Local swashbuckler builds a 70 foot pirate ship

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By Heidi Glaus

St. Charles, Mo (KSDK) -- It is the sort of thing little boys dream, and well, Tim Woodson builds.

"He has no plans everything is in his head," explain Bill Burkholder, who's also known around here as Barnacle Bill.

"When I close my eyes I see the ship finished. When Barnacle Bill closes his eyes, he sees the inside of his eyelids, but we work great together," adds Woodson.

It all started last summer with a slightly smaller ship complete with working cannons. As you can imagine, it got quite a bit of attention.

"It's always the thumbs up, big smiles, cameras are flashing.  I mean it's like a spaceship has landed. They love it man. I mean you don't see too many pirate ships on the Mississippi," Woodson points out.

"I was in the Navy during the second World War and I didn't see anything like this during the war," Barnacle Bill adds.

So this year, Tim decided to take things a step further.

"This will have 32 cannons and four functional cannons and a harpoon," Woodson says.

And after 40 days of sawing, sanding and even shopping, this ship is about ready to set sail.

"I'm a commercial artist and this is like the biggest art piece I've ever done, and it's just very rewarding," Woodson says.

Of course, for everyone else who steps aboard, it's a voyage made of memories.

Gypsy Rose II holds about 45 people. Captain Tim is still working out the details, but you can expect to pay around $300 for a two hour tour and that includes digging for a buried treasure. To learn more call Captain Tim at 314-477-5658.



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