Much has been written locally about Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and his “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” but less regarding Stede Bonnet—a fellow pirate. All accounts and stories target Beaufort and the protected area of
“Unusual, unlikely and unprepared best describe Stede Bonnet, who was an educated, affluent and respected plantation owner until he decided to become a pirate.
Major Bonnet, as he was known for his affiliation with the island militia, was a wealthy sugar plantation owner from a respected English family. He lived in
Rather than stealing or capturing a ship, Bonnet bought one—something unheard of for a pirate. The ship [probably similar to the sloop below] had a single gun deck with 10 pieces of artillery. Bonnet named it “The Revenge.” Bonnet recruited his gang from local taverns and organized a band of about 70 men. Rather than drawing up a contract for the men to sign, as was customary, Bonnet paid his crew a salary from his own pocket. This, too, was unusual for a pirate, but it helped him retain command over his men.
Bonnet kept his ship in the harbor for several days before leaving one night with no word to his family. Though inexperienced, he was moderately successful, taking ships off the coasts of
After being pardoned and getting his ship back, Bonnet set sail for
The above text is from The Age of Pirates.
WIKIPEDIA Online Encyclopedia time line notes: MAY 1718 The Queen Anne's Revenge and Adventure are both lost in Beaufort Inlet, NC one week later. Blackbeard allows Stede Bonnet to once again command the Revenge, which is renamed the Royal James. Bonnet rescues 25 sailors abandoned by Blackbeard on a sandbar and continues his life of piracy.