Before Jack Sparrow, There Was Captain Tom Bristol from “Under the Black Ensign,” Standing Five Stories Tall

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"Under the Black Ensign" by L. Ron Hubbard features Captain Tom Bristol, who will be seen—all 60 feet of him—November 30 at the Hollywood Christmas Parade

60ft Tall Captain Tom Bristol, appearing November 30th, to the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

60ft Tall Captain Tom Bristol, appearing November 30th, to the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Yesterday, You May Have Been a Pirate

It is an interesting observation how history has painted the pirate—or buccaneer—as the bad guy. Yet, it is that very same pirate we cheer on, not as a victim deserving our sympathy, rather a free spirited adventurer, living life to its fullest. And so it will be for Captain Tom Bristol, lately of the cruel British ship the HMS Terror, where he had been press-ganged into serving (Under the Black Ensign, He has now been freed and is coming to Hollywood to navigate the narrow straights of Hollywood and Vine and Sunset Boulevards this coming November 30 to help Los Angeles celebrate another year of growth and to toast in the New Year for continued prosperity.

Perhaps Captain Bristol is here to not only tell his story, but perhaps clear up a few things about the truth of what passes as history. As researched and told by L. Ron Hubbard in his essay, “Yesterday, You May Have Been a Pirate,” he writes, “History has been singularly unkind to the buccaneer. History tells us that, today, we have no buccaneers because of radio and steam navies. But history is written—rarely enacted—by men behind cluttered desks who go home each night to a roast beef dinner and a double-spring mattress. The historian has forgotten, patting his full stomach, everything except the fact that buccaneers used to scuttle ships and slit throats. The historian fiercely deplores this two-century saga of the sea, branding it with Teach, Morgan and L’Olonnais. When the historian wants to travel aboard a liner far better appointed than his own home, for all the taste of the sea he gets, he might as well have put up a few nights at a local hotel. As a matter of sober fact, if the modern steamer were less well appointed and if the crew still ate salt horse and dried peas and drank green-scummed water, we would still have buccaneers, radio and steam notwithstanding.” For the entire essay, go to

Stories from the Golden Age is a line of 80 books and multicast unabridged audiobooks containing adventure, mystery, science fiction, fantasy and western tales written by L. Ron Hubbard, one of America’s most prolific and bestselling authors of the 20th century. For more information, go to

The Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place Sunday, November 30, with a concert starting at 4:50 p.m. and parade immediately following at 6:00p.m. For more information on the parade, go to

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