QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE
Blackbeard's pirate ship
Queen Anne's Revenge was the largest pirate ships to ever sail the Spanish
Main. No ship played a more dramatic role in the history
of piracy in the Americas.
The name Queen Anne's Revenge was given to the ship after her capture in
1717 in the eastern Caribbean by the pirate Edward
Teach, popularly remembered as Blackbeard.
Blackbeard used Queen Anne's Revenge as his prime weapon during the
height of his reign of terror. During the 7 months that
Blackbeard commanded her, she took 18 ships as prizes.
Queen Anne's Revenge was launched in England in 1710 during the War of
the Spanish Succession (called Queen Anne's War in the
American colonies.) She was named Concord, capable of
300 tons. In late 1710, she was "taken" as a prize of
war by French privateers. Her stern was altered so that
she would be more suitable for use as an armed
transport. This change gave her a silhouette similar to
Dutch-built ships of that era, thus causing later
confusion about her origin. The spelling of her name was
also changed to Concorde.
Blackbeard's flag was an unusual. It had a skeleton
holding an hour glass in one hand to signify that your
time was running out. A dagger in the other hand and the
heart with three drops of blood signified that blood
would be drawn if you did not surrender. Horns and
cloven feet on the skeleton signified that he was in
league with the devil.
On December 3, 1718, Blackbeard was killed by an attack
force dispatched by Virginia's Governor Alexander
Spottswood. He achieved lasting infamy as the ruthless
and sadistic drunk, Blackbeard.