Mar 1, 2008

Edward Teach - Blackbeard!

As promised, an excerpt from the,
Handbook of 50 Pirates.

He was a real, ranting, raging pirate, who buried pots of treasure, and made many a luckless prisoner walk the fatal plank. Teach was a Bristol man, and learned his trade on board sundry privateers in the West Indies--an admirable school.

The distinction between "privateer" and "pirate" was only that of a few letters, and Mr. Blackbeard found it an easy step to make the change.


So off he sails with his little fleet, and blockades the port of Charleston, capturing incoming and outgoing vessels at his pleasure. Having obtained about $8,000 from these prizes, he sailed away to North Carolina, and surrendered himself to the governor, taking advantage of the King's pardon which had recently been proclaimed.

Nevertheless he held tight to his ill-gotten wealth. Soon he was off again flying the black flag. But this time the bold Capt. Blackbeard did not fare so well; for the traders and planters, wearied beyond endurance with such an unmitigated pest, besought the Governor of Virginia for aid. Accordingly, Lieutenant Maynard was dispatched to Ocracoke Inlet to fight this pirate. A battle of the utmost desperation ensued. Blackbeard fought like a tiger. At length he fell, pierced by twenty-five wounds, and the surviving pirates were only reserved that they might be hanged.

(See previous post for more information about this book of out-of-print pirate portraits, or go buy one for yourself!)


Old Cloots said...

Cool excerpt. Thanks!

an unmitigated pest

I love that...

Teresa said...

I just watched the Charles Laughton version of Captain Kidd last night - he did an excellent job of being a very nasty pirate. *grin*

Excellent excerpt. I may need to get this book too. Oh my - how am I going to get all this reading done!

Irrelephant said...

"Make her ship-shape and Bristol-fashion." GODS to get back to basics.