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Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project - Very insightful research being done....

Blackbeard (c. 1690 ? 1718)

Edward "Blackbeard" Teach was undoubtedly was one the most feared and most despised pirates of all time. Although his exact origins are unknown, Teach did begin his pirating career sometime after 1713, as a crewmember aboard a Jamaican sloop commanded by the pirate Benjamin Hornigold. By 1717 Hornigold and Teach were sailing in alliance, and in November they captured a 26 gun French vessel called the Concorde; her armament was increased to 40 guns, and she was re-named the Queen Anne's Revenge. By the spring of 1718 Blackbeard was in command of four pirate ships, and well over 300 men. Teach met his end when a fleet of Royal Navy ships surprised Blackbeard at Ocracoke Inlet in 1718. As a show of victory, the Royal Navy captain decapitated Teach and hung his head on the ships rigging. Although Blackbeard's career lasted only a few years, his fearsome reputation has long outlived him.

Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project
Underwater Archaeology Branch
3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 USA
252-726-6841 x157, 252-726-2426 fax

http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/qar/

 ***Pretty great history rich content here..thanks to the Queen Annes Revenge Shipwreck Project !
They appreciate any donation to help keep this project "afloat"!
 


    
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY    
                        SHIPWRECKS IN  THE BEAUFORT INLET AREA
    
        *       Compiled by Mark Wilde-Ramsing, QAR Shipwreck Project

Shipwreck Type Lost Where
Queen Annes Revenge ship 06/??/1718 Topsail Inlet
Adventure sloop 06/??/1718 Topsail Inlet
El Salvador snow 08/30/1750 Cape Lookout area
Susannah schooner 04/02/1753 at entrance to Old Topsail Inlet
Freedom brigantine 11/16/1769 Near Cape Lookout
Unknown brig 10/19/1769 South of Old Topsail Inlet
Betsy sloop 01/01/1771 Old Top Inlet
Unknown brig 05/??/1778 At Old Topsail Inlet
St. J. Planter unknown ??/??/1791 Near Cape Lookout
Hero schooner 02/09/1790 Beaufort Bar
Polly sloop 07/16/1793 ashore near Beaufort
Unknown brig 09/17/1814 Beaufort Bar
Antelope schooner 03/10/1815 Near Beaufort
Eagle brig 03/10/1815 Near Beaufort
Orleans brig 03/10/1815 Near Beaufort
Harriot ship 06/25/1817 Bogue Banks near Beaufort
Santa Maria ship 03/22/1819 Near Beaufort Bar

In the research files at the Underwater Archaeology Branch there are over 5,000 historically reported shipwrecks lost in North Carolina waters. Shipwrecks occurred with the first explorations of the coast in the 16th century and continue today. There are at least 184 historically documented shipwrecks in the general Cape Lookout area. The area includes ocean waters stretching from Drum Inlet around the Cape to Beaufort Inlet and Inlet waters. The causes of each shipwreck vary and include navigating the challenging Cape Lookout shoals, inclement weather, human error, or mechanical failure.

When searching the historical record for the identity of shipwreck site 31CR314, the search has been purposely narrowed to those vessels which have reportedly sunk after 1709, based on the date from the bell recovered at the site. Assigning a cutoff date is a little more difficult but given the early 18th century origin of observed and recovered remains, looking at shipwrecks occurring prior to 1820 appears to be a safe assumption. With this date range a total of 34 shipwrecks may have ended up in the vicinity of 31CR314 [see shipwreck list]. It should be noted that the locations of the actual sinking of most vessels during this period are sketchy. Therefore, shipwrecks reported to have been lost "near Cape Lookout" are included. Given the paucity of historical records from the Exploration and Early Colonial period of the Americas, there is also a chance that other vessels may have sunk in the Beaufort Inlet area that are not presently represented in the UAB shipwreck research files.

When examining the list of possible candidates by each quarter century there are only two from the abbreviated first quarter of the 18th century (1709 - 1724), Queen Anne's Revenge and Adventure. No wrecks occured during the 2nd quarter, eleven during the 3rd, nine during the 4th, and twelve during the abbreviated first quarter of the 19th century (1800-1820). Furthermore, it should be noted that no military vessels are reported sunk. It is currently unknown how heavily armed merchant vessels would have been; however, there is evidence that some may have carried as many as twenty or more cannon. For example, it has been reported that the French slaver La Concorde carried 14 to 16 guns prior to its capture.

While more research needs to be conducted to determine the size and armament of most of the shipwrecks candidates occurring between 1709 and 1820, it appears at this time that shipwreck 31CR314 most likely represents Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge. With archaeologists reporting at least 21 cannons present on 31CR314, it currently seems to be the only shipwreck in the historical record that was capable of being armed as such. This is supported by the overall artifact assemblage that points to an early 18th century vessel and the lack of other candidates from that specific period. Despite the lack of historical records from that period, it is expected that the sinking of a military vessel or heavily armed merchantman would have left a paper trail that would have survived to the present.




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