On this date in 1718 (that's 290 years ago) the pirate Blackbeard was confronted and killed just off shore of Ocracoke. Today at 2 o'clock pm a group of more than 50 pirate reenactors, dressed in period attire replete with cutlasses, flintlock pistols and cannon, will assemble at the site for a 45 minute ceremony featuring period music, a newly-composed pirate shanty, an elegy, the floating of a wreath and a 23 gun salute for each of the 23 pirates and King’s sailors who were killed in the battle. It should be quite a production!
The event has been coordinated and sponsored by Blackbeard’s Crew, a Virginia-based living history performance group, and by Kevin Duffus, a Raleigh, North Carolina, historian and author of the book, The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate.
Our latest "newsletter" is a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, with information about my forthcoming book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, which is expected to be available by mid-November. Click HERE to go directly to the web site to learn more.