Passengers commuting to and from the North Shore aboard the SeaBus last Friday found themselves surrounded by a horde of pirates who congregated for an ocean-faring party in the middle of Burrard Inlet.

Over 300 people dressed as a variety of pirates stormed the Waterfront terminal in front of chuckling commuters and TransLink employees. The flash mob was organized almost entirely through the social networking site Facebook, which become essential for spontaneous guerilla pillow fights, art installations, and theme parties across the city.

Participants in the event, dubbed Pirates of the SeaBus, gathered at Waterfront Station and boarded two consecutive SeaBuses departing for Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Upon arrival, they spilled out onto the docks and began dancing to old seafaring songs. Two live bands, the Creaking Planks and Toot a Lute, played both on the ferries and at the terminals, provoking chants of, “Ah-yo hoho, yo hoho!” in spontaneous singings of sailing songs. The night ended with a surprise performance by Empire Alley, complete with mix board and speakers, in front of Waterfront Station.

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