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Archaeologist to lecture on local pirate legend

February 14, 2012

Archaeologist David Moore will give an illustrated talk titled A Pirate Ship is She: The Discovery and Excavation of Blackbeards Ship Queen Annes Revenge on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.

Moore, a researcher at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, will present his findings from an archaeological investigation at Beaufort Inlet in North Carolina that helps tell the story of legendary pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) and his men. The investigation, which Moore has been a part of for more than 15 years, has led to the discovery of cannons, anchors and other 17th and 18th century nautical artifacts.

Blackbeard (1680-1718) seized a French slave ship in 1717 and kept it as his flagship, renaming it Queen Annes Revenge. In 1718, he sailed north to Beaufort Inlet (at the time known as Topsail Inlet) after a three-week blockade of the port of Charleston, but his ship ran aground on a sandbar and was abandoned.

Moores presentation is part of the Explorations lecture series presented by CCUs Center for Archaeology and Anthropology.

The Wall Auditorium is located on the ground floor of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration. For more information about the event, contact Cheryl Ward at 843-349-6657 or