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Operating as usual
Brethren of the Coast,
It is with regret that we inform you that the Charleston Pirate Festival has been put on hold this year.
The sponsoring organization, the Old Exchange Building, is having some major building repairs done. Looking after this historic 1771 structure is, of course, a vital concern. After the completion of this work, we will look ahead to reschedule and contact you with a possible future date.
A fair wind and tide to you all!
social.huffingtonpost.com One of the most famous lost pirate treasures may have just been found. Explorers working off the coast of Madagascar have uncovered a giant silver ingot that they believe came from the wreck of th
abcnews.go.com Nearly 300 years after the pirate Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel — but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and...
wfla.com Mike Lopez has an interesting artifact of family history. His sister was recently cleaning out her grandparents attic and came across a box with strange contents. Neatly organized with copper wire,...
smh.com.au A maritime historian has discovered the untold history of pirates who operated from Sydney Cove and the Pacific in the early days of the colony.
Beware the Flying Dutchman!
Nice collection of pirate videos
history.com Pirates paid a high price in their quest to capture golden b***y, enduring disease and starvation while at sea.
Legal advice for treasure hunters!
cinemablend.com Black Sails is a story that mixes fact and fiction. Characters from Robert Louis Stevenson’s popular adventure novel Treasure Island intermix with real historical pirates like Anne Bonny and Jack Rackham. Next season, Black Sails will be adding a notorious pirate from English history into the mix.
What they leave out is that George Anson was on pirate patrol on Charleston and that the Ansonborough section of our city still bears his name!
tamworthherald.co.uk ONE of the most popular local tourist attractions is the stately home of Shugborough Hall which stands near the village of Great Haywood, on the outskirts of our county town of Stafford. Originally...
Here is more information about one of Bonnet's crew-
chroniclelive.co.uk New book recounts the life and grisly death of the Newcastle man who sailed with the infamous Blackbeard
British Writer Connects Pirate Dots
“Sins Dyed in Blood: In Search of the Newcastle Pirate” by Paul Brown tells the story of Edward Robinson, who sailed with Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet during the golden age of piracy, and was hanged for his crimes in Charleston in 1718.
“Robinson was born in my home city of Newcastle, in the north east of England,” Brown said in a press release. “There are many myths and legends surrounding ‘the Newcastle Pirate,’ and I was determined to find the true story. My search took me across the Atlantic and eventually to Charleston, ending at White Point Garden, where there’s a monument marking the spot at which the pirates were hanged.”
Robinson was involved in several terrifying pirate raids and participated in Blackbeard’s May 1718 siege of Charleston. He fell out with the pirate captain and was marooned on a tiny island. Robinson was eventually rescued by another notorious pirate captain, Stede Bonnet, and resumed his pirate ways until November 1718 when he was captured off the Carolina coast.
“Sins Dyed in Blood” is available from Amazon as a Kindle single ebook for $2.99. "
Adam Parker-Post and Courier
cnn.com Spelunkers in a cave in Israel stumble across silver coins and jewelry dating back thousands of years.
Thanks to our friends at the Charles Towne Few for finding this info!
archive.archaeology.org Move over, Johnny Depp. It's time for evidence of real pirates to be unearthed.
"One gang of pirates is responsible for virtually all of our pirate imagery today, and were the primary inspiration for pirates of fiction from Long John Silver to Jack Sparrow.
Did you know that.....
These pirates - who called themselves the Flying Gang -- all knew one another, had served together in naval and merchant vessels, and operated for a very short period of time: four to ten years starting in 1714.
They included many of the most famous pirates in history, including Blackbeard, Sam Bellamy of Whydah fame, the "gentleman pirate" Stede Bonnet, the bombastic Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, and the women pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny."
redorbit.com If you’ve ever jumped into a body of water, you’ve probably fantasized about diving down to find sunken treasure--aka pirate’s b***y. Divers in Israel actually lived out this fantasy this week.
publishersweekly.com The odds of finding a bona fide pirate ship are quite rare, a fact Robert Kurson (Shadow Divers) points out in the first few pages of this extraordinary adventure. Only one—the Whydah
Good article on the Misunderstood Life of Pirates.
deepseanews.com Buccaneers, Charlatans, Marauders, and Swashbucklers. Throughout the centuries, our b***y-hoarding friends have been branded by many rather dubious labels. Yet
ew.com Image Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images...
livescience.com Tommy Thompson — a famous shipwreck hunter who located a Gold Rush-era wreck and became embroiled in a long legal drama over his spoils — has been captured in Florida after more than two years in hiding.
Review of recent book on pirates published by Oxford University Press.
theguardian.com Treasure chests, maps, skull and crossbones: where does our popular image of pirates come from. By Colin Burrow
Wonder if any of these new finds can be traced to the Charleston blockade of 1718?
news.discovery.com Medical equipment on the vessel that served as the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard suggests the buccaneer had to toil to keep his crew healthy.
Charleston Pirate Festival
Charleston Pirate Festival's cover photo
If in FL check out this exhibit -The Art of Piracy at the Tampa Bay History Center
tampabay.com When revelers at the 100th Gasparilla Pirate Fest enjoy Captain Morgan Spiced Rum — and mock the pirate whose foot is propped on a barrel — they can thank Sarasota-based artist Don Maitz.
undertheblackflag.com The Sea Dogs were English pirates at the time of Elizabeth I of England and were also known as Elizabethan Pirates. They were active from 1560 to 1605 and had permission by Queen Elizabeth I to dea...
Charleston Pirate Festival
Charleston Pirate Festival's cover photo
britainexplorer.com There are many accounts of lost treasures, some dating from ancient times and those that are more recent. While the idea that unimaginable wealth is o...
Still time to get your ship careened and make passage to La Florida! SC's own famous Doctor Henry Woodward was freed from jail by these raiders.
augustine.com Witness the thrilling re-enactment of legendary pirate Robert Searle's attack of St. Augustine and how the town defended itself.
moviepilot.com Javier Bardem is playing the ghost of Captain Brand in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Scene from "Treasure Island"-Jim Hawkins watching pirates coming ashore in canoes.
sfgate.com Alcatraz was a U.S. military base before it was a prison, Nike missiles once bristled on Angel Island, and Treasure Island was a naval base for decades before it was sold to San Francisco in 2009. [...] the island that has played the most significant role in U.S. naval history is Mare Island — the f…
couriermail.com.au IT DOESN’T look like it yet, but this creaky old sailing boat from Bundaberg is about to be transformed into the most famous pirate ship on the Seven Seas.
washingtonpost.com “You can’t have a more tangible witness to tragedy than human remains," a researcher said.
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