Saturday, April 20, 2013


The Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR) was originally a French slave ship named the Concorde. Blackbeard captured the Concorde near the island of St. Vincent on November 28, 1717 and transformed her into his flagship.

Blackbeard, from General History of the Pyrates, 1725

 The Concorde was a large vessel that carried 14 cannon and a crew of 75 men. Edward Teach (Blackbeard) increased the armament to 40 cannon when he renamed her the Queen Anne's Revenge. Along with smaller sloops, Blackbeard and his crew of 300 - 400 men terrorized shipping throughout the Caribbean and along the east coast of North America.

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:

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