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Wateree River Pirates
ship and mates
Matt McCaskill (left) and Colt Shirley have been working on their boat, nicknamed Black Heart, since January. The two hope to start a Wateree River touring service by mid-June. - photo by Michael Ulmer
The Wateree River has been hit with somewhat of a pirate spirit as two Camden men have almost completed construction of a 50-foot-long, pirate-themed boat on a sandbar located along the river under Interstate 20. Colt Shirley and Matt McCaskill, who refer to themselves as the “Wateree River Pirates,” have been working on the project since January and say they are nearly finished with the boat’s construction. “We came up with the name for the group about five years ago.