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Date of Issue: March 08, 2007

Privateers seek name for ship

privateer skully

The Anna Maria Island Privateers want to name their heretofore nameless float, and they want Manatee County youngsters to do the naming.

The boat-float is only fairly new, replacing the smaller predecessor in 1999. It is famed for its appearance in parades, festivals and other celebrations around the Tampa Bay area.

The Privateers are making a contest of it, open to all Manatee County students from kindergarten through high school. The winner will become an honorary Privateer for a day, and invited to dress as a pirate and ride the boat-float in the Fourth of July parade on the Island.

There's only one special requirement: Use the word "Skully" as part of the name - that was the "pirate name" assigned by his shipmates to Jim Hungerford, who died last November after a long career as a volunteer Privateer.

A native of Ohio, Hungerford came to the Island in 1971. He was a fiberglass master who was instrumental in the building of the Privateers ship.

Entries must be mailed by April 7 to Anna Maria Island Privateers, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218. Application forms are available at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or may be downloaded from www.amiprivateers.org.

The winning name will be unveiled at the DeSoto Parade April 28.