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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) ______________________________________________________________________________________________

"And what of you? The mighty Blackbeard. Beheaded, they say. Still, your body swam three times around your ship and climbed back onboard."
Jack Sparrow to Blackbeard[src]

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.

By his Majesty's Lieutenant Governor, and Commander in Chief, of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia,


A PROCLAMATION,


Publishing the Rewards given for apprehending, or killing, Pyrates.

WHereas, by an Act of Assembly, made at a Session of Assembly, begun at the Capital in Williamsburgh, the eleventh Day of November, in the fifth Year of his Majesty's Reign, entituled , An Act to encourage the apprehending and destroying of Pyrates: It is, amongst other Things enacted, that all and every Person, or Persons, who, from and after the fourteenth Day of November, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighteen, and before the fourteenth Day of November, which shall be in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and nineteen, shall take any Pyrate, or Pyrates, on the Sea or Land, or in Case of Resistance, shall kill any such Pyrate, or Pyrates, between the Degrees of thirty four, and thirty nine, of Northern Latitude, and within one hundred Leagues of the Continent of Virginia, or within the Provinces of Virginia, or North Carolina, upon the Conviction, or making due Proof of the killing of all, and every such Pyrate, and Pyrates, before the Governor and Council, shall be entitled to have, and receive out of the publick Money, in the Hands of the Treasurer of this Colony, the several Rewards following; that is to say, for Edward Teach, commonly call'd Captain Teach, or Black-Beard, one hundred Pounds, for every other Commander of a Pyrate Ship, Sloop, or Vessel, forty Pounds; for every Lieutenant, Master, or Quarter-Master, Boatswain, or Carpenter, twenty Pounds; for every other inferior Officer, fifteen Pounds, and for every private Man taken on Board such Ship , Sloop, or Vessel, ten Pounds; and, that for every Pyrate, which shall be taken by any Ship, Sloop or Vessel, belonging to this Colony, or North-Carolina, within the Time aforesaid, in any Place whatsoever, the like Rewards shall be paid according to the Quality and Condition of such Pyrates. Wherefore, for the Encouragement of all such Persons as shall be willing to serve his Majesty, and their Country, in so just and honourable an Undertaking, as the suppressing a Sort of People, who may be truly called Enemies to Mankind: I have thought fit, with the Advice and Consent of his Majesty's Council, to issue this Proclamation, hereby declaring, the said Rewards shall be punctually and justly paid, in current Money of Virginia, according to the Directions of the said Act. And, I do order and appoint this Proclamation, to be published by the Sheriffs, at their respective County-Houses, and by all Ministers and Readers, in the several Churches and Chappels, throughout this Colony.

Given at our Council-Chamber at Williamsburgh, this 24th Day
of November, 1718, in the fifth Year of his Majesty's Reign.


GOD SAVE THE KING.


A. SPOTSWOOD.

Maynard's expeditionEdit

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.

The battleEdit

Ocracoke battle

The Adventure flees from the Jane and the Ranger.

"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[src]

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.

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