Blackbeard the Pirate

A decade or so ago (yes, I've been here that long), a Beaufort District Collection Room customer got very annoyed with me upon learning that the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge was in that other Beaufort (the one pronounced Bo fert) in North Carolina. He was most definitely in the wrong state. Although Blackbeard plied these waters, he was captured and killed off Beaufort, NC 293 years ago today.

Read more about him his final days in a History Channel online magazine article.

Maritime archaeology activities have been on-going since the ship was discovered in 1996. See artifacts and video of the recovery efforts in Beaufort, NC here.

For library owned materials about pirates, read the list on Pirates under the "Local History Treasures brought to you by the Beaufort District Collection" on the Library system's "Recommended Reading" page.

For just plain fun -- (it is the start of the holiday season after all) for a limited time only -- learn how to speak Pirate from the folks at Mango!

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.