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It’s been more than 16 years since the last pirate-themed show outside of TI, then Treasure Island, on the Las Vegas Strip. The original, family-friendly show, held on what was known as Buccaneer Bay, shuttered in 2003. The property launched a “Sirens of TI” in its wake.
Take a trip down memory lane with some photos of the explosive, swashbuckling show performed thousands of times.
Do you remember when Treasure Island featured a pirate theme? Captain Greg Zuniga sure does, as he captained the pirate show held outside the resort for the first and last of its 16,000 shows. He made his final swing into action at the last show on July 6, 2003.
The original Treasure Island marquee featured a pirate-themed skull and crossbones. The sign was dismantled in 2003 to make way for a new multi-colored TI logo.
Cannons blasted during the free performance before thousands at Buccaneer Bay outside Treasure Island on the Strip.
The show’s pirate pyrotechnics were pretty lit.
Spectators gathered along Las Vegas Boulevard to record the free show on their high-tech camcorders.
And watch British captain Mark Steelsmith go down with his ship six times a day, six days a week.
They could see the British prepare for battle.
Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without a high dive. A pirate took the perilous plunge into Subway – check that – Buccaneer Bay.
Explosions rocked both the boat and crowd.
Cast members jumped ship for the last time on July 6, 2003.
Performers took their final bow before thousands of fans gathered on the Strip.
Treasure Island, pictured here 1998, received a makeover in 2003.
The pirate show walked the plank and the pirate theme at the resort was no more.