Pirate Passengers is a magazine story.
Bulstrode the grumpy barge was bored. He watched Thomas pull up nearby with some coal trucks. He boasted that he used to carry coal just like Thomas. Then, Mavis puffs up pulling stone from the quarry. Bulstrode boasted that he used to carry heavy loads of stone. Thomas and Mavis felt sorry for Bulstrode. The carnival was to be held soon and Thomas had an idea which he told to the Fat Controller, who agreed. Bulstrode was taken to the works where he was turned into a pirate ship! He was then hoisted onto a lorry and took part in the parade as an olden-day pirate ship. His crew even dressed as pirates. Bulstrode was very happy.
- When at the works, Bulstrode's hull is covered over with planks of wood but when Thomas takes Bulstrode back to the beach, the wood is gone.