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 is lost; as is one of the sloops the other two Sloops being slill in there posession with two hundred and 30 of the pyrats they continue togeather given out they design for Cureico and others of the Islands; when they first came on this coast there number consisted of three hundred and twentie, whites and Negroes, the rest haveing been to surrender, some to the Governor of No Carolina and severall are come into Virginia I am told by a Man that left them, about seventeen days since that the two Sloops crews are fallen out and it was expected they would engage each other if there disputes are not soon reconcil'd Amongst them; I have enquir'd of severall people that are Acquainted with the place they are in att, and they all agree they are not to be come at with a Ship. I shall use my utmost endeavors to informe my self of them and that part of the coast they most cruise upon and if it is possible for me to distroy them notwithstanding they are not soe much superior to me, in number as One hundred and thirtie men. I shall not fail of doing my endeavour." Representative image. http://nautilusproductions.com/projects/queen-annes-revenge.
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