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Captain Charlie & Crew

Capt Charlie of Capt Charlie's Family Boating Adventures

the “Lost Boy”

Captain Charlie “Lost Boy” Schoonmaker has been a lifelong resident of North Carolina. Growing up on the rivers, lakes, and shores of North Carolina has given Charlie experience in all water sports from freshwater canoeing to deep sea “bluewater” fishing. He has seen all aspects of the ocean world and can appreciate each complete & varied area of the water community. Charlie has over 50  years of local knowledge and experience exploring and boating the Beautiful Southeastern Coast of North Carolina (SENCland). He is your perfect Native South Eastern North Carolina Adventure Guide and Charter Captain.

Captain Charlie’s training as a professional educator (BA, History, 1969; MA, Guidance and Counseling, 1977) has given him the unique abilities as a captain, mate, and guide to teach numerous boating skills to everyone and he takes great pleasure in working with young and old alike. When you find the “Lost Boy”, he will be enjoying the world around him, and sharing his knowledge of the waters, equipment, and creatures with others. The “Lost Boy” is a captivating storyteller, well versed in the culture and lore of Coastal North Carolina, universally known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Charlie’s positive outlook on life and quick wit are second to none and make him one of those unique individuals that you’ll never forget. The rides to and from the numerous adventure islands and spots are always interesting with many of nature’s splendors and local history just waiting to be discovered! A camera to record these new sights is highly recommended. We are proud to be known as one of the World’s Greatest Fishing and Natural Resource areas to explore, but we are just as proud to be known as the “World’s Largest Open Air Insane Asylum!” No matter what the winds may be, great adventure destinations are always available.

Our Boat

Our Boat

Captain Charlie offers “Adventure Trip’s” on a hourly, half day, or full day basis, seven days a week starting here in Carolina Beach.  Our boat is a very roomy and comfortable 24 foot Carolina Skiff  with a quiet 115 HP Yamaha four stroke engine.  We are equipped with a T-Top for your shade and sun protection. The boat carries Garmin electronic GPS/Depth Finders and Standard Horizon VHF marine radios for our safety and comfort. We are always in cell phone range for communication and also “Bluetooth” capabilities for our sound system! This vessel is flat bottomed which  provides a most stable, secure ride and we can accommodate many individuals with special needs (wheel chairs, walkers, photography tripods). We also have marine Bean Bag chairs and other forms of seating for your comfort.  Your safety, comfort, and enjoyment are our primary concern and of course all Service dogs and other pets are welcome! 

The boat is equipped for multiple electronic plug devices so if you wish to bring your Bluetooth compatible device (or use our Bluetooth compatible sound device system!) we can enjoy your preferred music selections! And we can just “putter about” if you wish, enjoying the sights and enjoying the breeze that blows!  Sometimes just listening and taking in the quietness of the River is all you need to unwind from the daily grind. 

For your friends and family just bring some cold drinks and snacks, a hat, sunglasses, appropriate footwear , a camera, and a BIG SENSE of ADVENTURE!  Please apply your sunscreen before coming on the boat, and please no spray sunscreen…. the spray propellants make our boat deck very slippery! Thanks in advance….

Capt. Charlie is extremely fortunate to have two wonderful crew members!

First and foremost is his new

“Captain in Training” Seth Schoonmaker!

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Having a Grandson who wants to follow in his granddad’s footstep is great, but since he is Seven years old makes the feat even better! Seth holds his own Consortium card and is a legal mate and part of Capt. Charlie’s Adventures organization. Personable, likable, and always willing to help other children, Seth is a delight to have onboard to help kids learn how to recognize and find shark teeth. He can spot an Alligator with the best of them, he is an asset to have on the boat helping out in many ways. A proud young man who loves his job Capt. Charlie is indeed fortunate to have him as his “First Mate!”

And now Jill Priest adding a

land based operation to our unique adventures!

Jill Priest rounds out our organization with her gift of gab and an exuberant personality! Jill Priest holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and English from Rutgers University and is a Doctoral candidate for Architecture at the University of Hawaii. She has lived across the country, starting in Western Pennsylvania. From there, she has had the opportunity to experience New Jersey, New York City, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Park City UT, Honolulu, and now Carolina Beach. An avid athlete, Jill competed Division I Gymnastics at Rutgers andwas a member of the US Ski Team in Freestyle Aerials; where shewon “FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year” at age 33. Currently shespends her time training for American Ninja Warrior, skimboarding, SUP paddle surfing, wing surfing, and and occasional camping adventure. She has experienced the cultures in New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria…so far…. With a tenacity for play, Jill has a suitable level of experience skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, kickboxing, and climbing trees… Her world is predicated on the ideals of “If you believe you CAN or believe you CAN’T, you are RIGHT” and “Be bold, be honest, be kind, be silly!” Her exuberant personality and infectious smile wins over everyone’s hearts and she is a joy to help compliment Capt. Charlie’s Adventures and our efforts!

Call (910) 262-3474 For More Info!

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Blackbeard's Pirates Be Hanged!
January 28, 1719: According to the log of HMS Pearl, whose sailors played a critical role in the November 1718 sea battle that killed Edward Thach near Ocracoke, N.C., two of the condemned pirates were taken from the ship and hanged on the Hampton, Virginia waterfront on this day.
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Blackbeards Pirates Be Hanged!
January 28, 1719: According to the log of HMS Pearl, whose sailors played a critical role in the November 1718 sea battle that killed Edward Thach near Ocracoke, N.C., two of the condemned pirates were taken from the ship and hanged on the Hampton, Virginia waterfront on this day.

On the 28th of January, 1687, Royal Navy ship the Drake sailed into Port Royal, with onlookers spotting four pirates hung from its yardarm as it approached. The pirates; Joseph Bannister and three of his crew.

Bannister had spent over six years as a merchant captain on the Golden Fleece, running trade from Jamaica to London, but after the Golden Fleece wrecked in 1684, Bannister fell in with the pirate crowd from Port Royal; as repairing his ship would be costly. He went out on the account, and Governor Molesworth of Jamaica would dispatch ships to track down Bannister, but he would remain elusive for years.

In time, Captain Spragg of the Drake would capture Bannister and his crew near the Mosquito Coast, finding them living alongside natives. Spragg had been given the right, from the governor, to try and convict Bannister on the way back to Port Royal if he ever were to catch him, as Bannister had become known for his trickery and had escaped from situations before.

Not long before arriving in Port Royal, Bannister and three of his men had their arms bound behind their backs, and were one at a time hanged from the yardarm. The sight of the ship arriving reportedly brought great joy to Governor Molesworth, with him writing a letter to London stating:

”It was a great spectacle of great satisfaction to all good people, and of terror to the favorers of pirates, the manner of his punishment being that which will most discourage others, which is why I empowered Captain Spragg to inflict it.”

(pictured are four pirates hanged from a ship’s rigging [from Black Sails], and a look at a depiction of Port Royal [from Drain the Sunken Pirate City])
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On the 28th of January, 1687, Royal Navy ship the Drake sailed into Port Royal, with onlookers spotting four pirates hung from its yardarm as it approached. The pirates; Joseph Bannister and three of his crew. 

Bannister had spent over six years as a merchant captain on the Golden Fleece, running trade from Jamaica to London, but after the Golden Fleece wrecked in 1684, Bannister fell in with the pirate crowd from Port Royal; as repairing his ship would be costly. He went out on the account, and Governor Molesworth of Jamaica would dispatch ships to track down Bannister, but he would remain elusive for years. 

In time, Captain Spragg of the Drake would capture Bannister and his crew near the Mosquito Coast, finding them living alongside natives. Spragg had been given the right, from the governor, to try and convict Bannister on the way back to Port Royal if he ever were to catch him, as Bannister had become known for his trickery and had escaped from situations before. 

Not long before arriving in Port Royal, Bannister and three of his men had their arms bound behind their backs, and were one at a time hanged from the yardarm. The sight of the ship arriving reportedly brought great joy to Governor Molesworth, with him writing a letter to London stating:

”It was a great spectacle of great satisfaction to all good people, and of terror to the favorers of pirates, the manner of his punishment being that which will most discourage others, which is why I empowered Captain Spragg to inflict it.”

(pictured are four pirates hanged from a ship’s rigging [from Black Sails], and a look at a depiction of Port Royal [from Drain the Sunken Pirate City])Image attachment
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