March 19, 1717: La Concorde is forced to return to the port of Mindin at the mouth of Loire river. Previously on March 17, stormy weather drove the ship north along the French coast and the crew was forced to shelter in the lee of the island of Groix. The next morning, the howling winds force the crew to cut loose their anchor cable and abandon their 1500-pound anchor. The ship, pushed by strong winds, manages to avoid running hard aground despite hitting sand banks as many as three times. From Groix, La Concorde then sails to the island of Hoëdic, in the Bay of Biscay west of Nantes, to wait out the storm. When the winds finally calm, the ship enters Mindin at the mouth of the Loire to replace their lost anchor and resupply for their journey to the African coast. La Concorde remains in port for nearly two weeks before once again setting sail for Africa. http://nautilusproductions.com/projects/queen-annes-revenge. Representative image.
Pirates Be Hanged! January 28, 1719: According to the log of HMS Pearl, whose sailors played a critical role in the November sea battle that killed Edward Thach near Ocracoke, N.C., two of the condemned pirates were taken from the ship and hanged on the Hampton, Virginia waterfront on this day. http://nautilusproductions.com/projects/queen-annes-revenge. Representative image.