Jerry Blackwelder

In 1718 the nation’s most notorious pirate, Blackbeard, established his base of operations in Bath, North Carolina. Later that same year he was killed in a battle against the British Royal Navy in Ocracoke inlet. The rein of terror from the king of all pirates came to an end.

Born Edward Teach around 1680, as a young man Blackbeard pursued a seafaring career as a privateer and first spotted the Carolina coast. By 1718 he had amassed an armada of several ships. He blockaded the harbor at Charleston for almost a week, stopping and plundering all ships entering and leaving. Afterwards he sank his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, in Beaufort inlet. 

He redirected his piracy northward along the east coast from the warm Caribbean waters. But on November 22, 1718, he was caught in a battle near Teach’s Hole at Ocracoke Inlet and killed. 

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has launched a year-long project called Blackbeard 300 to draw attention on the piracy along the coast and its effect on our history.

You will find a variety of venues in the coastal area with exhibits focusing on Blackbeard’s exploits in and around his home base of Bath.

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