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Pirate Bonnet Heads For Carolina!
August 12, 1718: On this day in 1718, "Gentleman Pirate" Stede Bonnet's sloop-of-war flagship the Royal James and two other armed sloops, the Francis and the Fortune, captured a shallop as they sailed from Delaware Bay into the Cape Fear River. The Royal James was Blackbeard's former sloop and armed with eight cannon. The other two sloops were similarly armed. All together, 46 pirates crewed them. The Royal James was badly in need of careening with hurricane season quickly approaching and Bonnet had chosen the Cape Fear estuary as a reliable shelter against storms. For the next few weeks, Bonnet's crew made repairs to the Royal James with materials salvaged from the captured shallop. In the coming month, reports of Bonnet's presence in the region would make their way to South Carolina Governor Robert Johnson, prompting him to issue an order for Militia Colonel William Rhett to command an operation "to destroy the pirate …
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Warrant Issued for Blackbeard's Arrest!
August 11, 1718:Governor William Keith of Pennsylvania issues a warrant for Blackbeard's arrest based on the belief Thache is trading with merchants in Philadelphia. "Upon an Informacon that one Teach a Noted Pirate, who has Done the Greatest Mischeif of any to this Place, has been Lurking for some Days in & about this Town I have Granted a Provincial warrant for his being apprehended, if possible to be found, & Several other petty Informacons of Late gives me Cause to Suspect that many of the Pirates that have Lately Surrendered themselves & Obtained Certificates from this & the neighbouring Governments, do still keep a Correspondence with their Old Companions abroad. To Prevent the Evil Consequences, whereof I am of Opinion it will be Convenient on the Sixth Day of the Next Month When his Majesties Act of Grace to the Pirates doth Expire, to publish a Proclamation here, Certifying a fresh the Encouragements which …
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Blackbeard Returns To Piracy! 

Late July 1718: Edward Thache sails for St. Thomas on his Spanish sloop, Adventure [II], to seek a commission as a privateer. But the lure of piracy is too great for Blackbeard and he returns to his old ways after stopping first in Philadelphia to sell some of his loot. Soon Thache and his crew sail into the Atlantic after hearing of the warrant for his arrest. http://nautilusproductions.com/projects/queen-annes-revenge.

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Blackbeard & Hornigold East of Cuba!  July 1717: Pirates Benjamin Hornigold on board his 30 gun sloop Bonnett, and his second in command Edward Thache on another sloop are sailing in the waters East of Cuba. They seize two merchant ships in quick succession. One sailing for New York from Havana is carrying 120 barrels of flour, a commodity much in demand in the Bahamas. About a week later they capture another sloop from Jamaica headed for New York with a cargo of rum which the pirates liberate from their prey. The pirate crews then sail for Nassau in early August and offload their booty. http://nautilusproductions.com/projects/queen-annes-revenge.

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A Slave Ship Arrives in Port!  June 27, 1717: La Concorde arrives at the trading port of Juida (or Whydah), present-day Ouidah, Benin. During the next several weeks, the crew trades the goods they brought with them from Europe for 516 slaves and 14 ounces of gold dust. This gold dust would later be found on wreck site of the Queen Anne's Revenge. It is estimated that more than half of the entire slave trade took place during the 18th century, with the British, Portuguese and French being the main carriers of nine out of ten slaves abducted in Africa. Around 2.2 million Africans died during the Middle Passage where they were packed into tight, unsanitary spaces on ships for months at a time. Measures were taken to stem the onboard mortality rate, such as enforced "dancing" (as exercise) above deck and the practice of force-feeding enslaved persons who tried to starve themselves. The conditions on board also resulted in the spread of fatal diseases and the suicides of the s…
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Blackbeard Pardoned! June 1718:Blackbeard takes his pick of booty and crew, after grounding the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Adventure, and travels to Bath, NC aboard his Spanish sloop, newly named Adventure [II]. Bath is North Carolina’s oldest town, incorporated in 1705, and the governmental center of the colony. In Bath Thache receives the "gracious pardon" of the Royal Proclamation from Governor Charles Eden. Blackbeard then gives the Governor a share of his plunder. Governor Eden, may have expected the arrival of Blackbeard, having just granted a pardon to pirate Stede Bonnet some time before. Eden knew that compliance with the pirate not only meant that his town would not be attacked, but that a degree of economic gain may also be in the cards. So, when Blackbeard arrived with a questionable ship laden with goods after his departure from Beaufort, Eden chooses to comply with the pirate’s orders. Blackbeard’s past crimes were, for all intents and purposes, forgiven.…
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Blackbeard Grounds His Flagship!  June 10, 1718: On or about this day, Blackbeard runs his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge aground at Old Topsail Inlet, now Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. He attempts to kedge the Queen Anne's Revenge off the bar using his sloop Adventure but runs her hard aground also. His cohort, Stede Bonnet, leaves for Bath, NC to seek a pardon from Gov. Charles Eden and renames his sloop the Royal James. When Bonnet returns he finds Blackbeard gone, the Queen Anne's Revenge stripped and former Adventure captain David Herriott marooned on Bogue Banks with Blackbeard's remaining pirate crew. A contemporary account by Ellis Brand of the Virginian guardship Lyme relates; "On the 10 June or thereabouts a large pyrate Ship of forty Guns with three Sloops in her company came upon the coast of North Carolina ware they endeavour'd to goe in to a harbour call'd Topsail Inlett; the Ship stuck upon the bar att the entrance of the harbour and i…
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Queen Anne's Revenge Stock Footage! 
Blackbeard's 300 year old shipwreck documented in 20 years of video. This is a small sample of stock footage & video from the pirate Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project available for license from the Nautilus Productions LLC shipwreck library. WATCH THE VIDEOS!
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Slaveship's Voyage Continues!  June 7, 1717: The crew of La Concorde set sail from Mesurade, in present-day Monrovia, Liberia. They had stopped two weeks prior to take on fresh stores of food and water. From there they were heading to their final African destination of Judah, the French name for Ouidah in present-day Benin. http://nautilusproductions.com/projects/queen-annes-revenge

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Blackbeard Project Images!
The Nautilus Productions LLC staff with Lucky Shot Productions and photographer Cindy Burnham has been the official video crew for the study and recovery of the infamous pirate Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge since the projects inception. This archive is the digital record of the project. Our Queen Anne's Revenge stock footage and images have been licensed worldwide in books, magazines, news broadcasts and in over a dozen documentaries airing on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, PBS, the Smithsonian Channel, the Travel Channel, ZDF and more. The images below, from the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project, are available for license. VIEW THE IMAGES

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