Blackbeard Quick Fact #6: The Queen Anne’s Revenge

In the days leading up to the release of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure (April 28,2016 – Franklin/Kerr Press), I will give my readers–or anyone with interest in the legendary pirate–some notes I took as part of my research for the novel.

These notes will lay the background for Blackbeard, many of which did not make it into the novel. For the items that did make it into the novel, don’t worry, there will be no spoilers. You can read all of the facts here. 

Early in his days as a pirate under the tutelage of Captain Benjamin Hornigold, they assaulted and captured a French ship named Concorde off the island of St. Vincent on November 28, 1717. At this point, Blackbeard served as a second-in-command.

Blackbeard, or Edward Teach as he was known then, was anxious to have command of his own ship. He asked Hornigold if he could have command of the new ship.

Hornigold saw that the young pirate held much potential and agreed to Blackbeard’s request.

Soon thereafter, Hornigold retired as a pirate, taking the King’s Pardon–which was basically a Get Out of Jail Free card for pirates of the day.

Blackbeard assembled a new crew from many of Hornigold’s men and rechristened the 200-ton Concorde the Queen  Anne’s Revenge.

In the next Blackbeard Quick Fact, I will tell you of the Queen Anne’s fate and recent discovery.

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