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Papers found on Blackbeard's ship identified

By T.K. Randall
January 16, 2018 · Comment icon 11 comments



Blackbeard had a fearsome reputation. Image Credit: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Archaeologists have found the answer to one of the Queen Anne's Revenge's most enduring mysteries.
Born in 1680 as Edward Thatch, Blackbeard was originally a privateer during the War of the Spanish Succession before turning to piracy after the confict had ended in 1713.

Sailing aboard his ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, his bloodthirsty reputation was cemented by stories of his merciless brutality and his fearsome appearance. He was even known to place lit canon fuses underneath his hat in an effort to intimidate his enemies.

The wreckage of his famous vessel was discovered along the coast of North Carolina back in 1996, offering archaeologists the opportunity to explore his many treasures and possessions first-hand.
While most of the items found aboard the ship were easy to identify, a peculiar collection of paper scraps stuffed inside the chamber for a breech-loading cannon proved to be rather perplexing.

The 16 tiny shreds contained printed words, presumably from a book that had been torn up.

Now at last, archaeologists have been able to piece together enough of the fragments to determine exactly which book the scraps had come from - a maritime tome by Capt. Edward Cooke entitled 'A Voyage to the South Seas, and Round the World, Perform'd in the years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711.'

Given that the scraps had lain underwater for centuries, this was certainly no easy task.

Source: 9news.com.au | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
He just nicked loot from passing ships. Unlike most other pirates, he was no tyrant. He commanded his vessels with the consent of their crews and there is no known account of his ever having harmed or murdered those whom he held captive. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Perhaps he was looking for a nice spot to build his Dream Mansion and watch the sunsets in his later years ... a place to call ... 'My Kingdom' ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
The Republic of Pirates would have been a good spot: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Pirates
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Nahhhh ... Ol'Blackbeard himself would more likey a place to himself, from what I've read about 'im , he isn't that particular sort that socializes well ... ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by LV-426 5 years ago
I don't know what ol' Blackbeard was reading, but I bet it was in arggghardback... I know, I know... I'll get my coat
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Git back in 'ere .. you ~   [00.00:53]   ~
Comment icon #8 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
Like the rest then. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
That's not true. If pirates didn't like their captain because he was cowardly or brutal, they voted him out. This never happened to Blackbeard who, unlike other pirates, didn't use force to get what he wanted but instead used terror on enemies. He lit fuses under his hat to frighten them. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Stiff 5 years ago
Now available on Sky TV but it's Paperview (Pay Per View?) I'd best get mine too  
Comment icon #11 Posted by _KB_ 5 years ago
Cool and all but how does this tell us where to search for his hidden booty?


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