Stickybeard began his career as a ditch digger after being a hobo most of his teenage years for not doing his schoolwork. One day he was struck by lightning and ended up on the S. S. Diarrhoea as the cook.
The crew got upset at him, they claimed he poisoned their food, and that his hygiene was terrible. So Stickybeard was thrown overboard, and then picked up by the S. S. Haliotosis where he staged a mutiny and took over the ship with a bunch of other Liberal Pirates using latex rubbers.
Eventually Stickybeard was captured by the heroic actions of Admiral Pip Pip Nelson and Admiral Pip Pip Pip Bird of the Pip Navy who signify rank by adding Pips to their names.