The truth about pirates and their ships is that most pirate ships were the product of theft. Secondly, most of those stolen ships would never have made history, if it wasn’t for their latter pirate status. Pirate ships could instill fear and surrender with the mere sight of their skull and crossbones flag, and none was more notorious than the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge
Possibly the most famous pirate ship of all time, the Queen Anne’s Revenge was captained by one of the most brutal and fearsome pirates of the Golden Age of Pirates, Captain Blackbeard. According to historical records, Blackbeard was born Edward Teach, an Englishman faithful to the line of Stuart kings and queens, who named his pirate ship after Queen Anne in her honor when the throne of England and Scotland fell to the house of Hanover after her death.
The original name of the Queen Anne’s Revenge was La Concorde, a French slaving frigate, which was “acquired” by Blackbeard in one of his conquests in November 1717. Being fast and large in size, he turned La Concorde into to a fearsome pirate ship with 40 canons, naming it the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Under Blackbeard’s command, the Queen Anne’s Revenge became notorious terrorizing the high seas, becoming so infamous that the pure sight of the pirate ship could break the spirit of Blackbeard’s enemies, who would often surrender their goods without a fight. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was so successful that she led a blockade in 1718 on the port of Charleston and in only two years, the ship became infamous and heralded into the history books.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge met a watery end off the coast of North Carolina and legend has it that Blackbeard abandoned the ship with his closest pirates taking all the best booty. The pirates that remained on board were caught by the English Navy to meet a nasty end. Nevertheless, the sinking of the Queen Anne’s Revenge did not deter Blackbeard, who returned to piracy and continued his legacy.