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The history and
archaeology of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge,
and recent revelations about the pirate himself, will be presented by Nautical
Archaeologist David Moore in “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: History and
Archaeology” as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Port Hampton Lecture
Series on Monday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Captain Edward Thatch
(c. 1860-November 22, 1718), aka Blackbeard the pirate, is undoubtedly one, if
not the most famous swashbuckler in history. David Moore began
researching the notorious pirate captain, his activities, associates,
adversaries, and ships, while in graduate school at East Carolina University in
1982. He proposed that several shipwrecks associated with Blackbeard might be located
with additional research and limited survey effort. Based on this initial
prospectus, the archaeological remains of the Queen Anne’s Revenge were
located just off Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in 1996 and the excavation of
the site continues today.
Moore will present an
illustrated lecture focusing on the history of the pirate and particularly
recent research that has fine-tuned our knowledge of the man and events; and in
some cases totally changed what was previously believed by historians. Additionally,
the on-going excavation of the wreck will be discussed with a brief examination
of many of the artifacts recovered.
David Moore has been
involved in maritime history and shipwreck research for over 35 years,
including stints as a nautical archaeologist for the states of North Carolina
and Florida, and conducted field research on over 300 shipwrecks dating from
the 16th to 19th centuries. An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at
Wilmington, receiving a B.A. in Marine Science (May 1980), Moore traveled to
Florida in 1983 as an archaeological consultant soon after completing course
work for a Master's degree in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology at East
Carolina University (ECU). At ECU, Moore began researching piracy and initially
proposed the project to locate Blackbeard’s shipwrecks in 1982 while a graduate
His work in Florida
included the structural investigations of the 17th century Spanish galleons Nuestra
Señora de Atocha (c.1622), Santa Margarita (c.1622), and San Martin
(c.1618); and directing the first deep-water (1350 feet) shipwreck excavation
utilizing robotic technology off the Dry Tortugas (1990-91). As principle
investigator on the Henrietta Marie Project (National Geographic
Magazine, August 2002), his work led to the completion of a Master's thesis at
ECU in 1989 on the historical and archaeological investigations of this
significant slave ship site that proved instrumental in the development of a
major traveling exhibition that toured the U.S. and abroad from 1995 until
2008. Moore also worked on the wreck of Santa Clara in the early
1990s, a ship owned by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and lost in the Bahamas in
1564, the year before Menéndez established St. Augustine, Florida.
Born, raised, and
educated in North Carolina, Moore returned to his home state in February 1996
when hired by the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. He is currently
Curator of Nautical Archaeology at the museum and directs the recording efforts
on the excavation of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge
(National Geographic Magazine, July 2006).
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