Want to see a part of pirate history? The infamous pirate Blackbeard sailed a ship named Queen Anne’s Revenge into the history books. Now you can drive to the Florida Keys and see it too! OK, so it’s a replica… believe me, it’s still AWESOME!
Here’s a quick history lesson on the real ship before disclosing the Keys replica location. 🙂 During the Golden Age of Pirates in the late 1600’s and the early 1700’s lived Blackbeard the most famous pirate in history (besides Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow). 🙂 His real name was Edward Teach (also listed as Thatch) and stood an intimidating 6’4″ while wearing a crimson colored coat covered in swords, daggers & guns. Oh yeah, to scare the pants off others he lit cannon fuses sticking them under his hat during raids portraying himself as a smoke-looming ghostly terror! His flagship was the Queen Anne’s Revenge (a captured French vessel “Concord”) which he rearmed with 40 cannons.
He pirated for only 1-1/2 years from early 1717 to late 1718 and looted a sum of 16-20 ships in his career basing his operation out of Nassau’s New Providence Island in the Bahamas. His posse at its height included 4 ships and 300-400 pirates. In a scheme to keep most of his booty (treasure) for himself, they headed for Top Sail Inlet, NC where he scuttled Queen Ann’s Revenge leaving most of his men stranded on a sand bar to die. He then transferred the gold to the Sloop “Adventure” and headed to Ocracoke Island, NC. It’s here at Ocracoke Inlet when sailing out to confront two British Man-Of-Wars (ships) where he met his demise being tracked down then beheaded by Lieutenant Robert Maynard on November 22, 1718.
You can find Queen Anne’s Revenge historic replica docked behind Steamers Raw Bar & Grille. Go to Mile Marker 108.1 bayside and take the access road once on the 18-mile stretch bridge and follow the road to its end.