It’s likely Edward Teach didn’t need much to scare his enemies. After all, the notorious pirate better known as Blackbeard boasted a thick mass of facial hair so intimidating that it got immortalized in history.
- “COMMANDER’S COMMENTS” – We actually cover this in our weekly radio broadcast, TreasureTalk on TreasureForce Radio, since it was pretty ironic that Blackbeards sword was found and announced the same weekend that the new Pirate’s of the Caribbean movie came out.
- “COMMANDER’S COMMENTS” – Captain Edward Teach (1680 – 1718), better known as Blackbeard, a pirate who plundered the coasts of the West Indies, North Carolina and Virginia. According to WikiPedia: Little is known about Blackbeard’s early life. It is commonly believed that at the time of his death he was between 35 and 40, and thus born in about 1680. In contemporary records his name is most often given as Blackbeard, Edward Thatch, or Edward Teach, and it is the latter which today is most often used, but several spellings of his surname exist—Thatch, Thach, Thache, Thack, Tack, Thatche, and Theach. One early claim was that his surname was Drummond, but the lack of any supporting documentation makes this unlikely. It was the custom of pirates to use fictitious surnames while engaging in the business of piracy, so as not to tarnish the family name. Thus, Teach’s real name will likely never be known.
He also numbered among the first corsairs to fly a black flag with bones on it. And, according to some accounts, he had a habit of lighting fuses beneath his hat, a halo of smoke giving the bristly sea dog a decidedly demonic aspect.
- “COMMANDER’S COMMENTS” – In those superstitious days of old, I would think Blackbeard was very scary and most were assured demonic. Think this would work for me?
But archaeologists now suspect they’ve found one more clue behind the pirate’s menace: what could very well be Blackbeard’s sword, or at least part of it. National Geographic published photos released by a team that has for over a decade been excavating the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which was Blackbeard’s flagship until it ran aground in an inlet off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. These include fragments of a gilded hilt and pommel, possibly of French design (Blackbeard’s ship was a retrofitted French merchant vessel). The shipwreck has been worked on since 1997. NatGeo has more pictures of objects recovered here.
- “COMMANDER’S COMMENTS” – Now this is an AMAZING ARTIFACT. With all the Collecting Craze of anything authentic Pirate, much less one of the best know Pirates, I would float I guess this would easily bring north of $1.2 million on the collectors market and if competition is created it could easily to $4 million (mark my words and follow its future)
Before abandoning the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard used it in a daring 1717 blockade of the port of Charleston, S.C, where he and his fleet successfully managed to obtain ransom from the British colonial government for the town and its inhabitants. But troops dispatched from Virginia would eventually catch up to him — after he had already abandoned his flaghsip — and in a fearsome sea fight Blackbeard was eventually surrounded and hacked to death.
His headless body was then tossed into the ocean.
- “COMMANDER’S COMMENTS” – Story goes the Britt’s (according to our team’s very own Britt, Sherlock, that they quartered him and did in fact, lop off his head. But the head was kept as proof of the fall of the famous Pirate and the rest became…well fish-food.
The pirate may now languish in Davy Jones’ Locker, but his likely blade may have been brought to light — further evidence of how Blackbeard’s bite was as bad as his bark.
- “COMMANDER’S COMMENTS” – Check out the original story as posted at the Times Newsfeed and the various photos they have linked as well. Plus they have a very good portrait of the old Pirate himself.