Finding Blackbeard, North
Carolina's most famous pirate
story and pictures by Renee
No pirate is more associated with
the North Carolina coast than Blackbeard, the latest villain in
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
To other ports and islands Blackbeard was just another buccaneer,
come to pillage and plunder.
But in North Carolina, he settled down, got married (some say
to as many as eight women), and hosted barbecues for his neighbors
and friends, including the colony's royal governor.
In North Carolina, Blackbeard lost his flagship, the Queen
Anne's Revenge, and finally, his head.
lives again, this time on the movie screen as the foe of Jack
Sparrow in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
along the North Carolina coast are closely associated with the
Blackbeard story: Bath, Beaufort, and Ocracoke.
Blackbeard received his pardon and met his bride. In Beaufort,
he lost his largest ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Off
Ocracoke Island, the pirate suffered the ultimate loss - his head.
once the capital of the North Carolina colony, today is a sleepy
quiet village with many historic houses. Well worth a visit, most
of the town is preserved as a NC
Historic Site. A ball of light, presumed to be Blackbeard's
severed head, is sometimes seen near the mouth of Bath Creek,
where the pirate and his bride had a house, during stormy weather.
an island off the North Carolina coast that can only be reached
by boat or ferry,
has many places where you can explore the life and times of Blackbeard.
a sail aboard the Schooner
Windfall out to Teach's Hole where the final battle took
down to Springer's
Point where Blackbeard reputedly held his pig-pickin'
ButBeaufort, NC,hit the Blackbeard lottery. The Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR)
went down at the mouth of the town's harbor, and after its remains
were rediscovered in 1996, the NC
Maritime Museum on the Beaufort waterfront became the designated
depository for artifacts recovered from the famous 1718 shipwreck.
June, 2011, the Beaufort branch of the NC Maritime Museum opened
exhibit featuring artifacts from the QAR never seen before.
can take a ghost tour of Beaufort, featuring the reputed ghost
of one of Blackbeard's "wives"' at the Hammock House,
Beaufort's oldest surviving home, and the reputed headquarters
of the infamous pirate.
you prefer a much livelier time, visit during Beaufort's annual
Invasion in August. The town comes alive with sword-fighting,
jig-dancing, horn-piping, cannon- firing, and plenty of grog drinking,
as Capt. Horatio Sinbad and his pirate friends take over the town.
on the career of Blackbeard and the Pirate
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