Blackbeard sailed the waters of the Carolina Coast and the Caribbean from 1716 to 1718. Little is known about Blackbeard’s early life. Even his real name remains a mystery. Often, the name Edward Teach is associated with the fearsome pirate. However, other sources refer to him as Edward Thatch.
Blackbeard’s appearance likely frightened those who challenged him. Tall, with a jet black beard and wild, staring eyes, Blackbeard would dress in all black, strap several pistols to his chest, and wear a large black captain’s hat into battle. Stories were also told of Blackbeard placing slow-burning fuses in his beard and hair, which sputtered and smoked. In late 1717, Blackbeard captured a large French slaving vessel, to which he added 40 canons and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. It was in this ship he and his crew sailed the Atlantic and Caribbean for almost a year before running the Queen Anne’s Revenge aground along the Carolina Coast.
In 1718, Blackbeard accepted a pardon from then-governor of North Carolina Charles Eden. Eden helped Blackbeard appear to have left piracy behind, as long as Blackbeard shared his takings with the governor. Eventually, Blackbeard was cornered by the Royal Navy on one of his ships.
At Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach, SC, you can see Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack as they lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in a battle on land, on deck, in water and high above full-sized pirate ships in a 15 foot deep indoor hideaway lagoon! We invite you to join us for an evening packed with action, competition, audience participation, romance and a fabulous four-course pirate feast. Most of all, our crew will give you memories of a lifetime.