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    Aye! I've seen a ship with black sails and crewed by Hawaiians!

    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
    peaceful voyage.

    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.

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