Crew of Formidable

Ahoy Mateys! Pirate Ship FORMIDABLE was docked at the Sandwich Marina. Pirates Casey Duckett, John O’Grandy, Van MacKinnan, Brendan Hoover and Russ Tryder treated visitors to an onboard visit. (photo by Don Bayley)

Columnist Mark Snyder writes:

What an amazing time was had by all! There was something for everyone, old and young alike. There was the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark, the Sandwich Fire Rescue, Shallop Elizabeth Tilley, and the most impressive pirate ship, Formidable. The Coast Guard gave tours, demos and games, and even allowed the kids to board ship. There was an incredible art show, hosted by the Artisans’ Guild of Cape Cod. I really enjoyed the Shanty music, and a number of fantastic musical groups brought it home. There was a kid’s tent with so much for kids to do, including touching some of nature’s coolest creatures, like lobsters, crabs and starfish. The young ladies from the Green Briar Nature Center played teachers to the young children. There was the NAMA Throwdown, which pitted Chef Steve Chausse of Daniel Webster Inn against Chef Brandon Babiarz of Marshland Restaurants. There was food galore, including delicious stuff from Marshland Restaurant & Bakery and Beth’s Bakery & Cafe. Coca Cola of New England was there giving out free Cokes. And, this fun event—which was FREE to the public–was sponsored by, Stop & Shop, and NRG. Congratulations to all the hard workers that made it possible. It was really a great event for the Town of Sandwich. (Visit Mark’s Website:


(Credit: Don Bayley)


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It’s quite the festival in honor of Sandwich’s maritime history.

July 26th

Pirate Ship Formidable

Pirate Ship Formidable

10 am – 4 pm at the Sandwich Marina:   Map and Directions

Board the many interesting historic, heroic, and amazing ships from the 1600s to now:
  • 1620 Shallop Elizabeth Tilley (boat in hull of Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to shore)
  • PIRATE SHIP: Formidable!
  •  CG36500 lifeboat that rescued the 32 crew members of the Pendleton in 60’waves. Many consider it to be the most heroic rescue mission ever. Soon to be made into a Disney movie.
  •  Lobster Boat “Margaret” – 36’
  •  Sandwich Fire Boat – 40’ noted for its hi-tech electronics
  •  Coast Guard Boat – 45’
  •  Coast Guard Life Boat – 29’
  •  87′ Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark
Shop the Craft and food Fair:
  • Artisans Guild of Cape Cod juried craft fair (vendor parking onsite)
  • Food Trucks
  • Food vendors
  • Music with strolling musicians
  • Eat under the Shady Spot, hosted by the SHS Alumni Class of ’74 in a 20’x 20’ tent with tables & chairs
Rum Soaked Crooks

Rum Soaked Crooks

Enjoy the Shanty Music Tent with:
  • The Jolly Rogues
  • The Mystic Chanteymen
  • The Rum Soaked Crooks
Watch Coast Guard demonstrations:
  • Tour the first floor of the Coast Guard building
  • Games for kids on the lawn
  • Displays of Coast Guard Cape Cod



See who wins the NAMA Seafood Throwdown with competing Celebrity Chefs:
  • Brandon Babiarz – Marshland Restaurant vs. Steve Chausse – Dan’l Webster Inn
  • Emcees State Rep. Randy Hunt and Spencer Montgomery
  • Judges: Heather Atwood Food Blogger “Food for Thought,” Diane Langeland, Publisher Cape Cod Edible Magazine, and Jim Govoni, Chef at Decatur House
Check out the Thornton Burgess Society Kids Tent featuring all this fun:
  • Create your own Sea Jelly station
  • Sand painting station
  • Weave a Fish station
  • Fishing Game station
  • Fish Print station
  • Shell Match and Sea Critter Puppet Play station
  • Tidal Pool station
  • Handprint Crab
  • Paper Plate Shark Jaws
Meet our famous Captains of yesteryear:
  • Captain & Mrs. Ezra Nye, Capt. Nichols, Capt. Hoxie, Capt. William, Hannah Rebecca Burgess and more
Look up and the see the Hood Blimp circling overhead.


CLAMBAKE at TOWN NECK BEACH 6 – 10pm (See Photos Above)