scallywags who insult or cross the pirates in any way.

The refurbished pirate ship is just in time to kick off Holloway's Marina's 100 year anniversary where it is docked. On Thursday, June 26 the Big Bear Pirate Ship, also known as The Time Bandit, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hafen will be on hand to describe the ship's restorations and take any questions related to the Big Bear Pirate Ship or Holloway's Marina's 100 year anniversary. At 10:30 a.m. the Big Bear Pirate Ship will set sail for an abbreviated tour that is free to the first 20 people who arrive at Holloway's Marina on June 26. The first 20 people will be given a complimentary boarding pass at arrival. Starting at 12 noon the Big Bear Pirate Ship will resume its regularly scheduled tours at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“It just so happens that the rebirth of our pirate ship coincides with Holloway's Marina’s 100 year anniversary. So in her honor we're having a celebration to welcome her back with flying colors,” added Hafen.

Holloway's Marina's 100 year anniversary celebration includes several costumed pirates in full regalia, a live swashbuckler show, christening of the ship with a bottle of rum, a plank-walking exhibition and talk-like-a-pirate contest with prizes for the winners. Also, Holloway's Marina will reveal its ongoing promotions for the summer such as a classic wooden row boat rental for 1914 prices at just $1 (or 100 pennies) per day, and special offers that give patrons an opportunity to purchase gas for their boat’s gas tanks for 1914 gas prices. The festivities are Thursday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Holloway's Marina located at 398 Edgemoor Road in Big Bear Lake. The first 20 patrons to arrive at the Big Bear Pirate Ship dock before 10:30 a.m. on June 26 will be given complimentary passes for an abbreviated tour.

"One of the promotions for our 100 year anniversary is we invite all past Holloway's customers to bring us a treasured memory or item from Holloway's Marina in the last 100 years, whether it's a photo, souvenir or what have you, and we'll give them a special treasured gift in return," said Hafen.

For more information about Holloway's Marina's 100 year anniversary or to book a tour on the Big Bear Pirate Ship visit or call 909-866-5706. For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, to make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to or call 800-424-4232.

About the Sinking of Big Bear Pirate Ship: Big Bear Lake's iconic tour boat The Big Bear Pirate Ship sank sometime during the night of Friday, February 28, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. The sunken ship was discovered at Holloway’s Marina, where it is docked, Saturday, March 1 at 8 a.m. by a Holloway's Marina employee. The cause of the sinking was due to severe weather with rain, snow and intense winds.

About Big Bear Pirate Ship: Please see attached fact sheet for more details about Big Bear Pirate Ship.

June 24, 2014

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