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On Becoming Pirates

Eric, Sabrina, and Ariel Lavender of Charleston Pirate Tours

Ongoing Research

Avid researchers and native South Carolinians, their expertise extends well beyond piracy to include all aspects of Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry.


When they're not entertaining tour guests, you can find them in the state archives or at the South Carolina Historical Society researching primary resources for the interesting tidbits and details that set their tours apart from others.  Eric keeps telling Sabrina that he needs to go to Nassau and Jamaica for research.

In 2009, Eric and Sabrina threw away their corporate suits and became pirates, launching their own company, Charleston Pirate Tours.  With backgrounds in tourism, theater, and marketing, along with pet parrots, a walking tour company with living history components made perfect sense.  Their daughter, Ariel, pitches in to help, too!     


Giving back to the community is very important to us.  We donate a portion of all sales to the Powder Magazine Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Charleston, and support non-profit groups across the country with donations and special appearances.

Research by Charleston Pirate Tours
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