Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pirate Bill Johnston to Appear

Clayton, New York (May 11, 2011) – Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced today that Thousand Islands legendary pirate, Bill Johnston, will appear in Frink Park during the event.

Legend has it that Bill Johnston was a renegade privateer during the War of 1812, the same era in which visiting tall ship Lynx originally sailed. Johnston was accused of attacking supply boats, robbing mail couriers, burning ships, smuggling rum and overseeing the attack and sinking of the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel. He hid among the 1000 Islands while being hunted by authorities for his actions before settling in Clayton in the early-1800s.

Johnston is better known these days for invading Clayton’s neighboring village, Alexandria Bay, each August during the annual Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. He also had a presence this past winter during 1000 Islands Privateer hockey (Federal Hockey League) games at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center.

Johnston is expected to return to Clayton and make an appearance at Frink Park on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and be available for photographs alongside tall ship Lynx.

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