|Ornate Gate to Pirate Alley, French Quarter, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
(Velvia slide film. Click on image for larger view.)
Another picture from the Hank's Seafood cookbook? Yes, you guessed it. But what, might you ask, does a cookbook have to do with pirates? Nothing really. This image just happens to portray the gate to Pirate Alley in the French Quarter, which hints at Charleston's historic past (plus it makes an interesting topic of discussion for this post).
Pirate Alley is adjacent to the Pirate House, a purported hangout for buccaneers in the early 1700's. Although there once were pirates in colonial Charleston, they are now safely tucked away in history books, and the only ones likely to be seen today are in costume, leading walking tours through the city.