Scuttlebutt-May 8th, 1685

So what is it you do at events, you may ask?

That depends on the nature of the event and the period portrayed. Generally our goal is to educate and entertain our public through presentations and personal interactions. For example, at a Privateering event, we offer a short discourse on the nature of Privateers in the 17th Century, including tactics and weapons demonstrations. Sword fights, small arms firing of period correct guns, and of course our favorite, the Cannons! (Cover your ears!) We also feature working, hands-on, kid friendly demonstration machinery to give our audience an idea of the kinds of work done by sailors of that day, as well as displays of livestock, period foods, and many other visual displays, along with our knowledgeable crew to elaborate on the items we present.

In Western mode, we generally perform rip roaring skits with as much gun fire as we can work into them.

All our performers are certified, insured and safety trained and re-trained constantly. Safety in performance is ALWAYS our primary concern.

Sometimes we are invited to events where we are roaming costumed persona’s, such as in Californio or Revolutionary War celebrations. In our unique demonstration of Civil War Confederate Blockade Runners, our aim is to educate.  We are the only group in the United States to present this segment of American History.

Though we are not a “For Profit” organization, we are professionals in every sense of the word.  We are also “Guns for Hire” on occasion and usually available to work public or private events at reasonable rates.  Interested parties may contact us online or in person at any of our events.

I hope this gives you an overview of the scope and breadth of our crew’s activities and that you’ll join us, either as an observer or possibly sign on with us. Either way, we’d love to meet you, Mates!

Scuttlebutt-May 7th, 1685


Welcome to the Maiden Voyage of the Rogue Privateers website and          Scuttlebutt from the Poop Deck– our newsletter.  Thank you for visiting!

We have much to share with you.

But first, allow me to introduce meself. I am Roger Cochoran, called Roger the Red by me mates.  Gunner aboard The Privateer ship “Morning Star,” a 10 gun Sloop-of–War.  I am a chronicler of our crew, our many voyages and adventures through the realms of Living History plus Entertainments and Re-Enactments.

Though I write from the viewpoint of a 17th century privateer-man, our members recreate the daily lives of men and women in many historical periods.  From Elizabethan Sea Dogs through GAOP (Golden age of Piracy), the Colonial and Revolutionary Americas, the Californio Era,  Civil War Confederate Blockade Runners (we are the only crew in the USA to portray these rebel sea men), Old West, Victorian, 20th century American (1940’s), and Steam-Punk, our members have presented accurate historical representations in all of these Eras and Genres.

Many of our members have worked in well known film and television features, including HOOK, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, History Channel’s TRUE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and many other projects.  Our ranks include writers, editors ,publishers, poets, musicians, and many of our Nation’s Honored Vets, all dedicated to educating the public with the most accurate recreation of each era we portray. This is our Mission.

If this dedication to history appeals to you, we are always recruiting those eager to join our ranks.  Check back with our Webpage and Newsletter often. We’ll keep you informed of our upcoming events and would love to meet and talk with you, and maybe even sign you on to our roster, if that be your wish. So welcome aboard, Mates!

Yr. Humble Roger the Red

The Latest Scuttlebutt… A Scuttlebutt was a water barrel or keg that tall ship sailors would gather around for a drink and a bit of gossip or news.  It has   come into modern usage meaning the “Facts or Breaking News” with a side of Gossip thrown in for good use. THEREFORE…


We Rogues…

This historically accurate crew of privateers portrays the life of pirates with letters of marque (aka privateers) during the golden age of piracy, circa 1620-1720. The crew was brought together in order to participate in West Coast re-enactment events.

The crew is comprised of re-enactors from many different pirate groups as well as non-affiliated re-enactors so the emphasis is on cooperation and the achievement of common goals. These goals include educating the public on the accurate portrayal of privateers in North America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe during this exciting period of naval history.

The setting for our living history presentations is our land-based encampment between sailing journeys because we can reach out to more people on land than aboard a ship. In addition to portraying life in our home port, we also demonstrate the use of period weapons in ship-to-ship combat such as flintlock style small arms, cannons, and sword fighting. We also present demonstrations of basic seamanship and period music.

Our historically accurate presentation reflects the culture, language, attitudes and dress of the time period. However, we must adjust this to a certain extent because some mannerisms and behaviors common to the era are no longer accepted in modern society.

Despite all the parameters, standards and restrictions, we are about having fun! If a crew member is not having fun, then it certainly will not be fun nor memorable to those who observe and interact with us.