Pirate Flags#2 Black Beard LbNA # 54826
|Placed Date||Jul 27 2010|
|Location||East lyme, CT|
|Found By||burning feet |
|Last Update||Jul 10 2014 |
Blackbeard the Pirate
. . . and the Presumed Wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge.
During The Golden Age of Piracy (late 17th - early 18th centuries), numerous rogues pursued their lawless and murderous trade throughout the New World. Restrictive laws passed by the British Parliament had made smuggling acceptable and even desirable in North Carolina and the other American colonies. Preying upon lightly armed merchant ships, the pirates seized their contents and sometimes killed those who resisted. Because of its shallow sounds and inlets, North Carolina's Outer Banks became a haven for many of these outlaws in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Blackbeard was the most notorious pirate in the history of seafaring. With a beard that almost covered his face, he would strike terror into the hearts of his victims, according to one early account, by sticking cannon fuses under his hat, and lighting them during battle. Reportedly a tall man, he added to his menacing appearance by wearing a crimson coat, two swords at his waist, and bandoleers stuffed with numerous pistols and knives across his chest.
The sight of Blackbeard was enough to make most of his victims surrender without a fight. If they gave up peacefully, he would usually take their valuables, navigational instruments, weapons, and rum before allowing them to sail away. If they resisted, he would often maroon the crews and burn their ship. Blackbeard worked hard at establishing his devilish image, but there is no archival evidence to indicate that he ever killed anyone who was not trying to kill him.
His flag, The devil with an hour glass shows time is running out. The spear to the heart meaning his next victims, with the blood drops meaning a bloody mess!
Rocky neck State park, east lyme.
Back side of Pavilion, up steps and left across the bridge. At the 3 paths take the one farthest to the left across southern perimeter of parking area and out southernmost road. Follow left fork past “Wrong Way” sign. 5 paces past white rail, turn left up small yellow dirt trail, and not gravel path just beyond. Follow yellow high road which then merges into the blue trail. You will see the Yellow and Blue trail post. From here follow the trail till you see a Large Boulder on left with veins around it. Go 30 paces to a small clearing. look Port side and see a large hanging slab rock with moss. head up past that slab to the top. look Port side again to a large tree in between 2 flat rocks. One with the grass moss on top, look under in the wedged rock!