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Issue Date: 22/11/2018
Issue Name: 300th Anniversary of the Death of Blackbeard
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Like many of his compatriots, Blackbeard knew the importance of image. His beard was wild and unruly; it came up to his eyes and he twisted colorful ribbons into it. Before a battle, he dressed all in black, strapped several pistols to his chest and put on a large black captain’s hat. He would put slow burning fuses in his hair and beard too, the fuses constantly sputtered and gave off smoke, which wreathed him in a perpetual greasy fog.
The last Maritime cover of 2018 marks 300 years since the notorious Pirate Blackbeard was killed. It features a chilling image of Edward Teach, along with a Skull and Crossbones stamp and special Treasure Close, Leicester postmark (22nd November, 2018).
Blackbeard the pirate was also known as Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, he was an English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of Britain’s North American colonies. Numerous spellings for his surname exist, but it is commonly known that pirates often used a fictitous name so as not to tarnish the family name.
He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War before settling on the Bahamian island of New Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined around 1716. The two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. In early 1717, Hornigold and Teach, each captaining a sloop, set out for the mainland. In September of this year Teach and Hornigold encountered Stede Bonnet, a landowner and military officer from a wealthy family who had turned to piracy earlier that year.
Teach attacked a French merchant vessel off the coast of Saint Vincent, he took ownership of it and renamed her Queen Anne’s Revenge, equipping her with 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate, his nickname derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses (slow matches) under his hat to frighten his enemies. He formed an alliance of pirates and blockaded the port of Charles Town, South Carolina, ransoming the port’s inhabitants. He then ran Queen Anne’s Revenge aground on a sandbar near Beaufort, North Carolina. He parted company with Bonnet and settled in Bath, North Carolina, also known as Bath Town where he accepted a royal pardon. But he was soon back at sea, where he attracted the attention of Alexander Spotswood, the Governor of Virginia. Spotswood arranged for a party of soldiers and sailors to capture the pirate, which they did on 22 November 1718 following a ferocious battle. Teach and several of his crew were killed by a small force of sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
He was romanticized after his death and became the inspiration for an archetypal pirate in works of fiction across many genres.
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