Blackbeard the Pirate
A decade or so ago (yes, I've been here that long), a Beaufort District Collection Room customer got very annoyed with me upon learning that the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge was in that other Beaufort (the one pronounced Bo fert) in North Carolina. He was most definitely in the wrong state. Although Blackbeard plied these waters, he was captured and killed off Beaufort, NC 293 years ago today.
Read more about him his final days in a History Channel online magazine article.
Maritime archaeology activities have been on-going since the ship was discovered in 1996. See artifacts and video of the recovery efforts in Beaufort, NC here.
For library owned materials about pirates, read the list on Pirates under the "Local History Treasures brought to you by the Beaufort District Collection" on the Library system's "Recommended Reading" page.
For just plain fun -- (it is the start of the holiday season after all) for a limited time only -- learn how to speak Pirate from the folks at Mango!