Courtesy of Leon Schatz
The Devil’s Gauntlet, a replica of a 1767 dispatch carrier dubbed the Brigantine Sultana, is pictured at dock. Daniel Blevins Catalano, a Fresno native, purchased the ship from Denis Boulankine and Tatiana Boulankina, former owners of the Pet’s Delight shop in downtown Los Altos, for $1. Catalano hopes to sail the ship from Isleton to a Honduran island and then film a reality TV show featuring veterans aboard.
Before relocating to Raleigh, N.C., in 2017, former Los Altos Hills residents Denis Boulankine and Tatiana Boulankina had to divest themselves of a 91-foot pirate ship. They hoped Johnny Depp, America’s favorite celebrity pirate, would buy the Brigantine Sultana, but the ship eventually found a home with a different sort of buccaneer – Pirate Dan from Fresno.