Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blackbeard and the QAR

For several years North Carolina's top marine archaeologists have been diving on a sunken vessel believed to be Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. I recently learned of an article in the Los Angeles Times about this discovery. I thought this well written article would be of interest to many of our readers:,0,957843.story.

North Carolina historian, Kevin Duffus has also recently written an article about the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard, and his cargo, that I thought our readers would find enlightening. You can read it here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the autobiography of Frank Treat Fulcher. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Just read both interesting articles regarding Blackbeard and the QAR....fascinating to say the least, however, I am most intrigued with the research Ken brings to the table.

    I learned a lot from reading Ken's article. I had not considered before now that NC didn't have the "best" African American men, but rather the most capable slaves lived in VA & SC.

    I also noticed your ancestor, William Howard, mentioned in the piece. It appears he was quite clever.

    I am particularly impress with one of the final paragraphs in the article where Ken addresses the tremendous sacrifices the slaves (and their families) made during that difficult time when they were brought to Eastern NC.

    Well-written articles....thanks for sharing.

    It is truly a part of our NC history which should not be forgotten.

  2. Anonymous9:06 AM

    Oops! Meant to give credit to Kevin Duffus! I guess I was thinking of Ken Burns for a moment!!!! Sorry.....

  3. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Most interesting-thanks for the tip. While researching came across a reference to Blackbeard's "Sugar ship" supposedly sunk in Ocracoke inlet.Was the archeological dive ever completed-are there recovered artifacts?

  4. I believe what was once thought to be Blackbeard's "Sugar Ship" is now thought to be a much later wreck. Maybe one of our readers has more information.

  5. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Thank you Philip-most likely you are correct.

  6. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Interesting seems to be an understatement, to describe the earth shattering facts "records" indicate. Records-- that have been sitting around somewhere-- to be finally read and thus what were once considered Historical footnotes now become a major chapter? To think the ship was deliberately run aground, to think these trinkets; a diamond encrusted wine glass were discovered over the course of many years and now we hear of a crusty old anchor. Where is the outrage that these facts languished in some archive-- How many pirates had nick names---- Now we know the black in Blackbeard he trafficked in slaves. The other countries that played a role in trafficking slave labour-- France, the Dutch and Spain, Portugal they need to come to the table in any discussion of reparations. It was a global international injustice.