With nothing else left from years at sea, Red Face Jack rowed to shore atop a keg of rum, using a battered iron skillet as a paddle after his ship, the Margarita Maker, was dashed off the rocky shores of Cape Cod some 150 years ago. Jack gathered his senses and quickly came to the conclusion that it was more than good fortune that distilled spirits and a cooking utensil helped save him from a visit to Davy Jones Locker. A lifelong sailor, Jack traded his scabbard for an apron and began catering to the needs of hundreds of sailors who passed through the Cape year-round. Jack’s food and drink became as legendary as his sea-faring tales, and from that humble beginning Red Face Jack’s Pub grew and thrived in West Yarmouth. Today, the spirit of Red Face still swirls about the Yarmouth Pub, with a legion of plasma-screen HDTVs — featuring the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and local colleges — having replaced Jack as the day’s entertaining storytellers. At the core, though, remains a Pub staff dedicated to treating its customers to hearty meals, thirst-quenching drinks, and an experience worthy of any pirate’s treasure.
Sailors and Pirates were very superstitious and would throw salt over their left shoulder. Throwing salt over your shoulder was a way of keeping the devil at bay. Early seaman believed that a sailor who died from violence or being lost at sea was said to go to “Davy Jones Locker”. Sailors weren’t the only ones that were superstitious, people on the land would say if you “Watch a ship out of sight, and you will never see her again”. If someone was sick, they would mix salt and spittle, and apply the plaster to the ear of the sick person. And most bad luck could be expelled by having the person responsible turn around to the right three times, then spitting or ………..
585 Main Steet,
West Yarmouth, MA 02673