Pirates for Hire!
The Moody Crewe

Who We Are

    Formed in 2007 the Moody Crewe is based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and is available for entertaining and educational   programs that can be easily customized to suit all ages and environments. Several of our school programs are designed to meet specific Virginia Standards of Learning.

    The men and women of the Moody Crewe represent the "Golden Age of Piracy"  (1680 to 1730).  Our namesake, Christopher Moody began his career as a pirate in 1714 off the coast of Virginia and was executed along with the crew of Bartholomew Roberts in Cape-Corso-Castle (Africa) in 1722.

    Where We've Been
Camp Lejeune, NC
Virginia Childrens' Festival
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Kiptopeke State Park
ECU Pirate Fest - Greenville, NC
Richmond County Library, Richmond, VA
For Kids Charity Auction
National Geographic Museum, Wash DC
Child Time Centers, Virginia Beach, VA
Harborfest, Norfolk, VA
Smoot Library, King George, VA
Tall Ships, Cape Charles, VA
Spirit of Norfolk
Pirate Party on the Beach
Surrender the Booty for Alzheimers
Yorktown Watermans Museum
Virginia Beach Historic Houses
Regional Library, Woodbridge, VA
 Nauticus Museum, Norfolk, VA
La Petite Academies , Virginia Beach, VA
Urbanna Founders Day, Urbanna, VA
OCGS Museum, Virginia Beach, VA
Flying Pirate Marathon, Nags Head, NC
Boy Scouts of America, Crewe, VA
Cashie River Center, Windsor, NC
Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA

     Our Qualifications

The Moody Crewe has over 100 years combined experience as living historians and some  members are listed with the National Registry of Living Historians.  Several of the members are certified as Black Powder experts by the National Park Service and others have won awards for historic authenticity.

    To Contact Us

   The Moody Crewe is licensed under :
    Histories and Haunts, LLC
    P.O. Box 5372
    Virginia Beach, VA 23471

    Phone: (757)469-7978
    e-mail:     click here


Coerced Confessions

 wanted to thank you and your crewe very, very much for coming to our family fun night and adding a very authentic Pirate flair to the evening! To date every person I have talked to has said it was our best event yet and that they really enjoyed you guys. It is also looking to be our most profitable event to date, which given the current economic conditions is amazing. This was my first time helping run an event of this type and although it went wonderfully I really felt we kind of left you guys to make your own way and figure out how to help. Regardless of that you all made the most of it and really spent time with the kids, played games with them, and mingled among the crowds, etc. Your independence is a reflection of you and your crewe's professionalism and experience."

Jean Van Hyning
VP fundraising
Armstrong Elem. School

     Tortured Testimonies

"The Moody Crewe performed for the Beta Sigma Phi Virginia State Convention held at the Westin, on October 18, 2014.  The theme for the evening dinner was Treasure Island and the seaworthy pirates sang sea shanty songs, and led group participation songs.  They also shared stories of pirate lore and  jokes with the crowd.   After dinner they graciously agreed to stay and have pictures taken with many sorority sisters.  We had a great time and I would highly recommend the Moody Crewe for any function where a good time is to be had by all!"

     Sincerely, Kathy Mulkey, Committee Member  


Al, thank you for bringing the Moody Crewe to Urbanna for our first Founders Day! I knew that the enthusiasm and energy you would bring to our event could only add a wonderful touch to the end result.
I had in mind that Barbara Lovelace could incorporate a trial of a pirate into the presentation of other reenactors she had in her circle of history fans, I just could not imagine how well you would work with her team, the militia and other re-enactors to bring drama and pizzazz to the event. The Moody Crewe were perfect as witnesses for the defense during the trial on the steps of what was once the courthouse for a real pirate trial!
On behalf of the Urbanna Business Association, thank for a job well done!
Steven Hollberg

"Working with Moody Crewe was wonderful from the start. The entire group was friendly, outgoing, and great with our audience. They were incredibly knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the content they were presenting. Combined with the quality of their displays they were able to keep festival-goers young and old interested. Moody Crewe represents the perfect marriage of historical re-enactor with museum-quality educational programming and will remain in our Rolodex for future events!"
Lisa M. Kopp
Director, Visitor Services
National Geographic Society
Washington, D.C.

June, 2013

"Dear Pirates,
Our daughter and granddaughter were visiting from Washington state and we all came to the Pirates, Mermaids and Monsters Cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Our granddaughter had a wonderful time talking to and singing with your crew and as a retired teacher I was keenly aware of how well you all interacted with the children. It was wonderful to watch. Thank you for what you do.

Mark and Valerie Morrison
Oct 2013

"Dear Moody Crewe,

    A huge thank you for a wonderful event you put on for us on May 2nd. We received so much positive feedback from the visitors we had that day, and everyone present had a wonderful time!  The kids really enjoyed the “School of the Pirate” as well!  I’m really excited about the upcoming camps because I know, as always, your Crewe will create a fun, exciting, and educational adventure.  The time and effort you have put into the events you have helped us with is always outstanding and deeply appreciated! "


Katie Spacek, Assistant Curator

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Lightship Portsmouth

"Al and the Crewe,
I would like to thank you all for coming to visit Camp Rock Enon for the Cub Resident Camp. All our Cub Scout Mates (and their elders) loved your program! Not only was the experience you brought to them fun, but very educational (although they never did realize it). With so many scouts participating at one time, it is hard to give them a super hands on learning experience, but your crewe did just that! 
Once again, thank you for a wonderful experience."
Teresa Sullivan

Thank you all for such a wonderful program. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the people who filled out surveys gave you all high ratings. It was awesome working with you all and we hope to do it again next year!

Kim Schmidtmann
Virginia Beach Historic Houses

August 2014
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