Captain Edward Thatch (c. 1860-November 22, 1718), aka Blackbeard the pirate, is undoubtedly one, if not the most famous swashbuckler in history.
Nautical Archaeologist David Moore began researching the notorious pirate captain, his activities, associates, adversaries, and ships, while in graduate school at East Carolina University in 1982. He proposed that several shipwrecks associated with Blackbeard might be located with additional research and limited survey effort. Based on this initial prospectus, the archaeological remains of the Queen Anne’s Revenge were located just off Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in 1996 and the excavation of the site continues today.
The history and archaeology of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, and recent revelations about the pirate himself, will be presented by David Moore in “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: History and Archaeology” as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture Series on Monday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Moore will present an illustrated lecture focusing on the history of the pirate and particularly recent research that has fine-tuned our knowledge of the man and events; and in some cases totally changed what was previously believed by historians. Additionally, the on-going excavation of the wreck will be discussed with a brief examination of many of the artifacts recovered.
David Moore has been involved in maritime history and shipwreck research for over 35 years, including stints as a nautical archaeologist for the states of North Carolina and Florida, and conducted field research on over 300 shipwrecks dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, receiving a B.A. in Marine Science (May 1980), Moore traveled to Florida in 1983 as an archaeological consultant soon after completing course work for a Master’s degree in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University (ECU). At ECU, Moore began researching piracy and initially proposed the project to locate Blackbeard’s shipwrecks in 1982 while a graduate student.
His work in Florida included the structural investigations of the 17th century Spanish galleons Nuestra Señora de Atocha (c.1622), Santa Margarita (c.1622), and San Martin (c.1618); and directing the first deep-water (1350 feet) shipwreck excavation utilizing robotic technology off the Dry Tortugas (1990-91). As principle investigator on the Henrietta Marie Project (National Geographic Magazine, August 2002), his work led to the completion of a Master’s thesis at ECU in 1989 on the historical and archaeological investigations of this significant slave ship site that proved instrumental in the development of a major traveling exhibition that toured the U.S. and abroad from 1995 until 2008. Moore also worked on the wreck of Santa Clara in the early 1990s, a ship owned by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and lost in the Bahamas in 1564, the year before Menéndez established St. Augustine, Florida.
Born, raised, and educated in North Carolina, Moore returned to his home state in February 1996 when hired by the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. He is currently Curator of Nautical Archaeology at the museum and directs the recording efforts on the excavation of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge (National Geographic Magazine, July 2006).
The program is free to museum members, and $5.00 to non-members. The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information, call 757/727-1102, visit www.HamptonHistoryMuseum.org or Facebook/HamptonHistoryMuseum.