A Student of History

March 4, 2007

Is it Blackbeard’s Skip?

Filed under: Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 5:56 am

There’s a great AP story here from NC about perhaps the final discovery of Blackbeard’s ship.  “A shipwreck off the North Carolina coast believed to be that of notorious pirate Blackbeard could be fully excavated in three years, officials working on the project said.”

Astonishingly, divers have found 25 cannon at the wreck site!  The ship ran aground in 1718, and some researchers believe it was a French slave ship Blackbeard captured in 1717 and renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge.

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2 Comments »

  1. You might be interested in a new book called “X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy.” It is edited by Charles Ewen, director of the archaeology lab at East Carolina University. It contains two articles by archaeologists on the “Beaufort Inlet Shipwreck” project; one favoring the identification, and one critical of it.

    There is no smoking gun artifact, unfortunately, so the yeas and nays have to be built on circumstantial evidence. The archaeologists have a good healthy debate going on about it all, but the state legislature and several executive departments have put a bunch of money and time promoting the wreck as the QAR for tourism purposes, so there is a bit of pressure to call it favorably.

    Anyhow, on A Closer Look: Podcast of North Carolina Historic Sites, the latest post is on Historic Bath and includes an interview with Professor Ewen on what we know, and don’t know, about Blackbeard’s time in North Carolina.

    There is a link to his book in the podcast post…I’ll make you find it there!

    Comment by chris graham — March 4, 2007 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks Chris…….

    Comment by John Maass — March 13, 2007 @ 5:54 pm | Reply


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