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Pirates, Smugglers & Notorious

Blackbeard's Flagship - QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE
(Before Bottle):
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  Blackbeard's Flagship - Queen Anne's Revenge
Length = 103 ft, Width = 24.5 ft, Draft = 13.3 ft, Capacity = 200 tons, Crew = 125
Believed to be built in England around 1710 on a Dutch Flute design, the merchant Concorde originally carried 20 guns. Sold to Spanish interests in 1713, she spent several years along the Pacific Coast of South America. In 1717 French slavers bought her for trade routes between Senegal and Martinique. That same year pirate Benjamin Hornigold captured and, after accepting a king's pardon, gave her to fellow pirate Edward Teach.
Teach renamed the vessel after the 1702-14 British monarch and increased the armament of various sizes to 40 guns. She served as Blackbeard's flagship on all of his exploits until she ran aground off Beaufort, NC in June 1718. This model shows the sail rig of a Dutch Flute, though some researchers think that the vessel carried jib sails instead of square bow sails. During Blackbeard's time there was a transition in ship sail design, so the true QAR sail placement may be never known.

QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE Price: $275.00 
  Queen Anne's Revenge

1 gal.

Also available in a half gallon jug. (Price: $185)

This model shows the sail rig as a Dutch Flute. During the early 18th century, square sprit sails were being replaced by jib sails which enhanced tacking. Bottles can be made as Dutch Flute or with jib sails.

Blackbeard's ADVENTURE: Price: $120.00 
  Blackbeard's Adventure

1/2 gal.


The fast, shallow draft "Bermuda" sloop was popular with many pirates. A gift from Teach's pirate mentor Benjamin Hornigold in 1717, the 8-10 gun sloop was on all of Blackbeard's exploits. After the grounding of the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard Arrived in Bath, NC and was pardoned by Gov. Eden. In mid-summer of 1718, the Adventure was officially placed in Teach's name by the Vice Admiralty Court in Bath Town, NC for trading expeditions. Falling into his old pirate ways, Teach captured a French sugar ship, and the cargo was split with NC court officials. Blackbeard was killed at Ocracoke Inlet by Lt. Robert Maynard On Nov. 22, 1718 by order of the Virginia Governor. The Adventure was taken to Virginia and there sold. Jim Goodwin - Bottle #271 - 2003

Blackbeard's ADVENTURE: Price: CALL 
  Blackbeard's Adventure
See the description above. This model will be on exhibit as a part of Bath, North Carolina's Tri-Centenial celebration in 2005.

Charles Vane's Brig RANGER: Price: 1/2 gal. bottle w/ lighthouse: $165
1/2 gal jug w/ stand: $185
Charles Vane's Brig Ranger
1/2 gal.

The 12-gun Ranger was the flagship of Charles Vane from May, 1718 to Nov. 1718.  Blockading Charleston as Blackbeard had done several months early, Vane, with two sloops, captured an African slave coming into port.  This larger ship he named the Ranger. In Sept. 1718, Vane was at the week-long Pirate Bas hosted by Blackbeard on Ocracoke Isle.  In late Nov, 1718 while in the Windward Passage, the crew charged Vane with cowardliness by the crew for refusing to attack a vessel that was more heavily armed than the Ranger. The vessel turned out to be a French Man of War disguised as a merchant to deal with pirates. Vane & his supporters were set in a small boat, and after some time, Vane captured another sloop and continued “the sweet trade” until being caught in Jamaica in March, 1720. Quartermaster “Calico” Jack Rackham was voted captain of the Ranger.  Later Calico Jack had onboard the two female pirates Mary Reade & Anne Bonny. The ship was lost a few months after Calico Jack took command due to hull rot.

             The pirates then acquired a sloop and were caught in Sept. 1720

Blackbeard's Fleet: Price: Call 
  Blackbeard's Fleet
  1 gal.
QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE, ADVENTURE and REVENGE off Ocracoke, NC. DISPLAYED in a one-gallon whiskey bottle.
This piece was display in the San Diego Maritime Museum's Ship-in-Bottle Show through January of 2005.

The WINDFALL of Ocracoke Island, NC: Price: See Message Below 
  The WINDFALL of Ocracoke Island, NC
  1/2 gal.
The WINDFALL is only available through the Village Craftsmen on Ocracoke Island, NC.
The Schooner WINDFALL of Ocracoke, NC. Overall Length:  57 ft, Sail Area: 1000 sq. ft, Beam: 13.5 ft Draft: 4 ft 4 inches. Designed and built by Robert Marthai. Wooden Hull, Launched in 1981. Owned by Capt'n Rob Temple who sails in Blackbeard's wake.

The Rumrunner MESSENGER OF PEACE: Price: $75.00 
  The Rumrunner Messenger of Peace
Picked up off Ocracoke in August, 1921 by the USCG. The crew said that they were had run out of fresh water. They were released though their suspicious papers stated Nassau to Jacksonville, Fla. Bound. Found by USGC again at Ocracoke Inlet in late Dec., 1921 with papers stating bound to Nova Scotia from Nassau. Crew said that they had run out of food. Upon inspection, USCG found over 2,000 cases of assorted liquor. The leaking British schooner was towed to Wilmington where the contraband was placed in a guarded warehouse and the crew placed in the local iron-barred hotel. The schooner sank at the dock that night, and in the morning, all the booze was found missing.

The Privateer Brig JEFFERSON DAVIS: Price: $165.00 
  The Privateer Brig Jefferson Davis
  1/2 gal.
Built in Baltimore in 1845 as the Putnam. She became the slaver Echo and was captured in 1858 by a USN ship captained by John Maffitt, who later had the CSS Florida. She was bought by Robert Hunter of Charleston in 1859. At the war’s start, Hunter obtained a privateer commission as the Davis and armed her with five outdated cannons. Captained by Louis Coxetter, the Davis took nine ships in a seven week cruise. Upon their return, Charleston gave the crew a hero’s welcome that lasted for days. The Davis was one of the last successful privateers in the age of sail. The Davis is shown with the Morris Island Lighthouse: 1876, 161 ft

CSS ALABAMA: Price: $175.00 
  CSS Alabama
  1.5 Litre wine bottle
L=220 ft, Width = 32 ft, Draft = 14 ft,
Crew = 148, Wood Hull - copper bottom. First ship to have sea-to-freshwater distillation.
Built in England 1862, 'Hull #290' was christened ENRICA in July 1862. In Aug., 1862 off the Azores, Capt. Raphael Semmes took command and commissioned her the ALABAMA.
The most successful commerce raider of all time, she captured 65 ships, many of which were burned. Her 2-year cruise covered the North and South Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean. Coming into Cherbourg, France in early June, 1864 for repairs, she reluctantly dueled with the USS KEARSRARGE. Though Semmes' cannon fire was accurate, the exploding shells were damp due to being at sea for two years. One shell hit the USS KEARSRARGE's rudder post early in the duel, but didn't explode! After Semmes lowered the flag, the Union vessel continued to fire. The Alabama was found off France in 1984 and is now a French and US protected historic site.

The Blockade Runner BERMUDA in Savannah, Sept. 18, 1861: Price: $145 
  1.5 Litre wine bottle
Length: 226 ft. Beam: 29 ft. Draft: 16 ft. Iron Hull, Sister Ship: BAHAMA
This ship was used in Dreamworks' The Lovely Bones
The brig-rigged steamer was built as the Czar at Stockton, England. Bought by British agent Fraser, Trenholm and Co. for the Confederacy and renamed BERMUDA. She was the first vessel to run the blockade.
After two runs, she was switched to the Nassau-to-Bermuda cargo runs where she was captured on April 22, 1862 and taken into the USN. Sold to private interests after the war, she foundered of NY in 1878.
Shown here with the Tybee Lighthouse: First Tower?1736, Present-1867, 154 feet tall Cockspur Island Lighthouse: 1857, 46 feet tall