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"This be the Queen Anne's Revenge, right enough."
"How do you know?"
"I've seen the name. On the back of the ship.
Scrum and Jack Sparrow[src]

The Queen Anne's Revenge was an infamous pirate vessel, formerly named Concord and La Concorde de Nantes. Imposing, terrifyingly beautiful, a brutal beast of the sea, this legendary ship of the seven seas struck dread into the heart of pirates on the high seas. Cutting a quick path over open water, the Revenge boasted strong defenses and lethal armaments. The Queen Anne's Revenge was one of the largest, most notorious pirate ships to ever sail the seas, reportedly full of wealth and treasure plundered from many ill-fated victims.

Originally a merchant vessel converted into a slave ship, under the names Concord and La Concorde de Nantes, this ship was most famously used as the flagship of Edward Teach, better known as the notorious pirate Blackbeard. The Queen Anne's Revenge was the most powerful ship on the seven seas under Blackbeard's command, whether it was a soulless undead crew of jumbees or zombies, awaiting with deadly determination to repel all boarders. The Revenge also came to life as long as its captain wielded the Sword of Triton, then the fearsome vessel would do his indomitable will and spread terror in its bloody wake. Bristling with cannons and spiked with human bones, the Queen Anne's Revenge was festooned with the skeletons of Blackbeard's victims, and spat Greek fire from its bow to incinerate enemy ships, or the occasional crew member fallen out of favor.

During the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Blackbeard held no ordinary ship's crew, but a mixture of zombies and a human contingent, led by his daughter Angelica. Several days after being shanghaied aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, Jack Sparrow used his lowly position as mere crewman to lead the human crew in a mutiny against the zombie officers. However, the revolt was foiled when Blackbeard himself appeared and used the Sword of Triton to spring the sinister ship to life, in which Jack's crew of mutineers got caught in its rigging. Throughout the quest, Jack and Angelica danced on deck, the Revenge partook in the mermaid hunt at Whitecap Bay, and was docked in a cove of a mysterious island for the remained of the journey to the Fountain. After the death of Blackbeard, the Queen Anne's Revenge and its crew would be led by Hector Barbossa.

About a year later, the Queen Anne's Revenge served as the command ship of Barbossa's fleet, eventually becoming one of the deadliest vessels to sail the seas. The Queen Anne's Revenge was brought into port when Barbossa heard about how his ships were being attacked and sunk by the ghostly crew of the Silent Mary. Captain Barbossa met with Captain Armando Salazar on the Revenge and promised to locate Jack Sparrow in exchange for his life. Salazar accepted, but forced Barbossa to abandon his flagship and travel with the ghost capitán to exact his revenge. The Queen Anne's Revenge was thus left to the winds and tides of the sea.


A merchant ship[]

The Concord[]

Although the exact details of the ship's construction are uncertain, it was believed she was built in Bristol, England in 1710 and named Concord. At first she served as an English Merchant Navy ship, but she was captured by French privateers a year later. While in France, her stern was modified to resemble that of the Dutch flute, and she was later sold to Spain. In 1713 she was returned to France and again underwent a transformation. She was eventually sold to Rene Montaudoin, a French merchant who refitted her as a slave ship and renamed La Concorde de Nantes.[8]

La Concorde de Nantes[]

La Concorde, now a French Merchant Navy ship, left Nantes on March 24, 1717, armed with sixteen cannons and a crew of seventy-five. On July 8, La Concorde arrived at the port of Judas, on the coast of West Africa. There they took on a cargo of 516 captive Africans. The captain and officers also obtained about twenty pounds of gold dust for their own account. La Concorde took nearly eight weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the hardships of the notorious Middle Passage took their toll on both the Africans and the French crew. By the time they reached the Caribbean, sixty-one slaves and sixteen crewmen had perished.

After crossing the Atlantic, and only 100 miles from Martinique, the French ship encountered two pirate sloops, one with 120 men and twelve cannons, and the other with thirty men and eight cannons. The pirates were led by none other than Blackbeard, a notorious pirate captain. With the French crew already reduced by sixteen fatalities and another thirty-six seriously ill from scurvy and dysentery, the French were powerless to resist. After the pirates fired two volleys at La Concorde, Captain Pierre Dosset surrendered the ship.[8]


Blackbeard's first flag used for the ship's mainmast.

Blackbeard's pirates took La Concorde to the island of Bequia in the Grenadines, where the French crew and the enslaved Africans were put ashore. While the pirates searched La Concorde, the French cabin boy, Louis Arot, informed them of the gold dust that was aboard. The pirates searched the French officers and crew and seized the gold. The cabin boy and three of his fellow French crewmen voluntarily joined Blackbeard's pirates, and ten others were taken by force, including a pilot, three surgeons, two carpenters, two sailors, and the cook. La Concorde was the grandest and most elegant ship that Blackbeard ever captured, so he decided to keep her for himself.[9] His crew left the French the smaller of the two pirate sloops. The French gave their new and much smaller vessel the appropriate name Mauvaise Rencontre (Bad Encounter) and, in two trips, succeeded in transporting the remaining Africans from Bequia to Martinique. Soon, Blackbeard doubled the number of the ship's guns and renamed her the Queen Anne's Revenge, in honor of Queen Anne of Great Britain.

Blackbeard's ship[]


Blackbeard's fearsome flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, at full sail.

The Queen Anne's Revenge[]

Blackbeard's pirate ship[]
"Where am I?"
" 'Scuse me, Captain Sparrow, sir. I be right honored to welcome you aboard our world-renowned vessel of infamy—
Queen Anne's Revenge."
Jack Sparrow and Scrum[src]

Leaving Bequia in late November, Blackbeard with his new ship cruised the Caribbean taking prizes and adding to his fleet. From the Grenadines, Blackbeard sailed north along the Lesser Antilles plundering ships near St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Nevis, and Antigua, and by early December he had arrived off the eastern end of Puerto Rico. From there, the pirates were headed to Samana Bay in Hispaniola. By April 1718 the pirates were off the Turneffe Islands in the Bay of Honduras. It was there that Blackbeard captured the sloop Adventure, forcing the sloop's captain, David Herriot, to join him. Sailing east once again, the pirates passed near the Cayman Islands and captured a Spanish sloop off Cuba that they also added to their flotilla. Turning north, they sailed through the Bahamas and proceeded up the North American coast. In May 1718, the pirates arrived off Charleston in South Carolina, with the Queen Anne's Revenge and three smaller sloops.

Blockade of Charleston[]

In perhaps the most brazen act of his piratical career, Blackbeard blockaded the port of Charleston for nearly a week. The pirates seized several ships attempting to enter or leave the port and detained the crew and passengers of one ship, the Crowley, as prisoners. As ransom for the hostages, Blackbeard demanded that the pirates be given a chest of medicine. The medicines eventually delivered, the captives were released, and the pirates continued their journey up the coast. Before they departed, the pirates also plundered all valuables from the captured ships.


In June 1718, Blackbeard's fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet in North Carolina. During that attempt, the Queen Anne's Revenge grounded on the ocean bar and was abandoned. Blackbeard then disbanded his fleet except for the Adventure and twenty men. But after the battle of Ocracoke Inlet, Blackbeard returned to the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge, and had her repaired for him to use as his flagship once again. Blackbeard soon continued in his life of committing various acts of piracy, treason, and murder.[2]


"Blimey, rumors of the Queen Anne's Revenge stalking ships at sea be too much for m'nerves!"
―Unnamed townsfolk[src]
Blackbeard flag

Blackbeard's second pirate flag

At an unknown point in time, Blackbeard made several designs to his infamous flagship:[10] a cage put on the back, a Greek fire-based weapon on the bow, and the entire ship was decorated with the bones of his victims as trophies. Blackbeard also obtained the Sword of Triton, a powerful weapon said to be forged in lost Atlantis. Brandishing the sword, Blackbeard commanded unearthly power as it made the Queen Anne's Revenge come to life.[11] Blackbeard also studied Voodoo and became a master of the dark arts. Because of his passion for the forbidden dark magic, Blackbeard changed his pirate flag from a horned, spear wielding skeleton, to a large flaming skull.[1][12] Possessed of a tattered soul, lost to the forces of darkness, Blackbeard often did his sinister sorcery in the captain's cabin on the Queen Anne's Revenge.[13] Blackbeard also learned how to turn the vessels he captured into ships in individual glass bottles, where they all sailed on a shrunken, churning ocean. He would keep his collection of ships in bottles inside a cabinet found in his cabin.[2] Over the decades, Blackbeard's activities on the high seas increased. With his supernatural powers and magical sword, no ship was safe from him. He was known to have captured even one ship of the line.[14]

Later years[]

War of Jolly Roger[]

The Queen Anne's Revenge in flames

"Invasions, Fleets, and now the Queen Anne's Revenge. 'Tis a time of great conflict in the Caribbean."
―Unnamed townsfolk[src]

Around the great conflict between the pirates, the East India Trading Company, and the undead army of Jolly Roger, Blackbeard assembled a new crew. All of them were jumbees, malevolent supernatural beings, well-known throughout the Caribbean. Enslaved by Blackbeard's dark magic, they served their master without question. The Queen Anne's Revenge sailed with a hull full of rich bounty, and had strong defenses.[15] Blackbeard would put LaSchafe, his loyal jumbee first mate, in charge of the Queen Anne's Revenge. However, Jolly Roger used that opportunity to make a Voodoo Doll of LaSchafe, and took control of Blackeard's first mate, his soulless crew, and the Queen Anne's Revenge.[4]

Controlled by Jolly Roger's voodoo powers, the Revenge and her ghastly crew started to attack pirate ships in the Caribbean. For many months, the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed around wild islands like Isla Cangrejos, Isla Perdida, and Isla Tormenta, attacking ships of the Brethren Court.[5] But, through unknown circumstances, Blackbeard managed to retake the Revenge.[2]

Acts of Piracy[]
"We were off the coast of Hispaniola when we came under attack. No provocation nor warning or offer of parley. We were peppered with cannon fire."
Hector Barbossa to Jack Sparrow[src]

The Queen Anne's Revenge sailing.

Through unknown circumstances, Blackbeard would be reunited with his beloved daughter, Angelica. Taking her aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard soon trusted Angelica well enough to give her the rank of first mate. Blackbeard soon learned of a prophecy, foreseen by the zombie quartermaster, which foretold Blackbeard's death by the hands of a one-legged man. Upon learning of this, Blackbeard decided to try and escape his inevitable death by finding the Fountain of Youth, which was discovered by conquistador Ponce de León. With the help of Angelica, who was able to learn of the Profane Ritual needed for the Fountain to work, Blackbeard began his search for the Fountain.


Philip Swift tied to the mast.

Prior to this, at some point after the end of the War Against Piracy, the Queen Anne's Revenge encountered the Black Pearl, a pirate ship in command of Captain Hector Barbossa, off the coast of Hispaniola. After firing a broadside, Blackbeard used his sword to bring the rigging of the Pearl to life and used it against Barbossa and his crew. The crew were eventually defeated, though Barbossa himself managed to escape with the cost of cutting off his right leg. Blackbeard managed to capture the Black Pearl and added it to his collection of ships in bottles. During one of Blackbeard's later raids on a remote island in the Caribbean, his crew captured a young missionary named Philip Swift in the process. Before Blackbeard had a chance to kill Philip, Angelica stopped him, as she believed that he may be a key to Blackbeard's redemption. Blackbeard allowed the missionary to live, but had him lashed onto the mast of the Queen Anne's Revenge. [16]

Quest for the Fountain of Youth[]

Jack Sparrow[]
"You...are a ruthless, soulless, crossgrained cur."
"I told you I had a ship."
"No, Blackbeard has a ship. Upon which I am now imprisoned.
Jack Sparrow and Angelica[src]

The Queen Anne's Revenge sailing on the high seas.

Before their search for the Fountain of Youth could continue further, Blackbeard and Angelica had to find Captain Jack Sparrow, someone whom they have heard had been to the Fountain. And so Angelica set out to find Jack and bring him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Accompanied by the Quartermaster, Angelica went to London to put an elaborate charade that ensured the capture of Jack Sparrow into effect. With the help of Scrum, Angelica, disguised as Jack himself, began to recruit crewmen at a local pub called the Captain's Daughter. During this time, Angelica was able to recruit a number of sailors and pirates, whom she had promised a "modest venture sailing under Jack Sparrow", before Jack himself arrived to confront his impostor. Ultimately, Jack was knocked out cold with a voodoo dart by the Quartermaster and shanghaied aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, where Blackbeard's quest for the Fountain continued.[2]

About five days later, Jack Sparrow would wake up aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, where he was forced to work with the rest of the press-ganged members of a motley crew. As the Revenge sailed gloriously over the ocean, Jack would befriend a fellow crewman named Scrum, who told him of everything he needed to know, including Blackbeard's zombie officers, Philip Swift, and their first mate: Angelica. Though prior to this, Jack was worried after seeing a glass coffin as well as learning whose ship he was on. Realizing his predicament, Jack confronted Angelica in the belowdecks of the Revenge. Angelica tried to convince Jack to go along with it because of Blackbeard's need to find the Fountain because of the Quartermaster's prophecy that foresaw Blackbeard's death at the hands of a one-legged man.[2]

The Mutiny[]
"Gentlemen...I be placed in a bewilderment. There I were, resting. And upon a sudden, I hear an ungodly row on deck. Sailors abandoned their posts, without orders, without leave. Men before the mast, and taking the ship for themselves. What be that, First Mate?"
"Mutiny, captain.
Blackbeard and Angelica[src]

The Queen Anne's Revenge sailing at dusk.

Although trapped aboard a ship led by zombies and sailing to a place of certain death, Jack Sparrow continued to work with his fellow crewmen onboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. As he was lashing the topsail, Jack began to spread the word for a meeting. The message soon came in full circle, in which the majority of the motley crew met with Jack at the gun deck of the Revenge to discuss the topic of mutiny. In the meeting, Jack became convinced the ship they were sailing on wasn't the real Queen Anne's Revenge, due to the fact that none of the crewmen saw Blackbeard outside his cabin, nor ever seeing the legendary pirate before. He also revealed that they were deceived by not being informed of their destination: the Fountain of Youth. The men were shocked by this revelation and knew that death was certain, unless they took the ship. After Scrum and Jack gave the order to take the ship, the crew began their attack aboard the Revenge. Jack's mutiny went on intensely as the human crewmen fought against zombie crewmen. During the battle onboard on Revenge, Jack and Salaman climbed to rescue Philip Swift from the mast. Soon Angelica and all of the zombies were defeated by Jack's mutineers, with Jack himself claiming the ship was theirs.[2]


Blackbeard having foiled Jack Sparrow's mutiny on the Queen Anne's Revenge.

However, the doors to the captain's quarters right behind Jack Sparrow opened as Blackbeard himself appeared on deck. Blackbeard touched the jeweled hilt of his sword as he told about his bewilderment of the situation of men taking the ship for themselves. As he touched the sword, the ship's ropes started to slide around, slithering up and down the rigging, inching towards the legs of the mutineers. Upon learning from Angelica that it was mutiny, Blackbeard pulled out his sword and he asked his motley human crew about the fate of mutineers. Raising his sword, Blackbeard yelled "Mutineers Hang!", as he brought his sinister ship to life. Jack and the other members of his party are thrown forward as the Queen Anne's Revenge began to sail at full speed. Blackbeard pointed his sword at some of his mutinous crewmen and more of the ship's ropes grab other pirates, including a crewmember attempting to jump overboard. The Queen Anne's Revenge slowed to normal speed as the majority of the pirate crewmen became entangled in a massive spiderweb of rope and rigging, all of the pirates caught in the web, bound, trapped like flies. Blackbeard finished his work and rested his trusty sword on his shoulder, having crushed the mutiny relatively easy.[2]

After an argument between Angelica and Philip about his soul, Blackbeard made an example for the mutineers by having the Queen Anne's Revenge unleash Greek fire on the Cook, who was on watch that night. Blackbeard then had Jack brought into the captain's cabin for a talk. Despite Jack's attempt to warn Blackbeard about Angelica, claiming that the First Mate and supposed daughter was conning the pirate captain, Blackbeard himself made a voodoo doll resembling Jack. Angelica entered the cabin as Blackbeard started using the doll to manipulate Jack, in which Blackbeard was able to force Jack into helping him in his quest for the Fountain.[2]

Voyage to the Fountain[]
"Back to the ship. We head for a protected cove. Now."
Blackbeard after capturing Syrena[src]

Jack Sparrow and Angelica dance aboard the Revenge.

As the Queen Anne's Revenge sailed under the moonlit sky, as Scrum played a tune on his mandola, Jack and Angelica entered in a dance on deck. While they danced aboard the Revenge, Jack tried to gain knowledge of the Profane Ritual from Angelica. After revealing the ritual to Jack, Angelica and Jack snuck into Blackbeard's cabin while Blackbeard was in the chart room. It was here that Angelica showed Jack the cabinet full of Blackbeard's prizes—captured ships that were shrunk and put in individual bottles, the Black Pearl among them. Jack and Angelica then entered a discussion regarding Blackbeard's redemption, in which Jack tried to warn Angelica that Blackbeard cannot be saved and would kill her, given the chance. But before they could go further into the matter, the Quartermaster rang the ship's bell alerting all aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge that they had arrived to their destination: Whitecap Bay.[2]


The Revenge unleashing Greek fire on mermaids.

With the Queen Anne's Revenge docked at Whitecap Bay, Blackbeard led his crew ashore and prepared to capture a mermaid, as one of the items required for the Profane Ritual was a mermaid's tear. After briefly battling with the sirens of the sea, in which the crew suffered casualties, until Blackbeard was able to use his sword to control the Queen Anne's Revenge and unleashed Greek fire upon the mermaids, forcing them to swim towards the shore where the mermaids continued attacking the crew. By the end of the battle, Blackbeard's crew managed to capture a mermaid, whom Philip later named Syrena. After that, Blackbeard ordered the crew to return to the ship so they could head for a protected cove.[2]

The next day, the Queen Anne's Revenge lowered its anchors into the still waters of a hidden cove on another side of the island. Blackbeard continued his quest over the rocky shore by having the pirate crew move onto a beach of hard-packed sand surrounded by dense jungle. Four of the crew members carried the glass coffin that had worried Jack when he first awoke on the Revenge. Jack himself was initially blindfolded so he wouldn't know the ship's whereabouts.[2]

Theft aboard the Revenge[]
"What of Blackbeard's men, guarding the ship?"
"I employed the selfsame maneuver we perfected in New Guinea."
"Seemed a shame to leave an entire fleet behind."
"Shame indeed.
Jack Sparrow and Joshamee Gibbs[src]
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The Queen Anne's Revenge docked on an island.

While most of the crew of the Queen Anne's Revenge left the ship to search for the Fountain of Youth, many of Blackbeard's men stayed behind, guarding the ship while their captain was away. However, Jack's loyal First Mate Joshamee Gibbs was able to find the Revenge with the use of Jack's compass. Gibbs was able to sneak aboard and retrieve the shrunken Black Pearl for Jack, though he ended up taking all of Blackbeard's shrunken ships in a bottle. Putting them in a gunny sack, Gibbs was able to get off the Revenge to meet with Jack Sparrow back on the island.

Barbossa's command[]

The first voyage[]

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The Queen Anne's Revenge under Hector Barbossa's command.

"The Revenge is mine."
Hector Barbossa[src]

After Blackbeard's death at the Fountain of Youth, his motley crew of pirates joined a privateer named Hector Barbossa, who killed Blackbeard and took his sword, as he claimed his ship and crew as his own for payment of his lost leg. Barbossa was able to find the Queen Anne's Revenge anchored off of the island, proclaiming that the ship was now his. Having changed back into his pirate regalia, Barbossa took the helm of the Revenge. Putting on his old hat, which the Cabin Boy had found belowdecks, Barbossa pulled out his new sword and pointed it towards the bow, causing the Queen Anne's Revenge to go full sail. Taking and ripping apart his Letters of Marque, Barbossa took full command as captain as the Queen Anne's Revenge made way for Tortuga.[2]

Dead Men on the Sea[]

"Capitán! A ship sails toward us."
Lesaro to Armando Salazar[src]

Life aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge was good as Captain Hector Barbossa's luck had taken a decided turn for the better. Within the next year, Barbossa had taken over the pirate world as one of the most notorious and wealthiest pirates in the Caribbean, granting him ownership of a fleet of ten ships. The Revenge served as the command ship of Barbossa's fleet,[17] and when his Jolly Roger was spotted at sea, pirates and soldiers alike knew it was only a matter of time before they were conquered. Barbossa had just concluded another successful round of pillaging and plundering and brought the Queen Anne's Revenge into port. Meanwhile, when Armando Salazar and his ghostly crew of Spanish pirate hunters were released from the Devil's Triangle, they began hunting down pirate ships using the Silent Mary, including some of Barbossa's ships.[3]

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The Silent Mary prepares to crush the Queen Anne's Revenge.

The Queen Anne's Revenge was docked in Saint Martin when news of Salazar's attacks reached Barbossa's ears.[18] The pirate captain decided to consult the sea-witch Shansa about the threat. Having been provided the information, Barbossa approached the undead pirate hunters with the intention of bartering with them and ensuring his survival. Armando Salazar and his cursed crew boarded the Revenge and began slaughtering pirates even as Barbossa attempted to negotiate with Salazar. After eventually coming to an accord, Barbossa and the surviving crew members were shanghaied aboard the Silent Mary.[3] The Queen Anne's Revenge was thus abandoned in the middle of the high seas, left at the will of the wind and tide.[17][19]

Design and appearance[]

"Still, I pray for every unfortunate soul on this hellbound vessel."
Philip Swift[src]
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The Queen Anne's Revenge.

Bristling with cannons and spiked with human bones, the Queen Anne's Revenge was the most feared ship on the seven seas, belonging to the terrifying Blackbeard.[1] Imposing, terrifyingly beautiful, a brutal beast of the sea, the Queen Anne's Revenge was the most powerful ship on the seas. As Blackbeard's vessel, the Revenge was an extension of his own dark vision of life and death.[12] The Queen Anne's Revenge also served as Blackbeard's flagship throughout his later life as the pirate all pirates fear.[10]

The Queen Anne's Revenge was one of the largest, most notorious pirate ships,[20] just over one hundred feet long,[21] as a three-masted frigate. Her stern was decorated in crimson-red and gold colors, along with the name of the infamous vessel. Legends say that the Revenge was built by Blackbeard's victims, though taking a closer look, it was actually constructed from them as well. Blackbeard was known to have kept the grisly bones and skeletons of his victims as trophies, displaying them in an unusual way.[11] The bow and the stern castle were decorated with numerous miniature skeletons, while the outer walls of Blackbeard's cabin were decorated with numerous skulls, which helped to give the ship a tough outer shell.[1] The captain's quarters on the Revenge were located in the rear of the ship and were designed to fight a mutiny. With little access in or out, the quarters were well-protected and would be hard for the mutineers to breach.[22] Like a monstrous creature, the Queen Anne's Revenge came to life as long as its captain wielded the Sword of Triton. Then the vessel will do his will, and spread terror in its bloody wake.[1]

At the aft of the ship, beneath the helm, were the captain's quarters. Most notably used by Blackbeard, the captain's quarters appeared more like the den of an evil magician. The nightmarish vision painted on the stained glass window, which can also be seen on the stern of the Revenge, depicts dead men writhing in flames, stoked by devilish characters. The window made the cabin, as well as the Queen Anne's Revenge itself, look truly fiendish and demonic.[1]

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The bow of the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Like many other pirate ships, the Queen Anne's Revenge flew its own Jolly Roger flag. Blackbeard had two different variations of his pirate flag aboard the Revenge. The first flag had a great horned skeleton holding a goblet of wine in one hand and a spear in the other, as if he's toasting his victims—this would later be used in the design of the Revenge's figurehead.[12][23] The second flag was a large skull with flames, which revealed Blackbeard's passion for forbidden dark magic.[1] Following Blackbeard's death, the Revenge flew a new version of Hector Barbossa's Jolly Roger, the crimson-red flag with the black skull and crossed swords.

The Queen Anne's Revenge was armed with 30 eighteen-pound cannons. Her firepower was strong enough to damage a ship gravely.[2] The secret weapon located in the bow of the Revenge is based on the Greek fire device of the ancient Byzantine Empire. Unleashed by the skeletal figurehead, a sulphurous spray spread all the fiery terrors of the inferno through enemy ranks. Greek fire was used to incinerate enemy ships, or the occasional crew member fallen out of favor.[10] The stern of the Revenge had lit whale oil lanterns. A stunning stained-glass window could be seen where a nightmarish vision was painted on the stained glass window, which depicted dead men writhing in flames.[1]

During the quest for the Fountain of Youth, the Queen Anne's Revenge had a mysterious advantage over the other ships racing for the Fountain, with supernatural factors taken into account when it came to Blackbeard's fearsome frigate. It carried a crew of around 125[21] to 200[6] sailors. Holding no ordinary ship's crew, the Revenge carried a crew consisting of a mixture of a human motley crew and zombie officers alike.[1] After Blackbeard's death at the Fountain of Youth, the zombies died along with him.[24]

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Angelica's cabin located at the Revenge's gun deck.

The crew's quarters were near the middle of the Queen Anne's Revenge, close to the ship's gun deck. This area was filled with hammocks that the crew slept in, or have secret meetings. The Revenge also had a brig in the gun deck. Near the gun deck was a room most notably used by Angelica as her personal quarters.[2][25]

The rigging of the Queen Anne's Revenge had three tall masts:[21] the fore, the mizzen, and the main. Unlike other ships, such as the Black Pearl, the Revenge had a spritsail topmast at the end of the bowsprit. The Revenge was also heavily loaded with sails to keep it moving even in low winds.[1] The ship's sails were painted blood red, but they were dirty, torn and tattered from long use and many battles.[26] Whenever docked, the Queen Anne's Revenge lowered its three-thousand pound anchors.[27]

Under the command of Hector Barbossa, the Revenge became the flagship of a powerful fleet that ruled the seas of the New World. With his riches, Captain Barbossa had the Revenge repaired and heavily redecorated. Originally a dying ship with a dying captain, the Revenge practically became a floating museum covered in gold.

Behind the scenes[]

Queen Anne's Revenge gun deck plans.
The Queen Anne's Revenge concept art by Wil Madoc Rees.
"I started drawing up these really beautiful baroque details for the ship that would make the ship look really rich and elegant. We showed the drawings to Jerry Bruckheimer and Rob Marshall, and they loved them, but Jerry said something interesting: that 'Blackbeard has to be the scariest pirate we've ever had in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.' Jerry said that since the most famous pirate flag is the skull and crossbones, we should work some skulls and skeletons into the actual design of the ship."
John Myhre[src]
"Oh, this be the Revenge, right enough."
"How do you know?"
"Seen the name. On the side. Of the ship.
Scrum and Jack Sparrow[src] (screenplay draft)
  • In Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio's screenplay for On Stranger Tides, as Jack Sparrow claims they are not on Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge, Scrum protests that they are on the Revenge, saying he saw the name painted on the side of the ship.[30]
  • The Queen Anne's Revenge was only mentioned once in Terry Rossio's screenplay draft for Dead Men Tell No Tales.[31] The ship's role was much greater in Jeff Nathanson's 2013 early draft of the script. The Revenge was docked in St. James, Jamaica when Pintel and Ragetti informed Barbossa about the loss of the Monarch in the Devil's Triangle. After interrogating the only survivor, Henry Maddox, Barbossa would have sailed the Revenge to the Triangle, where he would make a deal with the ghostly Captain John Brand - the Eye of Poseidon in exchange for Jack Sparrow's life. After capturing Sparrow and Carina Smyth on the island of Coronation Bay, Barbossa would sail the Revenge for the Triangle once again, chased by the Royal Navy warship, the Essex. The battle at sea would last long enough for both vessels to sail into the Triangle, where Brand would double cross Barbossa, which would result in the destruction of both the Revenge and the Essex.[32]
  • In real-world history, the Queen Anne's Revenge was never used after 1718 as it was stripped of Blackbeard's pirate plunder and abandoned on a sand bar, six months before Blackbeard's death. There is also no record of the Revenge being decorated with the skeletons of Blackbeard's victims or any use of Greek fire.
  • Blackbeard's flagship Queen Anne's Revenge is the first historical ship to be represented in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, because of its appearance in the fourth film, On Stranger Tides.[33][34] The Santiago, one of the ships used in Ponce de León's journey to the New World, also made an appearance.
  • One version of the Queen Anne's Revenge, which was fully computer-generated, can be seen on the river in the opening Walt Disney Pictures logo sequence for On Stranger Tides.[35][36]
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, the Queen Anne's Revenge is crewed by jumbees led by LaSchafe.
  • In LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, the Queen Anne's Revenge appeared to have chase guns located at the bow of the ship, similar to the Flying Dutchman. It is possible that those were meant to be cannons that unleashed Greek fire.
  • In the On Stranger Tides visual guide and the Dead Men Tell No Tales Behind the Scenes magazine, it was incorrectly stated that the Queen Anne's Revenge is armed with seventy guns.[37] Whereas in both film appearances, the ship is armed with thirty guns.
  • The Queen Anne's Revenge appears briefly in Tim Powers' novel On Stranger Tides, which was used as the basis for the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. However, she had no active role in the novel.


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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 30-31: "Queen Anne's Revenge"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  4. 4.0 4.1 Looking Back Over The Stern: Grog Blog
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Pirates of the Caribbean Online
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 48-49: "Naval Files"
  7. Below Deck: An Interactive History Of Pirates
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Brief History of Blackbeard & Queen Anne's Revenge
  9. "The real Blackbeard captured over 20 ships, so I pitched the idea that he kept the one that was the most elegant and grandest." - John Myhre, Pirates of the Caribbean 4 production notes, pg. 21.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Pirates 4 Poster Debut: Blackbeard - IGN
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 28-29: "Blackbeard"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 38-39: "Blackbeard's Cabin"
  14. Bottled ships
  15. The Queen Anne's Revenge Sets Sail!: Grog Blog
  16. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 32-33: "Philip Swift"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel
  18. Pirates des Caraïbes: La Vengeance de Salazar - Le roman du film, pp. 72-73
  19. Pirates des Caraïbes: La Vengeance de Salazar - Le roman du film, p. 92
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Storybook, p. 36
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization), p. 45
  22. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization)
  23. Did You Know? ...On Stranger Tides edition: Grog Blog
  24. In the original Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides screenplay, the zombies decomposed as Blackbeard died at the Fountain of Youth. But as that scene was altered, it is unknown of the fate of the zombies, though it is assumed that the zombies died as there were no zombies under Barbossa's command.
  25. Queen Anne's Revenge Gun Deck Plans
  26. Last Sail, First Voyage
  27. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization)
  28. 28.0 28.1 POTC4 Presskit
  29. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Set Photos
  30. Wordplayer.com: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
  31. Wordplayer.com: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES by Terry Rossio
  32. Dead Men Tell No Tales script by Jeff Nathanson, second draft, 5/6/2013
  33. "Pirate Fact: “Queen Anne’s Revenge” is the first historical ship to be represented in any of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies." - Timeline Photos | Pirates of the Caribbean | Facebook
  34. Pirate Lore – and Much More! | Disney Insider | Disney
  35. Death Fall - The Visual Effects of MPC on Stranger Tides
  36. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN – ON STRANGER Tides: Anders Langlands - CG Supervisor - MPC | The Art of VFX - Archived
  37. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Behind the Scenes, p. 14
Pirate ships in Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirate ships
AdventureBlack BarnacleBlack Bart's shipBlack DogBlack HarbingerBlack PearlBlack Pearl (frigate)BuzzardCenturionChing's flagshipCobraCursed crew's pirate shipCutlassDeath OmenDolphinDragonDying GullEmpressFancyFleur de la MortFortuneFuchuanGhostly SeadogGretchenGrim ReaperHai PengHanyu PinyinHarkawayHMS InterceptorJack Sparrow's sloopJack Sparrow's corvetteJack Sparrow's galleonJack Sparrow's bilanderKing George's AmnestyKin Tai FongKirbacKoldunyaLa Vipère Misty LadyMonkeebuttNemesisNeptuneNingpoOtterParadoxPearlPhantomPirate galleonPrincessQueen Anne's RevengeRangerRed DragonRevenantRevengeRoyal FortuneRuddy RoseSatisfactionSea NymphSea StarSerefSiren's RevengeSongSparrowStorm ReaperSwiftTroubadourVenganzaVictoryWicked Wench

Merchant ships in Pirates of the Caribbean
Merchant ships
La ConcordeDutch fluteEarl KingEdinburgh TraderFair WindHawk's shipHenriettaLindesfarne
Molly DoverNataliePrincessRuddy RoseS CarlowScuttled shipSeraphTerpsichoreUnnamed merchant shipVictoryWicked Wench

vdeCrew of the Queen Anne's Revenge
Captain: Blackbeard (controlled by Jolly Roger)
Queen Anne's Revenge
Jumbees: LaSchafe

Captain: Blackbeard
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Zombie Officers: GunnerMaster-at-ArmsQuartermasterYeoman

Captain: Blackbeard
Queen Anne's Revenge
AngelicaCabin BoyCookDerrickEzekielGarheng
PurserSalamanJack SparrowScrumPhilip Swift
Zombie Officers: GunnerMaster-at-ArmsQuartermasterYeoman

Captain: Hector Barbossa
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Cabin BoyEzekielGarhengSalamanScrum

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Queen Anne's Revenge