Hawaii waters being
sailed by movie
pirate ship Black
By Mike Gordon
Advertiser Staff Writer
A famous pirate ship will sail into Hawai'i waters
tomorrow, but never fear, matey, it's on a
To prepare for the summer filming of "Pirates of
the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Walt Disney
Pictures is bringing the ship that serves as the
Black Pearl to Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor.
Although distinctive, the 130-foot black ship
won't look as foreboding as it did on screen,
because Disney still needs to dress it up for the
fourth installment of the successful film series,
said Georja Skinner, administrator for the state's
creative services division, which oversees the
Hawai'i Film Office.
"It's not all decked out," she said. "There is still
work that needs to be done on it. It is coming in
so that builds can begin."
The harbor is a secure facility, so the public
won't be able to view the ship up close. Find the
right crow's nest tomorrow morning, though, and
you might catch its 7 a.m. arrival.
The latest installment in the action-adventure
series will be shot on Kaua'i and O'ahu and is
scheduled for release in summer 2011.
Johnny Depp will once again star as the most
lovable pirate ever to wear eyeliner, Capt. Jack
Sparrow. The film is being produced by Jerry
Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall.
Even without computer-generated images that
complete its look on film, the Black Pearl is not
all that it seems. On the outside, it looks like a
17th-century warship but — avast! — it's actually
a floating facade.
The Black Pearl, which officially bears the name
Sunset, was built in 2005 around a 96-foot steel,
offshore supply ship by Steiner Shipyard in Bayou
La Batre, Ala., then sailed to the West Indies for
filming and then to the Bahamas. The voyage to
Hawai'i included a stop in Los Angeles.
But arrgh, those masts are for show: The 208-
ton light ship has an engine that can move it
along at 9 knots.