Sunday, April 21, 2013

North Carolina Maritime Museum

The NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC houses a state-of-the-art exhibit of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. The remains of this vessel were discovered in 1996, just outside Beaufort Inlet. This ship, which Blackbeard ran aground in June, 1718 in order to break up his company of 300 to 400 men (thus allowing Blackbeard's select group of pirates to divide the plunder) has lain relatively undisturbed for nearly 300 years.

In recent years the Queen Anne's Revenge has been painstakingly explored by marine archaeologists, and many artifacts have been recovered, interpreted, and preserved. The museum exhibit includes maps, tableaux, history, and numerous artifacts including cannons, gold, anchors and everyday items on board a 16th century vessel.

Anyone visiting eastern North Carolina would be amply rewarded by stopping at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort. You can read more about the QAR project here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here:


  1. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Don't forget to remind your readers that as of now THERE IS NO PROOF THAT THIS IS BLACKBEARDS SHIP. I guess we all want it to be. Absolute proof....NO. It is just an assumption.

    1. I know that marine archeologists were reluctant for a long time to assert that this ship is the QAR.

      At this time, however, they are stating, "The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Edward Teach, also known as “Blackbeard,” during the period known as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Discovered in 1996, the QAR is recognized as a national treasure and is one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in North Carolina." (

      I'm not sure what would count as "absolute proof."

  2. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Speculation caused cnn,fox news,abc to point out the wrong boston bombers....they were red faced and looked foolish fr jumping the gun. Speculation,here-say and wanting something to be true is NOT proof.....ask anyone that has been wrongly me the beef.

  3. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Here here i agree...where IS the proof?

  4. Anonymous1:09 PM

    You got it no proof...just speculation

  5. Anonymous6:07 PM

    it's a department of tourism plot !

  6. Y'all must be kidding around, right? Nothing is ever concrete when it comes to archaeology, but they checked the grassy knoll and the QAR wasn't there... Regardless, a preponderance of circumstantial evidence points to that wreck being the QAR; no other wreck was reported to have happened at that site and it matches what was believed to be the QAR. In the scheme of things, though, it kind of doesn't really matter that much; there’s a nice place to go and learn about life aboard ship from that era of our history... Kids and adults alike.

  7. Anonymous5:44 PM

    i believe in the easter proof but i believe

  8. Anonymous5:36 PM

    come on guys we all have to believe in somehting. let them have fun with the pirate thing. it makes no difference anyway. but in then end someone will make some money over it you can be sure of that. as far as the Easter bunny, i have never had any doubt that he was real.