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Teach's Hole - The Last Battle of Blackbeard the Pirate - Ocracoke Island, NC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Scooter Bill
N 35° 06.221 W 075° 59.346
18S E 409855 N 3884988
Quick Description: Taken from Springer's Point on Ocracoke Island, this photo shows Teach's Hole where Blackbeard the Pirate fought and lost his last battle.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 5/6/2009 3:11:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM6B6Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SearchN
Views: 12

Long Description:
Teach's Hole in Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke Island, NC is best known as the favorite anchorage of Blackbeard, AKA Edward Teach, who made his home in Bath, N.C. and pillaged the Caribbean and Southern colonial American coast.

This is where he lost his head in a dramatic sea battle on November 22, 1718, in which he incurred 5 pistol shots and no less than 27 severe cuts in various parts of his body before being brought down. He only had a skeleton crew of eighteen that day, who were mostly drunk and caught by surprise.

He and his crew held off a far superior force of the British Navy sent from Virginia--sent perhaps in violation of his royal pardon and with illegal and political reasons--but the "courageous brute" and his crew lost in the end. (By various accounts, Blackbeard had inflicted casualties at about a 3:1 ratio on the attacking British marines and sailors.) He supposedly had intentions of forming a piratical colony and fortress on Ocracoke, like those on Tortuga and New Providence Islands.
Site Description: Undeveloped Site

Date of Pirate Activity (Estimated): November 22, 1718

Reference Web-link or Book Title: http://wikimapia.org/2135007/Teach-s-Hole

Site Admission (If needed): None

Hours Available (If needed):
Daytime Only


Additional Information (optional):
Cooordinates provided take you to Springer's Point Nature Preserve on Ocracoke Island. No parking is available at the preserve.


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