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Captain Pugwash originally appeared in the first 12 issues of Eagle comic, before moving to television. Pugwash was created and animated by John Ryan, and Peter Hawkins (who provided the “flobbalobs” for The Flowerpot Men) performed all the voices.
It was by today’s standards a rather crude attempt at animation which nevertheless found a place in our hearts, probably because of the strength of the characters it featured.
First appearing on television in 1957, it was updated to colour in the 1970s.
Captain Horatio Pugwash was a rather rotund kind-harted pirate who captained the vessel the Black Pig, ably assisted by a hapless and work-shy crew which included Master Mate, able seamen Barnabas and Willy, and Tom his loyal cabin boy.
Contrary to popular belief (and urban myth), the series never ever had any of the more colourful characters it is often credited with. “Master Bates”, “Seaman Staines” and “Roger the cabin boy” have all been invented since the series went off the air in the 70s
The Captain’s sworn enemy was Cut Throat Jake, barbarous pirate captain of the Flying Dustman and his band of ruffians. Pugwash was a pretty useless pirate and leader really and inevitably had his bacon saved by the young cabin boy.
The good Captain returned to the small screen in 13 new stories entitled The Adventures of Captain Pugwash in 1998. Luscious Lill was one of the new characters complementing the old favourites as they plied the seas around the island of Mucho-Buffo.
Tom the Cabin Boy
Cut Throat Jake