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Captain Robert Maynard, known for killing the pirate Blackbeard, dies on January 1, 1750. Maynard served as third lieutenant on the HMS Bedford from 1709 until to 1716 when he was made first lieutenant of the HMS Pearl. In 1739 he was promoted to commander and a year later to captain. Maynard was given command of the vessels Ranger and Jane in order to hunt down Blackbeard in 1718. Image of a memorial plaque at St. Martin's Church Great Mongeham in Kent, England by Steve N.

From my visit in March, 2014 along Springer's Point on the way to Teach's Hole where Blackbeard met his demise.






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Captain Robert Maynard, known for killing the pirate Blackbeard, dies on January 1, 1750. Maynard served as third lieutenant on the HMS Bedford from 1709 until to 1716 when he was made first lieutenant of the HMS Pearl. In 1739 he was promoted to commander and a year later to captain. Maynard was given command of the vessels Ranger and Jane in order to hunt down Blackbeard in 1718. Image of a memorial plaque at St. Martin's Church Great Mongeham in Kent, England by Steve N.

From my visit in March, 2014 along Springer's Point on the way to Teach's Hole where Blackbeard met his demise.

Blue Fish
Maynard never gets enough credit. To take on Blackbeard without any cannons was suicidal, but he won. Great man.


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Certainly one of the underrated altercations in U.S. History for sure!


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On this day, January 2nd, in 1813, the schooner Patriot was lost off Cape Hatteras, most likely due to a storm, but it was never determined. The logbooks from the British fleet blockade does describe server weather that day, but the other school of thought was that pirates were the ones to blame.

Vice President Aaron Burr's daughter was on the ship and her fate remains unknown to this day. Her ghost has been seen wandering the beach according to legend. She was bringing a portrait of herself to her father. This is a replica of the portrait that's at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Community Museum in Hatteras.




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Thanks for these, Blue Fish. Very interesting. I need to get back down to the Graveyard of the Atlantic!


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On this day in 1712 the general assembly of the colony ordered that a fort be constructed near Core Sound with a garrison of 30 men to guard settlers from any attacks by the native Coree inhabitants. There is little record available to determine if the plans were ever carried out. Tensions were probably high between the two groups as encroachment on hunting and fishing grounds of the natives grew exceedingly worse. On this portion of a 1709 map by John Lawson the waters we know today as Core Sound and Newport River are labeled as Coranine, possibly the actual name of the native people from the area.




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65 years ago this year, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was officially established. Despite all of the growth at Hatteras, more than half of the island is protected from private ownership and future development. The name “Hatteras” was coined by Sir Richard Grenville in 1585 and appeared as “Hatrask.” a map. The word is commonly thought to be an old Indian expression that means “there is less vegetation.”

This is the Cape Hatteras Life Guard Station, which later became part of the Durant Motel, and was upended by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.





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Thank you, again, Blue Fish.


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Yes!! Thank you Blue Fish! Lots of really cool history in the area!