Edward Teach (Black Beard)
Edward Teach (aka "Blackbeard")
Born 1680 (best estimate) Died 1718
Possible other names used: "Thatch" and "Drummond"
Began pirating around or after 1713 under well-known pirate; Benjamin Hornigold.
Siezed French ship "Concord" in 1717. Hornigold allowed Blackbeard to claim the
Concord as his own and renamed it "Queen Annes Revenge". Armed with 40 cannons
Blackbeard began his pirating career on his own.
During battle, Blackbeard would mount as many as 7 musket pistols on his chest and two cutlass swords at his waist. He would weave cannon fuse in his hair to set fear and intimidation into his enemies.
Blackbeard's reign of terror aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge abruptly ended in a week-long blockade of the port of Charleston, S.C. in late May 1718. One week later, the QAR was lost at Beaufort Inlet.
Blackbeard was killed in a bloody battle with the Royal Navy at Ocracoke Inlet on November 22, 1718. During the action, Blackbeard received a reported five musketball wounds and more than 20 sword lacerations before dying.
It is said Blackbeard may have seized or destroyed as many as 40 or more ships.
A shipwreck was discovered
near Beaufort Inlet by Intersal, Inc. in 1996. This Florida-based
research, survey, and recovery groupóworking under the auspices of the
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resourcesólocated an
early-eighteenth-century shipwreck believed to be the remains of
Blackbeard's flagship Queen Anne's Revenge.
The site is located off Beaufort Inlet near the communities of Morehead City and Beaufort, North Carolina. The exact location is being withheld for security reasons.
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