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Blackbeard, Slutty Vegan & Jeremy Denk

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Quote of the day

Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.

-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Blackbeard and the Pirates of the Georgia Coast


Of all the pirates that roamed the Atlantic seas, perhaps the most notorious was Blackbeard. Much that has been written about Blackbeard blends fact with fiction, making the legendary pirate even more mysterious. In 1996, divers in Beaufort Inlet found a sunken ship that dates to Blackbeard’s era and some believe to be his pirate ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Efforts are ongoing to excavate and study the shipwreck and learn more about the age of piracy.

It is believed Edward Thatch (sometimes erroneously reported as Teach) was born in Bristol, England in the late 1600s. He had a commanding presence, standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 250 pounds, with long black hair and braided beard tied with ribbons. Blackbeard preyed on ships from New England to the Virgin Islands. On the stolen Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard would attack ships that carried riches from the New World, pounding them into submission with his 40 cannon. Then looking like a brother of the Devil that he claimed to be, Blackbeard would storm aboard a captured vessel, with pistols and knives in his sash, cutlass in his hand, and dagger in his teeth. For additional effect, Blackbeard would light small pieces of slow-burning rope that were tied to his beard and hair, creating a smoldering hallucination of a beast from hell.

In the early 1700s, privateers were employed by England during the War of Spanish Succession to raid Spanish galleons that were returning from the New World with gold and silver stolen from Indian nations in the Americas. When the war ended in 1713, these buccaneers turned to freelancing, raiding any and all ships that might be carrying valuable cargo. Blackbeard seized a French ship in 1717 and began his reign of terror along the southeastern coast of the U.S. and Caribbean. His home base from 1716–1718 was in North Carolina, where he had an agreement with the royal governor.
It is widely believed that Blackbeard also used the Georgia coast, where its meandering tidal rivers, inlets, and barrier islands served as excellent hiding places. He and his crew would quickly strike at ships then retreat to hide. It is believed that somewhere on Georgia’s barrier islands is buried treasure, and treasure hunters with metal detectors are a common sight on some of Georgia’s developed islands.

Reportedly, Blackbeard bragged that no one but he and the Devil knew where he kept his treasure hidden, and the one who lived the longest could keep it. It appears that the Devil won that contest. Blackbeard met his match in June 1718, when he was killed off the coast of North Carolina in hand-to-hand combat with Lt. Robert Maynard of His Majesty’s Pearl. Maynard decapitated the cruel pirate, displayed the head as a warning to other raiders, and cast the body into the sea. Legend has it that Blackbeard’s skull was made into a macabre silver-plated cup, and Blackbeard’s headless ghost guards his treasure somewhere on a remote, deserted isle—maybe Blackbeard Island.

News bites


Atlanta-based restaurant Slutty Vegan is headed to Savannah. Could a permanent home follow?
Popular Atlanta-based restaurant Slutty Vegan announced on Jan. 18 plans to come to Savannah. While details are still forthcoming, locals are excited. Read more.
Atlanta-based restaurant Slutty Vegan is headed to Savannah. Could a permanent home follow?
Popular Atlanta-based restaurant Slutty Vegan announced on Jan. 18 plans to come to Savannah. While details are still forthcoming, locals are excited. Read more.
Liberty County School System to shift to virtual learning Thursday
LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — The Liberty County School System (LCSS) is shifting to virtual learning due to a spike in COVID-19 infections. The school system says students will have… Read more.
Liberty County School System to shift to virtual learning Thursday
LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — The Liberty County School System (LCSS) is shifting to virtual learning due to a spike in COVID-19 infections. The school system says students will have… Read more.
Page not found – Enmarket Arena
The Enmarket Arena is working hard to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff in accordance with local and national guidelines. There are a few key changes being implemented for a safer and healthier venue.. Read more.
Page not found – Enmarket Arena
The Enmarket Arena is working hard to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff in accordance with local and national guidelines. There are a few key changes being implemented for a safer and healthier venue.. Read more.
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: M/WBE and SBE Certification Workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
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Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: M/WBE and SBE Certification Workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Read more.
COVID-19 Testing Resumes at Savannah Civic Center 
Free COVID-19 testing by the Coastal Health District will resume at the Savannah Civic Center beginning Monday, January 10,… Continue Reading Read more.
COVID-19 Testing Resumes at Savannah Civic Center 
Free COVID-19 testing by the Coastal Health District will resume at the Savannah Civic Center beginning Monday, January 10,… Continue Reading Read more.

EVENTS


Today

Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.

Thursday

Trippy Thursdays | Savannah, GA | LsssUp Ent
Lawless Ent & Liquid Cafe present: Trippy Thursdays Every 3rd Thursday of the month Hookah & Bottle Service available Ladies FREE with RSVP Read more.
Trippy Thursdays | Savannah, GA | LsssUp Ent
Lawless Ent & Liquid Cafe present: Trippy Thursdays Every 3rd Thursday of the month Hookah & Bottle Service available Ladies FREE with RSVP Read more.
Yes, Queen! Drag Queen Pub Crawl SAVANNAH
Party with the HOTTEST Queens in town!. Bachelorette Birthdays! Read more.
Yes, Queen! Drag Queen Pub Crawl SAVANNAH
Party with the HOTTEST Queens in town!. Bachelorette Birthdays! Read more.

Friday

Public Mind (Augusta) at The Wormhole
Augusta rockers Public Mind at The WormholePublic Mind is a 3 piece Alternative/indie Rock band out of Augusta, GA. Our influences span many different genres of music, including Punk, Rock,… Read more.
Public Mind (Augusta) at The Wormhole
Augusta rockers Public Mind at The WormholePublic Mind is a 3 piece Alternative/indie Rock band out of Augusta, GA. Our influences span many different genres of music, including Punk, Rock,… Read more.

Saturday

AAU Tryouts
DtIm3 are having our 2022 AAU travel baseball tryouts for girls and boys Jan. 17 and 22nd @ Level up. Sign up today Read more.
AAU Tryouts
DtIm3 are having our 2022 AAU travel baseball tryouts for girls and boys Jan. 17 and 22nd @ Level up. Sign up today Read more.
A Sea Full of Stars
After an unexpected birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, April must come to terms with her new life and the guilt of her reaction to it.Join us for a beautiful evening… Read more.
A Sea Full of Stars
After an unexpected birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, April must come to terms with her new life and the guilt of her reaction to it.Join us for a beautiful evening… Read more.
2022 Dining in the Dark
This event is sold out! To be added to a waiting list in case tickets become available, please contact Smcclelland@savannahcblv.orgWhat happens in the Dark? This unique dining experience will take… Read more.
2022 Dining in the Dark
This event is sold out! To be added to a waiting list in case tickets become available, please contact Smcclelland@savannahcblv.orgWhat happens in the Dark? This unique dining experience will take… Read more.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.

Sunday

Palmyra Band | Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah, 
Palmyra Band happening at Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E Lathrop Ave, Savannah, United States on Sun Jan 23 2022 at 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Read more.
Palmyra Band | Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah, 
Palmyra Band happening at Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E Lathrop Ave, Savannah, United States on Sun Jan 23 2022 at 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Read more.
Pressing Strings
Indie, Folk, Soul Read more.
Pressing Strings
Indie, Folk, Soul Read more.

Monday

IEC Business Summit 2022 | The DeSoto, Savannah, GA | January 24 to January 26
IEC Business Summit 2022 happening at The DeSoto, 15 E Liberty St, Savannah, United States on Mon Jan 24 2022 at 08:00 am to Wed Jan 26 2022 at 11:30… Read more.
IEC Business Summit 2022 | The DeSoto, Savannah, GA | January 24 to January 26
IEC Business Summit 2022 happening at The DeSoto, 15 E Liberty St, Savannah, United States on Mon Jan 24 2022 at 08:00 am to Wed Jan 26 2022 at 11:30… Read more.

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