June 23, 2013
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Anchorage Marina is busy with charter fishing boats. This afternoon, the charter, Gecko, came into dock and unloaded their catch. A large yellow fin tuna was the prize.
I guess it is a
little unusual to catch a yellow fin tuna that large. The Gulfstream is so close to
Ocracoke that they tend to catch some large fish. Charlie has been impressed. He is now
planning a trip to Ocracoke via the Ferry He thinks he could do it in a day. I heard the whooping and hollering on dock so
I went down to see what was going on. By
the time I got to the deck, the young son of the gentleman who caught the tuna
was dragging that prize all over the dock. He was a strong fella!
|Gecko charter boat|
|Yellow fin tuna|
We shared a delicious ice cream at Sweet Tooth and then went to the museum dedicated to the pirate Blackbeard. The nice woman let us take Bella in for the short video presentation. Blackbeard’s real name was Edward Teach. He was born in Bristol, England and historians think he may have come from a wealthy family because, unlike other pirates, he could read and write. He was captured, killed and beheaded aboard his ship in Ocracoke. The order to capture Blackbeard came from the governor of Virginia, Spotswood. Royal Navy Lieutenant Maynard was chosen to lead the mission.
On November 22, 1718, the heated battle took place. Maynard’s two ships, Jane and Ranger, were both fired upon by Blackbeard. Ranger was badly damaged and several of Maynard’s crew died instantly. When Jane was hit, Maynard instructed his crewmen to go below and the entire ship took on the illusion of death. In the smoke and fire of battle, Blackbeard was fooled into leading a charge aboard Maynard’s vessel. Maynard and his men surprised the pirates and proceeded to cut them down one by one. After suffering twenty-five stab wounds and five bullets from the vicious battle, Blackbeard died.
|Our little Blackbeard|