Bloodthirsty Blackbeard’s Shipwreck

While there is no danger of the Jolly Roger Pirate ship running aground in Cancun, shipwrecks make for fascinating tales and superb dive sites. One of the world’s most famous pirates, Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard, was not quite so lucky with his flagship, the Queen Anne’s revenge which sank off the coast of the USA in 1718.

North Carolina underwater archaeologists found what is generally accepted to be Blackbeard’s most famous ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge in 1996 off the shore off Beaufort Inlet, NC, USA. Take a look at this cool video that shows what they found.

In this extract, the Nautilus Productions & underwater archaeologists from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project explore the shipwreck of one of history’s most feared pirate ships.

History claims that Blackbeard deliberately ran his ship aground, causing it to sink leaving the crew marooned and destined for capture by the authorities while he ran off with the loot that he had recently ransomed from Charleston. At the highest of his pirate “career” Blackbeard was said to be captain of a fleet of 4 ships and some 350 pirates and died not long after abandoning the Queen Anne’s Revenge in a bar brawl.