New Bedford has successfully survived its first pirate invasion in centuries.

Hundreds of people visited the Fort Rodman Pyrate Invasion this weekend to see pirate encampments, battle re-enactments and other family friendly amusements.

The money raised through the event is going toward the Fort Rodman-Fort Taber Historical Association and military museum.

Joe Langlois, president of the Historical Association, hasn't tallied up the total number of donations, but believes the event has been a major success.

"It has been significant. There's no question that the last three days are going to be our largest fundraiser that we've ever had," Langlois said.

Langlois added that the museum had hundreds of new visitors over the weekend from all over the area.

Admission to the invasion was free, but donations were encouraged and there was a small fee for a rare tour of Fort Rodman with a group of pirates.

This was the first event of its kind in New England, and surely had some encouraging attendance.