This page is designed to provide informations on the historical battle of Ocracoke Inlet, the final battle of Blackbeard the Pirate. Note that there is a difference between the real-world outcome of the battle, and the one in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In real-world history, Blackbeard was killed in that battle, while in the POTC universe he survived the battle, though it is still unknown how. Work in progress - \\Captain Uskok// — Ahoy! 08:49, September 7, 2011 (UTC) ______________________________________________________________________________________________
The Battle of Ocracoke Inlet was the best known battle of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Fought in November 1718 between the British Royal Navy crews led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard and Blackbeard's crew, the battle ended with Blackbeard's death, starting the end of the Golden Age of Piracy.
Prelude to battleEdit
Having accepted a Royal Pardon, Teach had apparently retired from piracy. However, Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia became concerned that the notorious freebooter lived nearby. Spotswood decided to eliminate Blackbeard, even though he lived outside of Spotswood's jurisdiction.
The Governor consulted with the Captains of the two Men of War, viz. the Pearl and Lime, who had lain in St. James 's River, about ten months. It was agreed that the Governor should hire a couple of small sloops, and the Men of War should man them; this was accordingly done, and the command of them given to Mr. Robert Maynard , first Lieutenant of the Pearl , an experienced officer, and a gentleman of great bravery and resolution. The sloops were well mann'd and furnished with ammunition and small arms, but had no guns mounted.
About the time of their going out, the Governor called an assembly, in which it was resolved to publish a proclamation, offering certain rewards to any person or persons, who, within a year after that time, should take or destroy any pirate: The original proclamation was as follows.
Maynard's sloops (named Jane and Ranger) sailed from Kecoughtan, along the James River, on 17 November. Maynard found the pirates anchored on the inner side of Ocracoke Island, on the evening of 21 November. He had ascertained their position from ships he had stopped along his journey, but unfamiliar with the local channels and shoals he decided to wait until the following morning to make his attack. He stopped all traffic from entering the inlet—preventing any warning of his presence—and posted a lookout on both sloops to ensure that Teach could not escape to sea. On the other side of the island, Teach was busy entertaining guests and had not set a lookout. With Israel Hands ashore in Bath with about 24 of the Adventure's sailors, he also had a much-reduced crew. On board his ship was thirteen white pirates and six black Africans.
- "Damn you for villains, who are you? And from whence came you?"
"You may see by our colors, we are no pirates."
- ―Blackbeard and Robert Maynard
At daybreak, preceded by a small boat taking soundings, Maynard's two sloops entered the channel. The small craft was quickly spotted by the Adventure and fired at as soon as it was within range of her guns. While the boat made a quick retreat to the Jane, Teach cut the Adventure's anchor cable. His crew hoisted the sails and the Adventure manoeuvred to point her starboard guns toward Maynard's sloops, which were slowly closing the gap. The Union Jack was unfurled on each ship. The Adventure then turned toward the beach of Ocracoke Island, heading for a narrow channel.