- Nov. 22, 2018
-- Nautilus Productions LLC's Rick Allen proudly contributed to the BBC's radio documentary about the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, on the 300th anniversary of his death. The radio documentary begins at the 4:00 min. mark and our contribution begins at 48:54. The Blackbeard story is narrated by Bristol born Pirates of the Caribbean actor Kevin McNally and features historian Baylus Brooks.
Nov. 22, 1718: Troops on board the Jane
and the Ranger
, dispatched by Virginia Gov. Alexander Spotswood, approach Blackbeard's sloop, Adventure [II]
and the pirates open fire. The troops take cover below deck. Believing they've won the battle, the pirates board the Jane
and are overpowered by crewmen bursting from the hold where they were hiding. Thache is killed in the fierce battle and Blackbeard's head is suspended from the Jane's bowsprit and the remaining pirates taken prisoner. Maynard later examined Thache's body, noting that it had been shot no fewer than five times and cut about twenty. He also found several items of correspondence, including a letter to Thache from Tobias Knight, the Royal Secretary for North Carolina seeking a meeting between Blackbeard and Governor Charles Eden. The existence of the letter written by Knight to Thache and the fact that cargo taken from the "Sugar Ship" was stored by Thache in Knight's warehouse lead to accusations that Knight and Eden were colluding with the pirates. Nothing came of the accusations against either Knight or Governor Eden.
To listen to BBC Bristol's radio documentary go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06s6zfx