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Queen Anne’s Revenge


Queen Anne’s Revenge
Despite his legendary reputation, little is known about why a young sailor named Edward Teach decided to grow out his beard and turn to a life of piracy. Blackbeard, as he became known, is believed to have lived in Bristol before setting sail for the Caribbean, where he worked on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War. In around 1716, he joined the crew of renowned pirate Benjamin Hornigold, and later that year he was placed in command of his own sloop.

It was in autumn 1717 that Blackbeard and his fellow pirates captured the French slave ship La Concorde – originally a Royal Navy ship – off the coast of Martinique. With the French crew already weak with dysentery and scurvy, they hastily surrendered, and the ship fell into Blackbeard’s hands. He made her his flagship and renamed her Queen Anne’s Revenge, and for several months he cruised the Caribbean, plundering ships along the way.
By May 1718 he had reached Charleston, South Carolina, and it was here where he made one of the most audacious moves of his career: he blockaded the Charleston harbour. Demanding a ransom of a chest of medicine, his demands were eventually met, but it was not enough to save his beloved flagship. On leaving the port, Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground, and Blackbeard was forced to abandon ship.

Queen Anne’s Revenge