Once 616 Anderson Road; before that, 748 Mulberry Lane
Under 200
Former residents
Rob Roy, Lisa Davis, Joe Finkel, Dan Glendening, VickieWilk, and Griffin Walker
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The Pirate Ship (aka The Pirate House) was known for its amazing theme parties (e.g. James Bond, Michael Jackson) and gained notoriety for hosting a number of musical acts.

It was originally located at 748 Mulberry Ln. and went by the name the Filthy Whore. Unfortunately, after a number of noise violations and graduating housemates, the Filthy Whore was forced to hoist its anchor and move to a new location in 2005. This new locale was at 616 Anderson Rd. (not too far from their old location). The ship's new location featured a swimming pool and other high-class luxuries (such as an outdoor bar) only afforded to high society playboys like the pirates.

This second location had been a show house in the late '80s (under different ownership, of course), and bands such as the Replacements, Violent Femmes, Meat Puppets, Camper Van Beethoven, Savage Republic, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, and local bands like Thin White Rope, Game Theory, the Avengers, and the Popealopes played there. Thus, the pirates of 2005 started hosting music acts at the house. Unfortunately, the landlord gotten word of the pirates' show website and had heard from the neighbors that the residents were "operating a night club." This resulted in an ultimatum from the landlord and the pirates hence had to agree to no longer host shows or parties. They broke the agreement only on a rare occasion, as a pirate's word is held very highly.

The Pirate Ship as an entity at 616 Anderson closed up shop during moving day, late August 2005. Rob Roy and Lisa Davis, former pirates, then moved to 720 Anderson, home of the famous Bomb Shelter. Despite this fact, 720 is not commonly regarded as a "new" Pirate Ship.


Pirate Ship Party: Amy and Sharon's Birthday — This was actually the only 'true' party at the 616 Anderson location in 2005. All other events that year were shows.

• The house hosted the Expired Ice Cream-Eating Contest.

• The house held an 11-hour extravaganza featuring 13+ music acts.

Acts (alphabetically)

The pirates had this compilation available for $1. It featured live recordings of all the acts that played the house that yea• Andru Bemis

• Anna Oxygen

• Antennas Erupt

• Artis the Spoonman

• Art Lessing

• The Avengers

• The Backups

• Barr

• The Black Dahlias

• The Boticellis

• Bottle of Violins

• Camper Van Beethoven


• Casiotone for the Painfully Alone


• Citizens Here & Abroad (show moved to 720 Anderson)

• Corpus Callosum

• The Dead Science

• Death Sentence: Panda! (Chad Stockdale/Kevin Corcoran duo)

Diciembre Gris

• Downy Mildew

• Duckmandu

The band Thin White Rope at the Pirate Ship, 616 Anderson, circa 1985• Eat the People

•E-Zee Tiger

• Game Theory

• Garrett Pierce


• Grey Bouquet

• Jackals

• Jason Webley

Joe Finkel

• Judgment Day

• Judith & Holofernes

• Le Flange du Mal


• The List

• Meagan Baker

• Meat Puppets

• Militant Children's Hour

• The Minds

• The Observers

• Onion Flavored Rings

• Oscillating Innards

The Playboy Millionaires

• Mister Metaphor (show moved to 720 Anderson)

• Park Avenue Music

• Savage Republic

• Sex With Girls Is Rad

• Sexy Prison


• Snowsuit

• Some Assholes

• So So Many White White Tigers

• Straightjacket

• Suicide Squirrels

• The Replacements

• This Song Is A Mess But So Am I

• Ten Foot Faces

• Thin White Rope

• Violent Femmes

• The Weegs

• Will Power

• Wow LSD!

• The Yellow Swans

The Zim-Zims


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What's this house that looks like a pirate ship on portage bay east? — KenBloom