Have Captain Jack Sparrow and the infamous ‘Black Pearl’ of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise fame been sighted in waters off Lucinda, North Queensland. Both “aye!” and “nay” according to police in the Hinchinbrook Shire.
Speculation has been mounting over proposed film locations in Queensland for the latest installment of the beloved franchise, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ or ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Filming will reportedly begin at the Village Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast in February 2015, and on location in North and Far North Queensland after that. Port Douglas is believed to have been confirmed, though additional film locations are being scouted “north of Mackay,” including the spectacular Hinchinbrook Island National Park off the coast of Lucinda.
So it was against this backdrop that police in Halifax, a town in the Hinchinbrook Shire, released a press statement on October 31, stating that police received a Sunday morning telephone call from an “unidentified person” warning that pirates were about to storm the Lucinda township.
Captain Jonh Tantalo (okay, he is actually a Sergeant) of Halifax Police picks up what happened next: “So it was all hands on deck … I pulled up the anchor and set sail to Lucinda where I observed a pirate ship moored off the old Lucinda jetty,” Captain Tantalo said. “As it turned out persons did come ashore, however they were friendly visitors to our area.”
Captain Tantalo said the “would-be pirates” have been sailing up and down the Queensland coastline in a replica of Captain Jack Sparrow’s ‘Black Pearl.’ “No hidden treasure was found in the sand of Lucinda and the pirates were last seen walking the plank, I mean jetty, back to the “Black Pearl” before sailing off into the sunset,” Captain Tantalo said. “I certainly was relieved we did not have to engage in any sword fights with pirates,” he added in a tongue-in-cheek press release titled ‘Ahoy me Hearties! Shiver Me Timbers was that Captain Jack walking the Jetty at Lucinda?’
‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is expected to provide a major boost for Queensland’s unmatched tourist attractions. In the words of Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer: “With its oceans, beaches, and jungles, Queensland has an incredible array of natural environments which are perfect for our new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.” ‘Unbroken,’ directed by Angelina Jolie and ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne Johnson were also filmed in Queensland recently.
Details of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 are naturally hard to come by but Hollywood celebrities Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and hometown favourite Geoffrey Rush are expected to reprise their respective roles as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Captain Barbossa. Set to be released in 2017, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be helmed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg.
For further information about tourism attractions in Lucinda, the Hinchinbrook Island National Park itself and accommodation please visit the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort website homepage.