You can’t keep a good pirate down.
Nelson’s famed West Arm pirate ship is back on the water after an eventful winter that saw the replica vessel almost become a sunken artifact.
In late January Gary Ramsbottom’s 22-foot vessel ran into trouble and began taking on water, eventually leaning to one side. After a more than a week of trying to figure out how to get it righted and out of the water, a second attempt was successful on February 6.
The story of the troubled pirate ship received a lot of media play right across the province.
It’s back in time for the nice spring weather and summer tourist season.
Ramsbottom, a filmmaker, built the model pirate ship with the idea of using it as a film prop, but that never came to be. Instead it’s been moored in Kootenay Lake since 2010 and has become something of a local landmark.