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 DAN Member Profile: Rick Allen Rick Allen strapped on his scuba gear and peered over the edge of the barge. He’d made this same dive to Blackbeard’s infamous shipwreck, the  Queen Anne’s Revenge , more than 200 times before — but not like this, not since his life-altering accident on Jan. 3, 2011.  READ THE STORY  
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Pirate Mary Read Buried! April 28, 1721: Mary Read, whose pirate associates included Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny, died of a violent fever while in prison. Her burial on this day is in the records of St. Catherine's church in Jamaica. She had been spared the noose because she was believed to be with child but here is no record of the burial of her baby, suggesting that she may have died while pregnant. READ MORE
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When the State Becomes the Pirate!  In Virginia, four men testified that after they helped Blackbeard capture the Rose Emelye , Blackbeard left the French ship and most of the crew in Ocracoke Inlet while the four carried Thatch and some of the booty inland in a smaller boat. In the wee hours of the night, the pirates arrived at Tobias Knight's property — the four crew members unloaded three or four kegs of sweetmeats (sugary food or fruit in the candy/confectionery family), loaf sugar, a bag of chocolate, and several boxes (contents unknown). According to their testimony, Thatch was in the house with Knight until about an hour before dawn, when the pirates all left. On their way out of the Bath area, the men said Blackbeard leapt aboard a small boat they encountered, demanded strong drink, got into a fight, and robbed the small crew of cash, a case of pipes, a cask of strong drink, linen, and other various and sundry items before continuing to Ocracoke. READ MORE #
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Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Stock Footage Collection! For Licensing info about our Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project library contact Nautilus Productions. READ MORE # artsandentertainment # piracy # northcarolina # shipwreck # shipwrecklaw # maritimeheritage # Pirates # NautilusProductions # Blackbeard # Documentary # StockFootage # Privateer # Archaeology # EdwardThache # copyright # QueenAnnesRevenge # McCrory # FriendsofQAR # NCDNCR # BlackbeardsLaw # NCFilm # Blackbeard300 # IntellectualProperty # lawsuit # SovereignImmunity # SCOTUS # SupremeCourt
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Blackbeard Bests Bostock! December 5, 1717: Thache overtakes the merchant sloop Margaret off the coast of Anguilla near Crab Island. Her captain, Henry Bostock, and his crew, remain Thache's prisoners for about eight hours, and are forced to watch as their sloop is ransacked. Bostock, who had been held aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge , is returned unharmed to the Margaret and is allowed to leave with his crew. In a deposition Bostock describes "Capt Tach ... [as] a tall Spare Man with a very black beard which he wore very long." READ MORE   #artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwreck #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #SovereignImmunity #SCOTUS #SupremeCourt #bostock
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Blackbeard Gets A Promotion! October 24, 1717: Blackbeard, takes command of a 12-gun sloop which he renames the Revenge . He also captures a Snow named the Sea Nymph which he adds to his growing pirate fleet. (Representative Image) READ MORE   #artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwreck #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #SovereignImmunity #SCOTUS #SupremeCourt
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Blackbeard & Nautilus Productions on the Smithsonian Channel!  Sunday Sept. 20th & Tuesday Sept 29th follow nautical archaeologists and historians in their search for Blackbeard's ship and the truth behind its sinking. Nautilus Productions provided stock footage from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project for this episode. Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, was once the most feared vessel ever to sail the high seas. In June 1718, she sank off the North Carolina coast, bringing an end to her six-month reign of terror. ("Secrets Unlocked" Blackbeard's Ship - Season 1, Episode 29) https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/video/series/secrets-unlocked/71731   #artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwreck #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #Blackbe
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U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Copyright Holders Without Remedy!     March 23, 2020: The United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Nautilus Productions cannot pursue its copyright lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. Justice Kagan wrote for the Court that the Court’s 1999 decision in Florida Prepaid Postsecondary Education Expense Board v. College Savings Bank , which invalidated the federal statute that sought to hold States monetarily liable for patent infringement, “all but prewrote” this decision by the Court. In a separate concurrence, Justice Clarence Thomas questioned “whether copyrights are property within the original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.”  Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Ginsburg, lamented that “something is amiss” in the Court’s prior precedents, while nonetheless agreeing that they control and therefore concurring in the judgment.   Nautilus, the official videographer