Queen Anne's Revenge, a Legendary Pirate Ship (Video)
In 1717, Queen Anne's Revenge, once La Concorde, underwent a transformative journey from privateer to pirate flagship. Captured by Blackbeard off the coast of Africa, this vessel, initially commissioned by the French Crown, became a symbol of maritime terror. With a sleek build and formidable firepower, the ship under Blackbeard's command wreaked havoc across the Caribbean, blockading Charleston and challenging British dominance. The ship's renaming after Queen Anne held symbolic weight, representing Blackbeard's defiance against the Hanoverian succession.
However, Queen Anne's Revenge met an unexpected fate near Beaufort, North Carolina. Despite myths suggesting intentional wrecking for profit, the ship now rests on the ocean floor, a silent witness to its storied past. In 1996, divers unearthed artifacts, offering glimpses into Blackbeard's world, from cannons to a captain's wineglass. Queen Anne's Revenge remains both a historical relic and a pivotal chapter in the age of piracy.
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Top image: Pirate ship on the open sea at sunset. AI generated representative image of Queen Anne’s Revenge. Sources: Zaleman / Adobe Stock