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Blackbeards Ghost

Updated on June 21, 2010
Black Beard was an infamous but short lived Pirate. It is said that his ghost still haunts the outer banks of North Carolina.
Black Beard was an infamous but short lived Pirate. It is said that his ghost still haunts the outer banks of North Carolina.
It is near the Ocracoke Lighthouse where Blackbeard's body is said to have been buried.
It is near the Ocracoke Lighthouse where Blackbeard's body is said to have been buried.
The spot on the beach just down from the Ocracoke lighthouse that is said to be the favorite spot of Blackbeard. Over the years many people have claimed to see him on this spot of beach.
The spot on the beach just down from the Ocracoke lighthouse that is said to be the favorite spot of Blackbeard. Over the years many people have claimed to see him on this spot of beach.
On the free State Ferry Boat that goes from the tip of Hatteras Island over to Ocracoke Island.
On the free State Ferry Boat that goes from the tip of Hatteras Island over to Ocracoke Island.
The State Ferry Boats are free and they leave from right near this spot on the southern tip of Hatteras Island.
The State Ferry Boats are free and they leave from right near this spot on the southern tip of Hatteras Island.
Here is where the wild ponies are on Ocracoke today.
Here is where the wild ponies are on Ocracoke today.
The present day lighthouse on Hatteras Island today.
The present day lighthouse on Hatteras Island today.
On the beach on Ocracoke Island today.
On the beach on Ocracoke Island today.

Blackbeard who's real name was Edward Teach was a infamous pirate who was a very tall man with a black beard that extended down below his waist. When he knew he was going into battle he would tie black ribbons in his beard and tie burning cannon fuses up under his hat so that smoke would surround his head. He kept two pistols shoved in his waist band and he always kept a sharp sword at his side. Many people including Virginia's Governor Spotswood thought Blackbeard was the devil himself.

For twenty seven months he terrorized the coastal regions of the Atlantic and Caribbean. He was known to attack at dawn or dusk often appearing to come out of the sun. He attacked at those times because he knew his ship was hard for his enemy to see at those times. And he would not raise his pirates flag until the last possible moment so that the ships he was attacking would assume they had no hope and quickly surrender. When the people on the ships he was attacking would surrender they would be spared but if they put up any fight they would be killed.

Blackbeard once cut off a mans finger to get a diamond ring and he once blockaded Charleston S.C. taking many wealthy people hostage until the people of Charleston paid the ransom Blackbeard was demanding.

In November of 1718 Blackbeard retreated to his favorite hideaway called Teach's Hole off of North Carolina's Ocracoke Island. They had a wild pirate party that lasted for days with dancing , drinking and huge bonfires and several North Carolina people sent word to Virginia's Governor Spotswood and Spotswood immediately ordered two British Royal Sloops commanded by British Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard to go down to Ocracoke and capture or kill Blackbeard.

On November 21 1718 Maynard engaged the pirate in a horrific battle. One of Maynard's Ships ran aground and Blackbeard fired and fired on the remaining ship commanded by Lt. Maynard. Many of Maynard's men were killed but then Maynard came up with the ideal of having his men to hide below deck so that the Pirates thought they had won. When the pirates swarmed aboard Maynard's ship however the men hiding below deck rushed up on the deck with Maynard and they attacked Blackbeard and his men.

But even though they were outnumbered the pirates including Blackbeard put up a bloody fight and then Blackbeard and Maynard came face to face. The two men fired at each other with their pistols and Blackbeard was struck with a pistol ball but Blackbeard missed with his shot. One of Maynard's men finally cut the throat of Blackbeard from behind and the battle was finally over. It took a total of six pistol shots and many cuts and stabs from swords before Blackbeard finally fell.

Maynard cut the head of Blackbeard from his body and then he had his men throw the body of Blackbeard overboard into the water. They hung his head from the ships bowsprit and its said that Blackbeard's head actually spoke and called out to his body. His body swam around the ship three times before slipping beneath the water.

And ever since that day people have claimed to see the headless body of Blackbeard searching the shores of Ocracoke for his head. It is said that people on Ocracoke found Edward Teach's headless body and they buried it near where the lighthouse on Ocracoke is today. It is in that area where people claim to see the headless body of Blackbeard today still searching for his head.

Other people claim to see huge fires burning just off Ocracoke and they claim its Blackbeard and his pirate gang having a party.

It is near the Ocracoke Lighthouse that the headless ghost of Blackbeard is said to wander hunting his head.
It is near the Ocracoke Lighthouse that the headless ghost of Blackbeard is said to wander hunting his head.
(C) June 2010. This hub page was created by Thomas Byers for Hub Pages. The photos on this hub page are the property of Thomas Byers.
(C) June 2010. This hub page was created by Thomas Byers for Hub Pages. The photos on this hub page are the property of Thomas Byers.

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      Bailey 

      7 years ago

      I believe that Blackbeard's body was found and buried by locals after his death and his head was on that same ship when it sunk later on in the years so his head is tied to the mast of a sunken ship off the coast off the last place it battled. His ghost doesn't exist and it is just people's hallucinations.

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      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes in the days before the Free State Ferry System and the bridges it would have been very hard indeed to reach Ocracoke Island and it would have been the perfect place for Blackbeard to hide.

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      Elizabeth 

      8 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Nice hub....I have been to Ocracoke island several times. It is an enchanting place full of ocean scenery and the like. It is no wonder Blackbeard picked this as his hiding spot. It is almost the perfect place. :)

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