Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rose Emelye

It is the rare visitor to Ocracoke who hasn't heard the story of Blackbeard's final hours as he battled Lt. Robert Maynard just off shore and lost his head to the victorious Royal Naval officer. Books, pamphlets, articles, poems, and movies have recounted the story, some as true as possible to the actual events, others much more fanciful.

New historical information has recently been uncovered in dusty archives in Great Britain, the Bahamas, and elsewhere. According to researcher Colin Woodard in his recent article, "The Last Days of Blackbeard," in the Smithsonian magazine, "Blackbeard, the notorious pirate, had captured two vessels [the Rose Emelye and the La Toison d’Or] more than twice the size of his own—a feat described here for the first time. He could not have known that these would be the last prizes of his career and that in just three months he and most of his crew would be dead."

You can read Woodard's excellent article here:

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  1. Debbie Leonard7:56 AM

    I was very excited when I received my copy of Smithsonian this month and saw Blackbeard on the cover. It was a very good article!

  2. Anonymous8:01 AM

    I'm waiting for Blackbeard to be on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine.

  3. Anonymous10:50 AM

    In 1979 Jimmy Buffett was pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone. In Sydney Australia, 2006, he walked the plank er off the stage , fell into the crowd, was rushed to the hospital, and received stitches in his head. New song A pirate looks at Floorty.

  4. Anonymous4:55 PM

    blackbeard was a low life criminal. too lazy to work for a living. not God fearing or morally sound. he caused a lot of grief which is why he was hunted down and killed. there was nothing good about this trash of a human. why he's even mentioned at all is a mystery.

    1. Anonymous7:15 PM

      You make some excellent points. I guess over time people have been curious about Blackbeard and somehow he became a strange hero.

  5. Debbie Leonard9:11 AM

    Blackbeard was considered my many to be a Robin Hood type character and I believe that he never killed anyone. Criminals are often made to be folk legends in certain circles.

  6. Anonymous1:55 PM

    I am anonymous 4:55. After reading the 9:11 comment I have to say that I guess your right. Thanks