March 12, 2019

The Department of Anthropology is presenting ‘Blackbeard’s Lost Flagship’ on Wednesday, March 27, at 5 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B, at Catholic University.

The flagship of the most iconic pirate, Blackbeard, ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge,’ sank off the coast of North Carolina more than three centuries ago. Mark Wilde-Ramsing directed archeological investigations on the ship from its discovery in 1996 until 2012. He will discuss the story of Blackbeard and the mysteries of the notorious pirate ship uncovered during the archaeological excavation.

The program will include a book signing of Blackbeard Sunken Prize: The 300 Year Voyage of Queen Anne’s Revenge, which was written by Wilde-Ramsing and Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton.

Wilde-Ramsing earned his master’s in anthropology at Catholic University in 1984. He is a retired deputy state underwater archeologist of North Carolina.

In 1717, pirate Blackbeard captured a French slaving vessel, made it his flagship, and renamed it ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge.’ He and his crew captured riches from merchant ships sailing the Caribbean to the Carolinas. In 1718, Blackbeard reportedly ran Queen Anne’s Revenge aground off the coast of what is now North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park.

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