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Jose Gasparilla

An 18th Century West Indiaman

 
 
Jose Gasparilla Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Jose Gasparilla Marker
Inscription.   This vessel named for Jose Gaspar a gentleman Lieutenant of the Royal Spanish Navy, who achieved great fame as a pirate headquartered on Florida's Gulf Coast.
      As leader of a mutinous uprising, Lt. Gaspar seized command of the Spanish war-sloop FloridaBlanca in 1783. Known as "Gasparilla", he captured and destroyed thirty-six or more ships in twelve years of piracy; a career ended with an attack upon a U.S. Navy warship disguised as a merchantman. He was drowned when he leaped into the sea to avoid capture.
      Gasparilla's spirit lives on as Ye Mystic Krewe boards the Jose Gasparilla each February to beseige the city's defenses with shot and shell a tradition since May, 1904.
      Successful in battle, Ye Mystic Krewe parades triumphantly through the streets of Tampa. Holding the city in a week-long festival of merrymaking, the joyous pirates pledge allegiance to a newly-crowned King Gasparilla and his Queen.
      By mandate of the Pirate King - Ye Mystic Krewe boards the ship "Jose Gasparilla" the second Saturday in February departing to return February next.
 
Location. 27° 56.417′ N, 82° 27.58′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Bayshore Boulevard south of Hyde Park Place, on the right
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By AGS Media, July 31, 2010
2. Jose Gasparilla Marker
In front of the ship of the same name
when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located at the Bayshore Marina, a City of Tampa Municipal Marina, along the Davis Channel, and at the north end of the Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa FL 33606, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dominican Proto-Martyrs of America (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bayshore Boulevard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); World's First Scheduled Commercial Airline (about 500 feet away); Site of Mirabella Fish Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hutchinson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gordon Keller (approx. ¼ mile away); Royal Yacht Britannia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles Lafayette Knight (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
Regarding Jose Gasparilla. Tampa's annual Gasparilla Celebration festivities begin with the pirate invasion flotilla, led by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla aboard their vessel, the José Gasparilla. An elaborate parade follows, featuring the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe and over 60 other charitable Krewe organizations in a spectacle which draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to the city. Various other Gasparilla-related
The <i>José Gasparilla</i> image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 31, 2010
3. The José Gasparilla
Moored at the Bayshore Marina near downtown Tampa
events follow in the succeeding weeks, including a children's parade, the Gasparilla Distance Classic marathon, and the Sant´Yago Illuminated Knight Parade.
 
Also see . . .  The Legend of Jose Gaspar , The Pirate. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWaterways & Vessels
 
The <i>José Gasparilla</i> image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 31, 2010
4. The José Gasparilla
The <i>José Gasparilla</i> in full regalia image. Click for full size.
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5. The José Gasparilla in full regalia
A mural near the marina shows the ship leading the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion flotilla.
The <i>José Gasparilla</i> image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 31, 2010
6. The José Gasparilla
Seen along the Davis Channel
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,054 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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