Plot Edit

Lionel and Leona read the "Mississippi Skip and his Pirate Ship" book in the library, then Lionel dresses up as a pirate and has a game to play called "Pirates for Boys", but Walter and Clay and Leona want to play, so he talks to his mom about it and they pretend to be boys.

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To The Ship! To The Ship!
Season 1, Episode 11
Air date April 17, 2000
Written by Joe Fallon

Emily Squires

Directed by Lisa Simon
Episode guide
Episode 10: Lionel's Antlers
Episode 12: The Chap With Caps
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Fred Says: rip

Martha Reader and The Vowelles: lip

Gawain's Word: slip

Dr. Beatrice Berry: ship

Sky Words: ship, lip, rip, trip

Tiger Words: trip (EKA: Episode 03: Little Big Mouse)

Letter Bugs: trip, rip, ship (different color background)

The Un-People: unzipped/rezipped (EKA: Episode 03: Little Big Mouse)

Short Song: Sig, pig, jig (EKA: Episode 08: The Boy Who Cried Wolf)

The Vowelles and Johnny Consonanti: it (EKA: Episode 08: The Boy Who Cried Wolf)

Colored Boxes: it, hit, hip, ship, sh

Cleo sings "Shush"

Tongue Twister: seven selfish shellfish

What's Cooking With Theo and Cleo: Squished Fish on a Dish

Sam Spud: jam/jim


  • Anne Bonney: (singing) Well, first ye need a ship / And then ye need a crew / And only a leaky, creaky ship and a nasty crew will do...
  • Theo: Well now, hold on there a minute, captain. (snickers) You may just want to read about Anne Bonney.
  • Cleo: She was a real pirate who lived a long time ago.
  • Leona: She?
  • Lionel: She?
  • Theo: She!
  • Lionel: Well, blow me down.


  • Though the Mississippi Skip story and the book The Life of Anne Bonney were created for this episode of the program, Anne Bonny was, in fact, a real life female pirate.
  • This is the first time when the What's Cooking and Sam Spud segments go together.
  • Lionel will also read The Adventures of Mississippi Skip in a Season 6 episode.

Video Edit

To the Ship! To the Ship!26:47

To the Ship! To the Ship!

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