Chatham Community Library to host program on Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge December 1

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Community Library will host a program on Blackbeard’s famous ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge on Saturday, December 1, at 1 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room. The program will be facilitated by Chatham County resident and co-author of Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize:The 300-Year Voyage of Queen Anne’s Revenge, Linda Carnes-McNaughton.

In 1717, the notorious pirate Blackbeard captured a French slaving vessel off the coast of Martinique and made it his flagship, renaming it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Over the next six months, the heavily armed ship and its crew captured all manner of riches from merchant ships sailing the Caribbean to the Carolinas. But in June 1718, with British authorities closing in, Blackbeard reportedly ran Queen Anne’s Revenge aground just off the coast of what is now North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park. What went down with the ship remained hidden for centuries.

Having played a vital role in the shipwreck’s recovery and interpretation, Linda discusses the ship’s first use as a French privateer and slave ship, its capture and use by Blackbeard’s armada, the circumstances of its sinking, and more based on a wealth of artifacts now raised from the ocean floor. Carnes-McNaughton is the current Program Archaeologist and Curator at Fort Bragg’s Cultural Resources Management Program.

This program is free and open to the public.

Funding for this program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.