Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Boat Unit Sails to Preserve Pirate History

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Boat Unit Sails to Preserve Pirate History

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C.-Blackbeard's Ghost wasn't seen but his spirit could be felt as the Army LCU 1674 "St. Mihiel" sailed in support of the Queen Anne's Revenge project.

Skippered by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Leeman Daw, an Army Reservist, the St. Mihiel and her crew transported 61 media, locals, and government officials to witness the recovery of a pair of 18th century cannons from the ocean floor. The shipwreck site believed to be that of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge is located near Beaufor Inlet approximately one mile south of Atlantic Beach, NC. Based on available records from the 1700's, it is believed that the infamous pirate "Blackbeard," grounded the Queen Anne's Revenge while attempting to flee British authorities.

Before becoming the Queen Anne's Revenge, the 18th century sailing ship was a French slave vessel known as the Concorde. In 1717, Blackbeard and his men captured the slave ship and made it their own.

Thanks to Mr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing, director for the Queen Anne's Revenge project, the 824th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat) out of Morehead City, N.C., received the invitation to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event of seeing 18th century history raised to the daylight of the 21st century. With approval from higher headquarters, the 824th was able to demonstrate to the local community as well as to state government officials that Army Reserve watercraft units are a welcomed and necessary resource.

At the shipwreck site, the St. …

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