Remembering the Infamous Edward Teach - Better Known as Blackbeard
Today marks the almost 300th year anniversary of Edward Teach or "Blackbeard" who died on this day back in 1718 off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of Ocracoke.
One of the most popular and well-known Outer Banks legends, Blackbeard's favorite anchorage was at Ocracoke Inlet which is just a ferry ride south ofHatteras Island.
Believed to have been born in Bristol, England, Teach began his reign of terror when he captured a French merchant vessel and renamed the ship Queen Anne's Revenge.
He equipped the ship with about 40 guns and soon became a renowned pirate for his monstrous appearance with a thick, black beard and fears of what he mightdo.
It is said that Teach would tie lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies. He formed an alliance of pirates and with their help; he blockaded theport of Charleston, South Carolina.
After terrorizing the port for some time, Teach accidentally sunk his ship off the coast of North Carolina in what is considered the Graveyard of the Atlantic. He survived the crash and soon after, he was back in the Atlantic Ocean causing trouble.
Alexander Spotswood, who was Governor of Virginia at the time, arranged for a group of soldiers and sailors to capture Teach and put an end to his reign.
During an intense hand-to-hand battle, Teach and several members of his crew were killed by a small group of sailors on November 22, 1718 - 295 years agotoday. His piratic adventures lasted only two years, however his legend still lives on nearly three centuries later.
A cove on Ocracoke Island known as Teach's Hole is the supposed site of Blackbeard's execution at sea. Legend says that when Blackbeard was finally caughtand beheaded, his head was hung from a ship's bowsprit and his body was thrown overboard. Witnesses recall his head continuing to scream after theexecution and his headless body swam around for awhile.
Since the execution in 1718, there have been many reports of a headless body swimming in the cove and also reports of a headless Blackbeard walking thebeaches of the cove with a lantern - searching for his lost head.
You can read more about how Blackbeard haunts the coast of Northeastern North Carolina along with several other spooky places on the Outer Banks by checking out this page on our website!
Friday, November 22, 2013