Ship boat

Ferg’s buys the Gasparilla pirate ship, open for photos now in the yard

They may be the Rays’ unofficial pregame bar, but it’s another Tampa Bay team that comes to mind with Ferg’s Sports Bar’s newest addition. The popular EDGE neighborhood bar and grill recently purchased a Gasparilla Parade pirate ship (because why say no when such an opportunity presents itself?) and the ship is now on display in front of the beloved St. Pete’s establishment.

Guests are invited to take photos with the pirate ship, which arrived on Monday afternoon, although at the moment the owner is asking people not to board until it has been moved to its location permanent. Once there, guests will be able to board, and staff say the ship may soon be available to rent for parties. Rum and cokes on the poo deck, anyone?

The boat was the former vessel of choice for the Bonney-Read Krewe at Gasparilla parades, and it will now add some Buccaneers flair to the sprawling sports-centric hotspot. Between the views of The Trop, the seasonal thunderstorms bringing daily lightning, and the decidedly rowdy atmosphere of the beer garden, this room completes the celebration of Tampa Bay’s pro sports teams at Ferg’s.

According to a Tampa Bay Times report, Ferg owner Mark Ferguson purchased the 20-year-old vessel, named Vanity, for $33,000. And it’s not the first time the bar’s namesake has bought a bit of local history to display. It wasn’t until a few years later that Ferguson purchased the iconic spinning globe sign – formerly at World Liquors – and installed it outside “World Famous Ferg’s”.

Stay tuned for more information on what Ferg’s decides to do with its new nautical addition. And if you stop for photos, be sure to check out the pizza ATM in front of Ferg’s.